Every point will matter this weekend for Grand Strand wrestling squads, with nine beginning their respective quests through the state tournament.
Carolina Forest, the Region VI-5A champion, will play host first- and second-round playoff action Saturday. The Panthers — ranked No. 17 in Class 5A in the latest SCMAT rankings — will get Spring Valley to open the postseason, with a potential matchup with Fort Dorchester or White Knoll looming the same afternoon.
Socastee is headed to Ashley Ridge for first round, where it will take on Region V-5A’s No. 3 team, Lexington. Should the Braves advance, they would face either the host Foxes or Irmo.
Conway will go to River Bluff on Saturday, opening the playoffs against Region VII-5A’s No. 3 team Stratford. The Tigers would face either the host Gators or Summerville in the second round.
Region VII-4A champion North Myrtle Beach will begin its playoff quest at home, taking on A.C. Flora. Following a solid stretch en route to the league title, the Chiefs moved up to No. 10 in the latest SCMAT rankings. If able to advance, they’d meet either Hilton Head Island or Darlington for an opportunity to compete in the Lower State semifinal round.
Right behind them at No. 11 is St. James, which will take on Lower Richland in first-round competition. Should the Sharks advance, on the other side of the mat would be host Cane Bay.
Region VII-4A’s No. 3 squad, Myrtle Beach, will take on Dreher in the first round. If able to get past the Blue Devils, the Seahawks would face either host Lugoff-Elgin or Berkeley.
Myrtle Beach also finds itself ranked by SCMAT, coming in at No. 17 in Class 4A.
Due to winning Region VI-3A, Aynor earned a first-round bye. The Blue Jackets, ranked No. 16 in Class 3A, will host either May River or Gilbert in second-round competition Saturday afternoon.
Waccamaw will head down to Battery Creek on Saturday, taking on Bishop England in the first round. Later that day, should they advance the Warriors will take on either the host Dolphins or Pelion.
As for Loris, it will head to Region VII-3A champion Timberland. Awaiting either team in the second round is Edisto or Bluffton.
AREA WRESTLERS RANKED BY SCMAT
No. 8: P.J. Wunderlich, Carolina Forest
No. 2: John Winzenried, Carolina Forest
No. 5: Brennan Michael, North Myrtle Beach
No. 4: Rahsaan Vereen, North Myrtle Beach
No. 6: Brandon Ellis, St. James
No. 4: Curtis Wolfe, North Myrtle Beach
No. 2: Stephen Desjardins, Myrtle Beach
No. 6: Marcelous Livingston, North Myrtle Beach
No. 3: Pedro Reyes, Myrtle Beach
No. 7: Kwame Livingston, North Myrtle Beach
No. 8: Dalen Johnson, Aynor
No. 4: Seth Sarvis, Aynor
No. 5: DreQwan McCray, Aynor
No. 3: Timmothy Bell, Loris
No. 6: Drake Carroll, Aynor