Brandon Proveaux, White Knoll High School heavyweight who placed fourth at the 2009 South Carolina state wrestling championships, was killed in a three-vehicle crash Saturday. He was 29.
The wreck happened at 6:40 a.m. on Highway 90 near Old Highway 90 not far from Myrtle Beach. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tyler Tidwell, Proveaux was in a 2018 Nissan Armada traveling east on S.C. 90 when he went left of center, striking a dump truck in the opposite lane. The dump truck then went across the center line and hit a 2006 Ford F-150 traveling behind the Armada, Tidwell said.
Proveaux died at the scene of injuries from the crash, according to MyrtleBeachOnline.com. The drivers of the other vehicles were transported to nearby hospitals.
Proveaux's wrestling coach at White Knoll, Kevin Emily, shared the tragic news on his Facebook page Sunday.
"Got a text early this morning. It was one that no one wants to receive. One of my most fearsome wrestlers passed away in a car accident yesterday. Please pray for his family.
"BP (Brandon Proveaux) was a monster on the mat and the backbone of my White Knoll team. He was ranked #1 in the state and ended up taking 4th place. After graduation he continued to grow into a really exceptional young man who I was so very very proud of."
Emily, who is now head wrestling coach at Midland Valley High School in South Carolina, shared his memories of his one season of coaching Proveaux.
"He was a senior when I came to White Knoll," Emily told InterMat. "The general consensus was that he could be a state champion. He was a tough guy. I was the one who wrestled him in the room."
"I saw something in him ... I helped him gain confidence. He beat the number one kid in the state at a regular-season tournament -- that guy's only loss. Brandon beat another top-ranked kid a bit later. Then he got mono just before state, and ended up placing fourth (at 215 pounds)."
"He was elected to a North-South All-Star list," coach Emily continued. "Got a scholarship to Newberry College."
At the time of his death, Brandon Proveaux worked for Capital Vacations in North Myrtle Beach. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Funeral services for Brandon Proveaux will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Conway Goldfinch Funeral Home, 606-610 Beaty Street, Conway, SC.