The Timberland High School wrestling team will take its shot at a Lower State wrestling title for the second time in three years.
The Wolves host Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for the right to advance to the Class AA-A state championship. The match begins at 6 p.m.
“Well, we know what we need to do to get to the state championship match and that means beating Bamberg on Wednesday,” Timberland wrestling coach Ryan Rhoades said. “It’s going to be a battle. They’ve got a full lineup of good wrestlers. We’ve got our lineup. I like our lineup. If we wrestle our best we’re on to the state championship match but it’s a whole-team effort and every guy must play his role. Everyone on the team is important.”
Timberland wrestled for the Class 3A Lower State crown in 2017, coming up short against Battery Creek.
The Lower State winner will tangle with either North Central or Ninety-Six from the Upper State in the state championship match at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Airport High School.
In the opening rounds on Saturday, Timberland coasted past Philip Simmons, 70-9, and Military Magnet, 51-27.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt defeated Barnwell, 72-0, and C.A. Johnson, 66-12, to advance.
Counting forfeits, five Timberland wrestlers posted victories in both of their matches. Pedro Kinard (132) and Roman Wadford (145) were 2-0 on the mat.
Austin Morris (106, win, forfeit), Aaron Meree (113, win, forfeit) and CJ Martin (120, two forfeits) were 2-0.
Dominick Milligan (182, one win), and Hunter Elswick (195, one win) were 1-0.