Cane Bay High School’s wrestling team has hosted a tournament every winter for the last nine years but has had to watch the championship match from the stands each time.
On Saturday, that streak came to an end. The Cobras advanced to the finals of the Cane Bay Duals before losing 33-30 to fellow Class AAAA power Lugoff-Elgin High School. Cane Bay entered the season ranked No. 3 in AAAA and Lugoff-Elgin sixth.
The Cobras finished 4-1, with wins over North Charleston (66-14), Wando (47-28), Stratford (36-34) and Beaufort (57-18) before the entertaining finale.
Lugoff-Elgin was 5-0 with additional victories over Stall (71-12), Summerville (38-28), Beaufort (45-21) and Stratford (40-33).
“I feel like we wrestled pretty good today,” Cane Bay coach Tim Wash said. “I felt like we got stronger as the day went by. Lugoff is a good team. That close a match, if one thing is different, it could change things. I try not to measure it by the scoreboard, plus it’s earlier in the season. It helps us to see them. We’re going to be going up there (on the weekend) to their tournament.”
Last season, the two met in the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs and Lugoff-Elgin also won a competitive clash.
On Saturday, Cane Bay led 24-21 with 10 of 14 bouts completed but the Demons finished strong. Lugoff-Elgin recorded a pin at 120 pounds to take the lead 27-24, and consecutive decisions at 126 and 132 clinched the title. Cane Bay’s Jacob D’Ambrosio earned a pin at 138 pounds made the final score closer.
In the first five bouts, Cane Bay’s lone victory was a 3-2 decision at 160 pounds by Spencer Wall as the Demons built a 15-3 lead.
The Cobras made up the deficit with back-to-back pins by Chase Smith and Caine Hartnet in the 195-pound and 220-pound matches.
Lugoff-Elgin regained the advantage, 21-15, with a pin in the heavyweight bout.
Cane Bay rallied with a decision at 106 by Domenic D’Antico and pin by Dougie Metts in the 113-pound match but couldn’t hang on.
Stratford and Beaufort shared third place after winning their pools.
Summerville was 4-1 after going 1-1 in pool play. Hanahan was 2-3 and Berkeley 1-4.