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Buford’s late flurry wasn’t enough as the Jackets dropped a 41-39 loss to Class AAA Hartsville at the BHS gym on Thursday, Dec. 6.
BHS closed the match with three straight wins, but it wasn’t enough to earn the comeback victory over the Red Foxes.
“It was an even match and they just had a few more points than we did,” Buford High coach John Mahaffey said. “I was proud of our effort and our senior leadership has been outstanding from the start.”
Buford built an early 24-6 lead with pins from Garrett Johnson, Scottie Moser, Josh Mullens and Gabe Griffin.
The Red Foxes answered with a 35-0 charge to take a 41-24 lead before the Jackets surged late only to fall shy.
Buford took six wins, including five pins, and Hartsville posted seven victories.
“We made a good rally and battled to the end, but we came up a short,” Mahaffey said.
Jonathan Mackey also had a pin for the Jackets.
Buford is idle until Saturday, Dec. 15 for the region tournament at Cheraw where wrestling begins at 10 a.m.
“We have a strong region of wrestling teams, so this will be a good test for us,” Mahaffey said. “This will be a last action before the holiday break, so we will be looking to do well and build momentum for the second half of our season.”
Following the region tournament at Cheraw, the Jackets will visit Central High of Pageland on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
Hartsville 41 BHS 39
145 – Garrett Johnson (B) pinned Anthony Nycum (H)
152 – Scottie Moser (B) pinned Mykell Stuckey (H)
160 – Javiens Lighty (H) pinned Kyle Norcia (B)
170 – Josh Mullens (B) pinned Clint Self (H)
182 – Gabe Griffin (B) pinned Clint Self (B)
195 – Rickie Holloman (H) pinned Brandon Carnes (B)
220 – James Holden (H) pinned Alex Daigle (B)
Heavyweight – Chris Smith (H) pinned Steven Daigle (B)
106 – Jared Shearer (H) won by forfeit
113 – Dealante Moore (H) pinned Ronnie Watts (B)
120 – Brooks Haley (H) won a superior decision over Nick Jones (B)
126 – Matt Griffin (B) won by injury default over Oliver King (H)
132 – Jonathan Mackey (B) pinned Tyler Johnson (B)
138 – Dylan Altman (B) decisioned Keyon Benjamin (H)