courtesy Thomas Grant, Chronicle Sports
Five years have passed since Lexington was the last Chronicle Country high school to win a state wrestling championship.
That same year, Chapin High School finished runner-up to Belton Honea-Path for the Class 3A title.
On Wednesday, the Eagles earned a return trip to the state finals after defeating Lugoff-Elgin 39-37 in the Class 4A Lower State final.
Instead of a rematch with BH-P, Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. matchup at Dreher High School will be a “Battle of the Eagles”. Eastside High School defeated Belton Honea-Path and is seeking its second straight state title after winning last year in Class 3A.
Eastside can also surpass Summerville for second place behind Rock Hill for the state record for most state titles with 12.
Chapin is making their ninth state title appearance and is seeking its fourth state title. They won three Class 2A titles in 1993, 1996 and 1997.
Meanwhile, River Bluff earned its first-ever Class 5A Lower State title in dramatic fashion Wednesday. Down 25-21 in the final match to host school Ashley Ridge, the Gators got a pinfall at 113 pounds to claim the 26-25.
The match ended with the score 27-25, but River Bluff was deducted a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Standing in the way of a first-ever state title is the Palmetto State’s most-decorated school. Rock Hill defeated Fort Mill 43-29 in the Upper State final to earn a chance to extend its state-record title total to 18.
The Class 5A title matchup starts at 5:30 p.m.