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The West Brunswick High School wrestling team won the Waccamaw Conference championship by beating South Brunswick 57-17 Friday at West.
On coach Jimmy Caraway’s birthday, the Trojans won six non-forfeited matches and four forfeited matches.
“The boys gave me a good present,” Caraway said, “but I’m still not happy with the way some of them wrestled. We have some things to work on.”
The three county high schools will wrestle in an individual tourney Feb. 9 at South. The victory for West, 15-4 overall, clinched a spot in the NCHSAA Class 3A state dual championships, which begin Feb. 12.
“We have to get our conditioning up,” Caraway said. “We wrestled a little bit on our knees, a little bit flat.
“But it feels good to win. South Brunswick always got a good team. We didn’t underestimate them one bit.”
At 120, West sophomore Jyquan Green (21-1) , wrestling one weight class higher, beat junior Jarrett Walls (18-12) by fall with 21 seconds left in the second period.
“I knew Jyquan wanted to wrestle him and get some payback from the last time they wrestled,” Caraway said. “I was happy that Jyquan got the pin, but I did not expect it.”
At 145, West freshman Sterlin Fullerton (11-6) beat freshman Justin Keith (1-9) 9-7.
At 160, West junior Dylan Darguzas (20-3) won by fall with 9.1 seconds left in the second period over sophomore Christian Stiller (1-3).
At 182, West senior Caleb Dispirito (11-9) won by fall with 59.3 seconds left in the second period over junior Bailey Hill (8-17), wrestling two weight classes higher than usual.
At 195, West senior Dakota Smith (18-4) won by fall with 9.2 seconds left in the first period over freshman Matt Byrd (11-17), wrestling one weight class higher than usual.
At 285, West junior Marquis Brown (9-2) won by fall in the second period over sophomore Colby Hill (19-8).
South won four matches.
At 132, junior Dustin Jones (18-11), wrestling one weight class higher, beat sophomore Malik Gore (8-6) 9-1.
At 152, junior Trey Borsuk (11-6) beat senior Edge Kirby (6-11) 8-0.
At 170, freshman Austin Sasser (6-16) won by fall with 19.2 seconds left in the second period over senior Nolan Scoggins (6-6).
In a 220-pound match that had the most interest for the spectators, unbeaten South junior Trent Allen (17-0) won over senior Bobby McRainey (16-3) 7-3.
“Trent Allen is an awesome wrestler,” Caraway said. “Bobby did great. That was a great high school match. I was happy with Bobby’s performance. He wrestled well. And Trent always wrestles well.”
West gained 24 points from forfeits 106, 113, 126 and 138 pounds. West won two of the four junior varsity matches, getting victories by Stone Davis and Kevin Eubanks.