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Knights hosting Upper State championship
NC HEAD COACH Jason Brazell will lead the Knights into Wednesday’s AA-A Upper State title match. - photo by Tom Didato/C-I

North Central will host Ninety-Six in Wednesday’s AA-A Upper State wrestling championship match.

The Knights, ranked first in class AA-A, earned first and second round byes on Saturday morning before defeating sixth-ranked Whitmire in the AA-A Upper State semifinals, 49-27. Whitmire advanced by beating Abbeville in the second round.

In the bottom half of the Upper State bracket, Ninety-Six, ranked fifth in class AA-A by, defeated High Point Academy, 63-17, in its opener before taking down host Andrew Jackson, 48-27.

Wednesday’s Upper State championship match, to be held inside The Castle in Boonetown, has a 6 p.m. starting time. The Upper State champion will meet the winner of the Lower State title match between second-ranked Timberland and third-ranked Bamberg-Ehrhardt in Saturday’s AA-A state championship to be wrestled at Airport High School at 11 a.m.

Camden loses to Crescent in AAA Upper State tourney: Camden had its dual match season come to an end in Spartanburg on Saturday as the Bulldogs were defeated by number two seed and third-ranked Crescent, 54-19, in the opening round of the AAA Upper State tournament hosted by Broome High School.

Crescent then knocked off top-seeded Broome in round two to advance to last night’s AAA Upper State semifinal against Chester.

Camden, ranked 10th by, finished the dual meet portion of its schedule with a 20-7 mark.

Against Crescent, Daniel Sisk’s Bulldogs received a pin from Jyheem Macklin at 182 pounds, an 11-2 major decision from Hunter McCoy at 138 and a 5-0 decision victory from heavyweight Jevontae Salmond. Jalen Holliday won by forfeit at 170 pounds.