Summerville, S.C. - The Summerville Green Wave is set to compete against the Fort Mill team in the Class AAAAA Wrestling State Championship match. This will mark the second time in three seasons that the Green Wave has reached the state title match, having secured their spot with a 39-24 victory over the River Bluff team on February 8th in the Lower State Championship. The 5A State Championship match is scheduled for tonight, February 11th, at 7 p.m. at Dreher High School.
The Green Wave got off to a strong start against River Bluff, with four weight classes won by falls in the first period. Landon Deaton started things off with a pin in the 106-pound weight class, followed by Xavier Anderson (113 pounds), Caleb Herring (120), and Kayleb Pinckney (126). Despite the River Bluff team securing a decision at 132, the Green Wave dominated with three consecutive decisions from Ben Guilliam (138), Preston Smith (145), and Hassan Williams (152) to take a 33-3 lead.
Although the River Bluff team managed to make a comeback with decisions in the next three classes, the Green Wave's lead proved insurmountable as the Gators were unable to secure bonus points in any of those classes. A first-round pin from Mason Ayers at 195 pounds put the Green Wave ahead 39-12, and the final two weight classes were forfeited.
Summerville has a history of success in state wrestling championships, with multiple titles under its belt. Although the current coach, Darryl Tucker, was an assistant coach on some of those championship teams, he is still searching for his first state title as a head coach. In the 2020-21 season, Tucker led the Green Wave to the state finals but lost to Hillcrest in the championship game.
The state championship matches will be streamed live on the NFHS Network, with a monthly pass available for purchase for $11.99.