Hawks pull away from Goose Creek on mat
After four bouts, it looked like a typical Goose Creek-Hanahan wrestling matchup.
It was tied 12-12, with each team recording a pair of pins.
Then the Gators’ youth showed and Hanahan’s experienced lineup took over. The Hawks won seven straight matches, including six by pin, en route to a 57-24 victory on Friday night at HHS.
“This feels good for our kids, especially after we made some mistakes against Waccamaw,” Hanahan coach Ray Adkins said. “They were the better team that night. It felt good to rebound, coming off that loss.”
The Hawks also defeated Baptist Hill on Friday, improving to 3-1. Goose Creek knocked off the Bobcats too and the Gators improved to 2-1.
Hanahan hosts Wando and Beaufort on Wednesday, Dec. 12, while Goose Creek travels to Berkeley to take on the Stags and Georgetown.
Both teams will compete in the Cane Bay Duals on Saturday at CBHS.
Hanahan began to pull away from Goose Creek beginning with the 145-pound match. Haven Horlback recorded a pin to give the Hawks an 18-12 lead. After Hanahan’s Brian Joseph won 9-4 in the 152-pound match, Dariell Flores (160), Brett Maddox (170), Dennis Flores (182), Lyndon Young (195) and Jacob Garibay (220) won on pins to make it 51-12 for the Hawks.
Goose Creek’s Rico Blanding won by forfeit at heavyweight to snap Hanahan’s string of wins, followed by teammate Allen Moran’s pin at 106 pounds.
Hanahan’s Tyler Tolacko then won by forfeit at 113 pounds to end the match.
In the first four matches, Dylan Wheat and DeMichael Whaley had pins for Goose Creek, while Dalton Coker and J.J. Johnson had pins for Hanahan.
“(Goose Creek) Coach Covington does such a great job with those kids,” Adkins said. They’re strong, athletic and knowledgeable guys. Any time I’m able to one-up coaching Covington, it feels good.”