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Beaufort wrestling again aiming for region title


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – It may be a new region but the Beaufort High wrestling program is not changing its top goal – to win the region 7-AAAA championship.

Beaufort is in a new region this year with Colleton County, Hilton Head and Bluffton. The Eagles have set their sights on winning the region crown and are well on their way to doing so. As of January 14th, Beaufort was 13-4 in dual matches overall and is ranked eighth in the state among Class AAAA schools by

Beaufort has several wrestlers that are expected to challenge for individual state championships in February. The Lower State individual state qualifier is February 15-16 and the state finals are the following weekend in Anderson. The state duals playoffs begin February 2nd with the state finals set for February 9th in Columbia.

According to, Michael Cenci is currently ranked third in AAAA among 170-pounders. James Dagin, who can wrestle 152 or 160, is ranked fourth in the 152-pound weight class.

Theo Washington wrestles at 195 and is ranked fifth overall in the state while Jeremiah Simmons is ranked sixth at 160 pounds but also has competed at 170.

Jacob Denton is ranked seventh in AAAA among 138-pounders.

Greg Bayne is having a solid season at 106 pounds and AJ Patton is solid at 113. Peyton Bayne competes at 120 while Marcus Spann is at 126. Another contender is Kaywan Johnson at 132 pounds while Robert Cruikshank is a strong competitor at 145 pounds. John Legree is wrestling at 182 pounds.

Beaufort’s girls basketball team is riding a hot streak, winning their seventh straight game with a region opening game win over Colleton County on January 11th. The win improved Beaufort to 13-4 overall and 1-0 in region play.

Darien Watkins continues to set the pace offensively, averaging about 13 points per game for the season. Brittany Linton adds 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and sophomore Layla Warren is near double figures at 9.8 points per game.

 Senior Essence Champion is adding about 6.2 points per game while junior Sequoia Smalls is scoring 6.1 points per contest.




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