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Jack Duane has spent the last several years searing the sentence into little brother Martin's brain.
"He told me that you never lose to Bluffton," Martin Duane recalled. "No matter what."
His older brother knew a thing or two about beating the Bobcats. The former Seahawk, now a redshirt sophomore at The Citadel, finished his high school career with a pair of state championships and a 58-1 record in his senior year.
"I knew if he could win all these years," Martin recalled, "I had to go out here and win all of mine."
The younger Duane tallied the first of what should be many exclamation points in his career on Thursday, as the freshman's first period pin of Andreas Nava at the 182-pound weight class clinched Hilton Head High's thrilling 42-32 win over Bluffton.
"(Martin) has been a part of this for a long time with his older brother," coach Mike Newton said. "It's nothing new. He's way ahead of his time. Most of the time, if it came down to a freshman having to win the match for you, you're not feeling too good.
"But that kid has wrestled his butt off for the last couple years. He's not your average freshman."
Martin Duane seemed to know the match was in hand well before he took the mat. He wrestled Nava three times last year in middle school, emerging victorious in all three matches.
Thursday was no different. The Seahawk youngster came out aggressive from the outset and picked up the early pin to put the Seahawks ahead 42-26. Hilton Head High (23-10) then forfeited the final match to pick up the 10-point victory.
"I know that I can go out there and stick him if I wrestle hard," Duane said. "He knew that he couldn't beat me. I knew I could beat him."
Bluffton (6-5) got down early, as a pair of pins at 220 and 285 helped stake Hilton Head High to an early 12-0 lead. But the Bobcats weren't done, as a pair of pins from Talon Seitz at 138 and Austin Farmer at 145 pulled Bluffton within four at 24-20.
The Seahawks, however, would go on to claim three of the next four matches by pin to clinch the win. Trevon Rawls came out with a hard-fought third period pin over Alex Waddell at 152 and Aaron Facenda followed two weight classes later with a pin over Harry Chirinos.
That's when Duane sent the Hilton Head High fanbase into a frenzy.
"Disappointment," Bluffton coach John Hollman said. "I always say the matches you hate to lose are the matches you should never lose. We beat them earlier in the year with a lesser lineup. We fully expected to do the same thing tonight."
It was a win Duane has been waiting on for some time, he said. All of the nights watching his older brother on the mat certainly played a part in that.
"It means a lot to me," he said. "I've been waiting for this moment. I was telling all of my friends that this has been my dream since I was 10 years old and watching all of these matches."
Hilton Head High 42, Bluffton 32
Notes: Match started at 220. Bluffton was penalized one point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
106: Nick Stead (BLF) dec. Matt Levy, 6-2
113: Tyler Fick (HHH) dec. Buddy Drew, 5-4
120: Levy Joly (BLF) pinned Jermaine Robinson, 1st period
126: Brock Massey (HHH) dec. Eddie Salvador, 8-6 (OT)
132: Label Lewis (HHH) pinned Evan Placke, 1st period
138: Talon Seitz (BLF) pinned Hunter Massey, 1st period
145: Austin Farmer (BLF) pinned Jose Gomez, 1st period
152: Trevon Rawls (HHH) pinned Alex Waddell, 3rd period
160: Mike Meyerink (BLF) pinned Zane Braden, 1st period
170: Aaron Facenda (HHH) pinned Harry Chirinos, 3rd period
182: Martin Duane (HHH) pinned Andreas Nava, 1st period
195: Kyle Waddell (BLF) won by forfeit
220: Dorsey Bradford (HHH) pinned Edgar Prada, 1st period
285: Romario Lopez (HHH) pinned Danny Hart, 1st period