6A State Recap: Wildcats Complete Team Title Sweep

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Valdosta wrestlers and coaches complete the double-title season, with wins in both the 6A state dual team and traditional tournament titles, winning the traditional version Saturday night at the Macon Centreplex (Photo submitted to Valdosta team Facebook page).

By SHANNON HEATON
South Georgia Matmen

MACON — Reaching the pinnacle once is difficult enough. Doing it twice in a five-week span is much harder than it looks.

Thanks to a nine-medal effort in last weekend’s 6A state traditional tournament at the Macon Centreplex, Valdosta added a traditional title to go with its duals title won in mid-January.

The Wildcats had the point standings more or less locked up heading into the final round, pulling away from Pope with a 35.5-point margin of victory, 177-141.5. Alexander was third at 132.5, Richmond Hill fourth at 131 and Creekview rounding out the top five with 116.5 points.

One of the Wildcats’ dominant freshmen, Noah Pettigrew (195), won Valdosta’s lone title-winner. Pettigrew (34-2) had pinned his way through the bracket before taking done, in the second of two all-Matmen-area finals, previously-unbeaten Jaquarius Middlebrooks of Glynn Academy, 9-2, for the title.

While Pettigrew has three more years to show Georgia how dominant he still might become, the state got to see Trace Insalaco dominate after three years of putting together all the pieces of tremendous talent.

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Brunswick senior Trace Insalaco (145) stands atop the 6A podium after decisioning Coffee’s Case Merritt (to Insalaco’s right in the photo), 11-6, in the state finals in Macon Saturday night (Photo submitted by Larry Insalaco via Facebook).

That coming together culminated on Saturday for the Brunswick senior, as Insalaco (56-2) knocked off fellow area senior Case Merritt of Coffee (50-4), 11-6, to win the first wrestling state title coming out of Glynn County.

Teamwise, Coffee was next best among area teams, finishing ninth with 78.5 points (six individual medalists). Brunswick took 10th with 70, while Lee was 13th, with 56.5 points on three medalists. Glynn Academy, with one medalist, was 17th on 31 points.

Below follows a recap of each weight class, with local performances for the entirety of the weekend:

106 — Alexander freshman Andrew Voiles (55-2) rolled up two pins in the early rounds, then took a pair of decisions, including in the finals over Valdosta freshman Darrell Rochester (54-6), 9-6. Rochester reached the finals behind pins over Apalachee’s Levi Norberg (1:31) on Wednesday and Lee sixth-place freshman Drake McMinn (3:34) on Thursday. Rochester then downed fifth-place Brunswick sophomore Trent Burke, 8-4, in the semis. Burke’s path to the semis saw him take two early bonus-point wins, including a pin on Wednesday (1:32) over Harrison’s Wyatt Slight and 11-2 major over Lakeside Evans’ Ezekiel Ki; after the loss to Rochester, Burke (48-6) then lost by fall to third-place Dalton freshman Cole Hunt (4:28), but held down McMinn (44-15) for fifth, 2-0. Hunt (63-4) won the third-place match, 3-0, over Pope freshman Joey Robinson (51-7), who’d majored Hunt in the quarters. Glynn’s Aidan Bee was 0-2 in the tournament, with a front side loss to Hunt (1:19) and WB round 1 loss to Northgate’s Brandon Bailey (3:55).

113 — In a match up of section champions, South Paulding freshman Jacob Seymour (64-3) had two bonus-point wins and two decisions, the second of those an 8-2 decision in the finals over Sequoyah sophomore Carson Throne (47-5). Coffee senior Phillip Farabow (38-13) was the area’s top finisher, taking sixth. Farabow dropped his first match of the tournament by fall to Heritage (Conyers)’ Caige Lackey, in 3:32, but won three on the bounce on the backside in order to claim a podium place, with wins over Glynn’s Jamal Burkes (3:46) in WB round 1, Brunswick’s Jermiah Dawson (10-4) in WB round 2 and Valdosta’s Kaleb Davis (13-6) in the blood round. Farabow (38-13) then lost by fall to third-place Alexander senior David Jackson-Dodd and fell, 4-1, in the fifth-place match to Richmond Hill junior Kaleb Anderson (38-11), while Jackson-Dodd (45-17) held off Creekview freshman Andrew Cory (53-11), 9-8, for third. Davis reached the blood round after losing in the round of 16 to Anderson 6-4, but then downed Lee’s Zach Schultz, 6-1, in WB round 1 and pinned Cambridge’s Ben Werth in 4:57 in WB round 2. Brunswick’s Dawson was a quarterfinalist, with a fall over Pope’s Jacob Robinson (5:34) in the round of 16 before losing, 13-0, on the front to Seymour and to Farabow on the back. Schultz and Burkes were both 0-2 in the tournament, taking front-side losses to Jackson-Dodd (12-4) and Throne (1:26), respectively.

120 — Sequoyah junior Christian Small (54-1) bonus-pointed his way into the final (2 pins & major), taking down Pope junior Max Druhot (43-5), 7-2, in the championship match. Valdosta junior Jordan Hampton (30-5) lost only to Druhot in the quarters, also by a 7-2 count, en route to placing third. Hampton teched Lanier’s Justus Lawrence (19-3 in 3:41) on Wednesday; after the loss to Druhot, Hampton won four times on the back: 12-0 over Habersham’s Nolberto Chastain in WB round 2; 20-3 tech in 3:45 in the blood round over Heritage (Conyers)’ Jaden Mosley; fall in 1:55 over fifth-place Dalton senior Ethan Carroll; and a 10-2 major for third over Harrison sophomore Jarrod Pominville (48-12). Carroll (50-15) won by medical forfeit over South Paulding junior Dustin Byers (40-10) for fifth. Coffee’s Zane Cumbass was 1-2 in the tournament, with a front-side loss (6-4) to Alexander’s Grant Foster, a 9-5 win in WB round 1 over Dunwoody’s Ben Tarrago, with his tournament ending in WB round 2 on a 2-1 loss to Creekview’s Walker Wilkie (lost in the blood round to Pominville). Brunswick’s Demonta Pitts was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses to Carroll (:59 on the front) and Chastain (10-1 in WB round 1).

126 — Dalton sophomore Hunter Noland (55-1) pinned his way through the bracket, with four falls in all, none going past the second period, with fourth pin in the finals over Pope sophomore Alex Hearn (39-14). Three area wrestlers found their way on the podium, with Lee junior Ethan Dooley (44-12) falling Valdosta freshman Tyler Lamon (40-11) in 43 seconds for third and Coffee sophomore Nolan Smith (47-9) edging South Paulding junior Noah Van Dyck (38-16), 6-5, for fifth. Dooley got to the semis with front-side wins over Van Dyck (14-3) on Wednesday and Creekview’s Mason Botts (8-3) on Thursday, losing by fall to Noland (2:44) on Friday. Dooley came back with a pair of pins, including a fall in the consi semis (4:26) over Van Dyck. Lamon pinned Gainesville’s Kendice Cavazos (3:48) in the round of 16, but then lost by fall to Noland (2:39) in the quarters. Lamon then strung together three decisions on the back (4-0 over Stephenson’s Alec Sanders in WB round 2, 5-3 over Botts in the blood round and 2-0 over Smith in the consi semis). Smith also reached the semis, with front-side wins over Dacula’s Andrew Lele (5-2) and Brunswick’s Christian Sheppard (6-4) before losing to Hearn, 5-1. Sheppard was 2-2 in the tournament and got to the blood round, with a front-side 9-8 win over Sanders and a fall in 2:19 over Greenbrier’s Kyler Horton in WB round 2.

132 — Dalton senior Tyler Hunt ran the table for the season, improving his record to 66-0 with four bonus-point wins, the last of those a 13-4 major in the finals over Cambridge sophomore Kyle Romano (56-6). Richmond Hill junior William Shores (46-7) decisioned Creekview freshman Cade Sousa (29-13), 7-3, for third place, while Pope junior Patrick Haskin (39-20) won by forfeit over Alexander senior Nathaniel Green (40-21) for fifth. Valdosta’s Cameron Bradley, Brunswick’s Dalton Zachry and Coffee’s Garrett Kelley were all 0-2 in the tournament. Bradley lost to Shores (9-0) on the front and to Harrison’s Brian Kratt (9-8) on the back, while Zachry lost to Romano (:55) on the front and Heritage (Conyers)’ Myran Henderson (7-1) on the back. Kelley took a tech-fall loss to Green (20-4 in 5:05) and Greenview’s Dakota Williamson (4:54) on the back.

138 — Evans sophomore Jackson Eller ran his record to 57-0, sandwiching a pair of decisions around two bookend falls, the last of those in 5:01 in the finals over Centennial sophomore Josh Siegel (42-10). Valdosta senior Aushaud Evans placed fifth in the tournament, opening with a 15-0 tech fall in 3:02 over Effingham’s Matthew Holton, but then fell to Houston third-place senior Bryan Hernandez-Martinez in the quarters, 2-1. Evans then won twice to secure a podium space, teching Cambridge’s Nicholas Barton (15-0 in 3:59) in WB round 2 and decisioning Lee’s Phin Johnson, 5-2, in the blood round. After losing by tech in the consi semis (15-0 in 4:30) to fourth-place Dalton senior Jaxon Wells, Evans (39-12) pinned Richmond Hill sophomore Brandon Langley (42-8) in 4:05 for fifth. Johnson’s trek to the blood round saw him take a front-side win over Langley (7-2) in the round of 16, but he then fell to Siegel, 8-2, in the quarters. Johnson then pinned Brunswick’s Cameron Crump (:43) in WB round 2. Crump, in turn, was 1-2 in the tournament, with a 16-6 front-side loss to Jones Creek’s Scean Major, and a 12-6 win in WB round 1 over Alexander’s Kavare Johnson.

145 — Insalaco had two bonus-point wins on Wednesday and Thursday, majoring Stephenson’s Damonie Young, 10-1, in the round of 16 and teching Sequoyah’s Brendan Jones (18-2 in 6 minutes). In the semis, Insalaco decisioned fourth-place River Ridge sophomore Jake Piccirilli, 8-2, to get to Merritt. Merritt advanced to the finals with a fall in 1 minut over Lanier’s Corbin Beumer on Wednesday, a 13-7 decision over Dunwoody’s Luke Pankey in the Thursday quarterfinal, and 5-3 win on Friday in the semis over fifth-place Evans junior Joseph Derringer. Pope junior Troy Gable (53-8) decisoined Piccirilli (43-11), 4-1, for third, while Derringer (52-7) scored a takedown in overtime for a 6-4 win over Heritage (Conyers) senior Yamon Carr for fifth.

152 — Evans junior Drew Eller completed an unbeaten (56-0) season by bonus-pointing his way through the tournament, with two techs and a pin before majoring Richmond Hill senior Will Evans (43-5), 13-5, for the championship. Creekview junior Jared Wilmarth (54-12) majored Pope junior Andrew Barner (31-14), 13-4, for third place, while Centennial senior Isaiah Thomas (32-11) won by medical forfeit over Alexander sophomore Dawson Mathew (52-12). Valdosta’s Javari Lester and Brunswick’s Chuckobe Hill were both 2-2 in the tournament, as both lost in the blood round. Lester won by injury default over Hill in the round of 16, taking a loss by fall to Wilmarth (5:49) in the quarters. Lester then pinned Sprayberry’s Zack Field (5:34) before dropping a 2-1 loss to Mathew in the blood round. After losing to Lester, Hill bounced back with a 17-4 major over Lanier’s Blake Gehrisch in WB round 1 and an injury-default win of his own over Grovetown’s Caleb Price in WB round 2, falling, 10-5, to Thomas in the blood round.

160 — Cambridge junior Gavin Kane also stayed unbeaten for the year (46-0), bonus-pointing his way through the tournament, with three pins and a major. The third fall came in the finals, where Kane took down a formerly-unbeaten competitor in Richmond Hill sophomore Kamdyn Munro (40-1). Brunswick senior Curtis Brock was fourth, Coffee junior Tayon Wimberly fifth and Valdosta junior Sam McFarland sixth in representing the area well. Brock got to the semis and gave Kane his closest match of the tournament in that round. Brock teched Dunwoody’s Jack Holloway (15-0 in 4 minutes), then majored Alexander’s Carringon Johnson, 10-1, in the quarters before being the only wrestler in the tournament to go six minutes with Kane, falling, 13-4. On the consi side, Brock (50-9) pinned McFarland in 30 seconds before falling in the third-place match to Creekview junior Wyatt Higgins (53-5), 3-2. Wimberly had a front-side tech in the round of 16 (17-1 in 6 minutes) over Effingham’s Brayden Bell, but then lost by fall to Kane (1:49) in the quarters. Wimberly then won by injury-default over Pope’s Derek Robinson in WB round 2 and downed Johnson, 4-1, in the blood round. After falling to Higgins, 13-2, in the consi semis, Wimberly (48-12) majored McFarland (22-15), 13-3, for fifth. McFarland fell to Johnson, 7-2, in the round of 16, but then won three times to make podium: 6-0 over Holloway in WB round 1; 3:35 over Houston’s Reed Vincent in WB round 2; and 5:29 over Bell in the blood round.

170 — South Paulding junior Austin Seymour (65-2) picked off two pins and two decisions in joining his brother atop the 6A podium, with a 7-3 win in the finals over Alexander senior Gabriel Santiago (47-16). Valdosta senior Dominique Dale (51-8) took third, his tournament run stopped with a late fall to Santiago (5:58) in the semis. Dale pinned Apalachee’s Hunter Noblett (1:12) on Wednesday and majored Lovett’s Kristian Steed, 13-5, on Thursday. After the loss, Dale (51-8) decisioned Cambridge sixth-place sophomore Evan Kurtz, 4-2, in the consi semis and went extra time in the third-place match, downing Chattahoochee senior Marcus Stephens (45-8), 5-3 in sudden victory. Richmond Hill sophomore Tate Evans (43-10) decisioned Kurtz (32-10), 8-5, for fifth. Brunswick’s Ryan Buckley was 0-2 in the tournament, with a 6-2 loss on the front to Sequoyah’s Jacob Poole and a loss by fall on the back to Tucker’s Justin Carter (1:37) in WB round 1.

182 — Richmond Hill junior Jakeem Littles (49-2) bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with a fall, two majors and a win by injury-default in the finals over South Paulding senior Rushton Robinson (63-3). Valdosta junior Antione Scott (26-8) reached the semis and placed fourth in the tournament. Scott falled Habersham’s Tanner Wade (4:45) on Wednesday and decisioned fifth-place sophomore Connor McHugh of Cambridge, 11-5, in the quarters, but fell to Littles, 13-2, in the semis. Scott then pinned Centennial sixth-place senior Leroy Macon in 5:37 in the consi semis, but then fell to Chattahoochee senior Daniel Gladwell (38-4), 6-4, in the third-place match, with McHugh (37-16) shutting out Macon (33-16), 5-0, for fifth. Glynn’s Isa Hardy was 1-2 in the tournament, with a 15-7 major on the front side over Dunwoody’s Tyler Rush; Hardy then lost to Gladwell (4:16) in the quarters and to Macon (5-2) in WB round 2.

195 — Pettigrew and Middlebrooks both pinned their way through the tournament prior to the final, with Pettigrew taking falls over Lanier’s Sean Sadler (1:46) on Wednesday, Alexander fifth-place senior Reed Rogers (1:49) on Thursday and Grovetown fourth-place junior Michaia Green (3:38) on Friday, while Middlebrooks pinned Houston’s Thomas Swart (:11) on Wednesday, Cambridge’s Mike Hudson (:39) on Thursday and Pope third-place senior Christopher Sheahan (5:01) on Friday. Sheahan (49-9) decisioned Green (30-4), 6-3, for third place, while Dunwoody junior Charles McCown (34-10) shut out Rogers (40-24), 2-0, for fifth. Coffee’s Gatlin Smith was 1-2 in the tournament, with losses by fall to Richmond Hill’s Rickeldo Box (3:06) on the front and Stephenson’s Micah Godwin (2:40) in WB round 2 sandwiching a 4-3 WB round 1 win over Sequoyah’s Reese Ledbetter.

220 — Effingham senior Zekeil Walls (19-2) had three pins in the first period and a decision to take the championship, with his third fall requiring just 52 seconds to secure over Lee senior Maliik Jordan (54-9), the school’s new record-holder for wins and pins in a season. Jordan got to the finals with pins over Brunswick’s Ulee Mullen (3:07) on Wednesday and Stephenson’s Cahlil Silimon (2:19) on Thursday, with a 4-2 sudden-victory win over Alexander third-place senior Zach Loner in the semis. Coffee junior Cameron Arvidson placed fifth in the tournament, with all of his wins in the consi rounds. After a first-round loss to Dacula’s Jalen Cole (6-5), Arvidson won by forfeit in WB round 1, decisioned Richmond Hill’s Nick Phifer (6-3) in WB round 2 and falled Mullen (3:26) in the blood round. After losing by fall to Loner in the consi semis (4:15), Arvidson (29-10) decisioned Mundy’s Mill junior Unongo Terungwa (31-14), 7-2, for fifth, while Loner took down Creekview senior Avery Rocks (35-5), 4-1, for third. Mullen was 2-2 in the tournament, with both wins in the wrestlebacks (8-7 over Grovetown’s Xander Wulff in WB round 1, 3-2 in the ultimate-tiebreaker over Glynn’s Eugene Thomas). Thomas, in turn, was 1-2, with a front-side fall in 1:14 over Chattahoochee’s Blake Levy and going six minutes (the only one in the tournament to do so) with Walls before falling, 4-0, in the quarters.

285 — Creekview junior Eli Daugherty (57-10) had a fall and three decisions en route to the title, with the last decision an 11-4 win over Valdosta senior Demetrius Allen (36-8) in the title match. Allen reached the finals behind pins over Greenbrier’s Stone Shugarts (1:16) on Wednesday, North Atlanta’s Wesley Horton (5:21) on Thursday and Dacula’s third-place Jameel Abuziad (1:05) on Friday. Coffee sophomore Jesus Riano placed fourth in the tournament, reaching the semis with a Wednesday pin (3:02 over Hughes’ Montarius Procter) and Thursday sudden-victory win (3-1 over fifth-place Alexander sophomore Jesse Martin). After falling to Daugherty, 11-4, in the semis, Riano (42-20) downed sixth-place Lanier senior Kyle Emerson, 2-1, falling to Abuziad (32-14), 3-2, in the third-place match. Martin (46-15) also won, 3-2 (in double-overtime), over Emerson (30-14) for fifth. Brunswick’s William Abbott was 0-2 in the tournament, losing to Horton (2:47) on the front and Shugarts (5:25) in WB round 1.

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7A State Recap: 7A Is Camden Country

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Camden wrestlers celebrate a fifth consecutive state traditional tournament title Saturday evening at the Macon Centreplex. The Wildcats racked up 11 medals on the course of the weekend (Photo submitted to Camden County WC team page on Facebook).

By SHANNON HEATON
South Georgia Matmen

MACON — It’s title time, one for the thumb as might be said, for Camden.

The Wildcats won their fifth-straight traditional tournament title on Saturday at the Macon Centreplex, clinching things fairly early on in the 7A team standings.

Camden rolled up 223.5 points as a team, the highest point total of any Georgia team that entered the states weekend, and came away with four individual titlists, two winning for the third time.

“We expected to be state champs because we had such a strong team returning last year to this year,” Wildcats coach Jess Wilder said in phone conversations with Matmen on Saturday night. “The guys were talking about if this team was better than the 2016 team, and that team was good. They were asking `do you think you could beat this kid at that weight,’ and that seemed funny…because a lot of these kids were on that team.

“Next year, we lose 10 of 14 starters from this team to graduation, so if we win next year there has to be a lot of improvment from a lot of kids in the room.”

Camden seniors Nick Krug (126) and Raydan Wilder (152) both won for the third time, joining 2012 Camden graduate Austin Trott as the only three-time state champions in Wildcat history.

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Nick Krug

Krug (38-2) took down Collins Hill sophomore Clint Gilbert (43-11), 10-4, for his third title. Those four points were the only points Gilbert gave up in the tournament.

“We’d wrestled the kid twice before, first in state duals and second time last week at sectionals. He (Krug) was pretty dead-set on the third title. His goal was to major everyone, and when he can’t do that he’ll get frustrated and I’d rather he not get in bad situations because of that,” Wilder said. “But he goes hard and wants to dominate, and that worked out well for him.”

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Raydan Wilder

After finishing second in 2018 to follow up titles won in 2016 and 2017, the younger Wilder (39-2) was on a mission to return to the top of the podium, earning a fourth bonus-point victory in the finals over Etowah senior Blake Smith (43-10), with a 801 win.

“He’s been more aggressive the last couple of weeks; he’s always been pretty aggressive on top, but sometimes he’ll wait until he can take top. This time, he attacked everybody, always got the first takedown and got a turn in every match pretty quick,” Wilder said of his son. “He’s happy to be able to get back on top.”

Senior Myles Starke (195) won his second title and junior Nathan Orum (113) claimed his first.

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Myles Starke

Starke (37-4) rolled out to a substantial lead in the finals against Walton senior Cole Hixon (38-3), acquiring a 9-1 lead midway through the second period, but then was hit with a couple of stalling calls, despite forcing the pace in the first two periods, giving up a late scoring move in what became a 13-6 win that wasn’t as close as it looked.

“We wrestled that kid last week and it was close. Thing is, Myles is still developing. He started wrestling in ninth grade and didn’t start until last year, won a title. His best years are ahead of him,” Wilder said of Starke. “Once he opened up on the kid he got three or four takedowns. I was telling him to stay out of the tieups and he got hit a couple of times, because Myles still wanted to wrestle him. He did a nice job.”

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Nathan Orum

Orum (38-4), who’ll be one of the leaders of the 2019-20 team, handled his business in the finals against Mountain View senior Mason Askew (47-8), with enough offense for a 4-2 win and the championship.

“He’s not a physically athletic or strong kid, but he’s definitely got good technique and a lot of heart,” Wilder said of Orum. “He had a great tournament; he’ll get a lot better and more confident, and we’ll have higher expectations for him. He was in a very competitive weight, but he’s come a long way. He didn’t come out until his brother (Brandon) was doing good for us a few years back. But his parents, and us, expected him to work hard, and he has.”

Colquitt placed tied for eighth overall, with 65 points, while Tift was 15th (32 points) and Lowndes 21st (23.5).

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Nic Jarvis

The four Camden champions were not the only ones to win in 7A. Toward the end of the afternoon, Colquitt senior Nic Jarvis (62-4) capped a tremendous season with a 5-3 win in the finals over Walton sophomore Jonathan Chesser (36-3).

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Colquitt wrestlers and coaches celebrate a top-eight performance at 7A states on Saturday (Photo submitted by Kenny Mason via Twitter).

Below follows a recap of each weight class, with local performances for the entirety of the weekend:

106 — Hillgrove freshman Connor Powell (55-6) had bonus-point wins in the first two rounds, then took pair of a decisions in the semis on Friday and championship match on Saturday, finding a way in double-overtime against Mountain View senior RJ Aguirre (42-10), with a 3-2 decision. Camden senior DeMarquis Hall (33-7) placed third, with only a 5-3 loss to Powell in the semis going against him. Hall pinned Milton’s Stephen Solley on Wednesday (4:46), decisioned Walton sixth-place freshman Caden Canzano (6-3) on Thursday and took wins on Friday night (4-1 over fifth-place freshman Grant Turner of Mill Creek) and Saturday, pinning Woodstock freshman Landon Yarbrough (32-11) for third. Turner (53-5) decisioned Canzano, 8-1, for fifth.

113 — Orum made his way through the draw, with a Wednesday fall over McEachern’s Shamani Price (1:12). On Thursday, Orum decisioned third-place sophomore Michael Roe-Deters of Woodstock, 7-4, in the quarters, taking a Friday 4-1 win in the semis over fifth-place Forsyth Central senior Steven Messer. Collins Hill junior Powell Gilbert (45-10) decisioned Roe-Deters (29-8), 5-1, in the third-place match, while Messer majored Colquitt freshman Ethan Sellers (59-18), 12-0, for fifth. Sellers got to the fifth-place match, pinning Archer’s Vernon Rogers (4:51) on Thursday and defeating Section A champ Nakoti Coleman of Marietta, 8-6, in the quarters. Sellers then took three losses against placers, falling 10-2 to Askew in the semis and 9-1 to Roe-Deters in the consi semis before falling to Messer in the fifth-place match. Tift’s Quay Goldsborough and Lowndes’ Ethan Gilbert were both 0-2 in the tournament, with Goldsborough losing to Messer on the front (3:48) and Roswell’s Joe Sci (5:18) on the back. Gilbert fell to Coleman on the front, 8-6, and to Rogers on the back, 4-2.

120 — Lassiter freshman David Panone (51-3) duplicated his sectional-semifinal victory over Camden senior Tyler Crew (38-4), with a tech, decision and major before holding off Crew, 2-1, for the championship, keeping Crew from joining Krug and Wilder as three-time champs from this team. Crew got to the finals with three pins over McEachern’s Quinn Higginbotham (:52) on Wednesday, third-place Collins Hill junior Joey Felix (5:38) on Thursday and fourth-place Forsyth Central senior Abraham Perez (3:33) on Friday. Felix beat Perez, 5-4, for third, while Archer junior Cameron Sapp (42-15) stopped Duluth senior Ian McGhee (39-13), 7-6 in the fifth-place match. Colquitt’s Benjamin Massey and Lowndes Nathan Lawson 0-2 in the tournament. Massey lost by fall to Perez in the round of 16, but then pinned North Paulding’s Trent Williams (3:46) in WB round 1, falling to blood-round loser Joelluis Rodriguez of Meadowcreek, 11-6, in WB round 2. Lawson lost by fall to Sapp (1:19) and dropped a 7-5 decision in WB round 1 to Lambert’s Lucas Teillon.

126 — Krug rolled through the tournament without giving up any points until the final, with a 43-second fall over Newnan’s Malik Dyer on Wednesday, second-period tech (17-0 in 3:10) over sixth-place Brookwood senior Vaughn Williams (43-17) on Thursday, and a 6-0 semifinal win over fourth-place North Paulding senior Willy Allen. South Forsyth junior AJ Riner (51-6) overcame Allen (40-8) in sudden victory, 4-2, for third place, while Roswell freshman Christian Cartier (41-11) decisioned Williams, 9-4, for fifth. Lowndes’ Andrew Adams was 2-2 in the tournament, reaching the blood round. Adams majored Forsyth Central’s RJ Colon, 9-0, in the first round, losing by fall to Riner (:54) in the quarters. Adams rallied with a WB round 2 tech fall over Marietta’s Alex Hurley (15-0 in 2:47) but then lost by fall to Cartier (3:50) in the blood round on Friday.

132 — Milton sophomore Ben Williams (51-2) had a first-day fall, two decisions and a 13-1 major in the final over Hillgrove junior Ricky Roberto (50-9). Roswell junior David Cartier (46-9) was third, decisioning Collins Hill junior Elijah Griffin (54-13) by a 7-4 count, while Forsyth Central sophomore Mikel Stowers (46-17) edged Lassiter junior Landon Chambers (36-16), 8-7, for fifth. Camden’s Nathan Santos was 2-2 in the tournament, with a Wednesday fall over East Coweta’s Zion Selby (4:41), falling to Williams in the closest match Williams would have in the tournament, 6-4, in the quarters. Santos pinned North Cobb’s Jemal Kinchen in WB round 2 before falling by a point, 6-5, in the blood round to Griffin. Colquitt’s Timmy Brinson was 1-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall to Williams (3:01) in the round of 16, but came back to decision Selby, 4-2, in WB round 1. He then took Walton’s Nate Hardy into overtime in WB round 2 before falling, 8-6.

138 — Lassiter sophomore Robert Weston (53-2) bonus-pointed his way into the finals, where he shut out Hillgrove senior Ethan Willis (53-4) with a 4-0 decision. Lowndes junior Jackson Lawson (46-11) overcame a quarterfinal loss to Camden fifth-place senior P.A. Ferguson (34-10) to place third, while Colquitt freshman Jeremy Paradice (55-15) was fourth. Lawson pinned Rockdale County’s Kemon Chapman (5:11) on Wednesday, and, after falling 4-2 to Ferguson in the quarters, won four times on the back side to take third, with a pin over Peachtree Ridge’s Brandon Cade (4:11) in WB round 2 and three decisions: 4-2 in the blood round over Mill Creek’s Zach Fix, 6-4 in double-overtime over fifth-place junior Tate Bissell of North Forsyth in the consi semis and 6-4 in the ultimate tiebreaker over Paradice. In turn, Paradice pinned East Coweta’s Jaxon Garner in the first round before losing, 10-1, to Weston in the quarters. He then won three on the back, with a 2-0 win in WB round 2 over South Forsyth’s Holden Parker, fall in 1:55 over Pebblebrook’s Michael Briscoe in the blood round, and 6-2 win over Ferguson in the consi semis. Ferguson reached the semis with a pin over Briscoe (:27) in the round of 16 and quarterfinal win, but then lost by fall to Willis (5:26) in the semis. Ferguson also lost to Bissell in the fifth-place match, 4-3.

145 — North Forsyth senior Paul Watkins (48-3) won the title with a pin and three decisions, with a pair of one-point wins in the semis and final, that one coming against North Gwinnett junior Rex McDaniel (49-7), 1-0, for the title. Camden’s Tyler Dahlgren, battling the flu for the past two weeks, had only a 9-8 loss to Watkins derail him in the semis, as he placed third. Dahlgren teched North Paulding’s Micah Osterink (16-1 in 5:00) on Wednesday and decisioned fifth-place Chase Standridge of Mountain View, 7-3, on Thursday. Dahlgren rallied from the loss in the semis with a 7-2 win over Brookwood junior Chandler Mullis in the consi semis and 7-6 win for third place over West Forsyth sophomore Ethan Rickert (61-10). Standridge (17-6) stopped Mullis (37-15) for fifth, 3-1. Colquitt’s Deontae Edwards was 2-2 in the tournament, reaching the blood round. Edwards decisioned Newnan’s Max Broach, 8-3, in the round of 16, but then fell to Rickert, 5-2, in the quarters. Edwards falled Milton’s Bryce Samuels in WB round 2 (2:42), but then fell in the blood round to Mullis, 4-0.

152 — Wilder dominated his way into the final, with a pin over Kennesaw Mountain’s Andrew London (1:28) on Wednesday, second-period tech over sixth-place Brookwood junior Camron Starks (15-0 in 2:23) on Thursday and fall in 1:07 over fifth-place Mountain View senior Camden Drouault on Friday. Cherokee senior Matthew Silka (11-2) decisioned Rockdale County senior Rodney Winston (40-5), 4-2, for third place, while Drouault (25-13) pinned Starks (35-12) in 46 seconds for fifth.

160 — Collins Hill junior Lucas DeSilva (59-1) pinned or teched his way through the tournament, with a fall in the finals (3:52) over Brookwood junior Chase Hornsby (50-11). Hillsboro senior Devin Terza (52-6) pinned Mountain View senior Chase Lappert (25-17) in 4:10 for third place, while Berkmar senior Bader Arman (44-12) decisioned Rockdale County senior CJ McCollum (37-11), 12-5, for fifth. Camden’s Hunter Malson and Tift’s Rod Redding were both 1-2 in the tournament. Malson and Redding both won front-side matches (Malson 18-2 in 3:48 over North Forsyth’s Andrew Sexton, Redding 13-10 over Grayson’s Davon Mayfield) on Wednesday, but both lost in the quarters to placers, Malson 5-0 to Hornsby and Redding 3-1 to Terza. Malson then lost to Lappert, 6-3, in WB round 2, while Redding fell, 3-2, to North Gwinnett’s Lucas Haller (lost in the blood round to Lappert).

170 — Mountain View junior Garrett Spikes (49-3) pinned his way into the finals; there, he edged Rockdale County senior JhaQuan Anderson (47-2), 6-5, to win the title. Brookwood senior Gabriel Lee (25-3), who forfeited to Anderson in the semis, came back to take third place with a 6-3 win over North Paulding junior Kyle Cline (14-7), while West Forsyth junior Creston Lorenzo (35-14) falled Camden junior Omega Clark (28-15) in 2:42 for fifth. Clark lost in the opening round to Cline, 7-5, but then won three matches to secure his podium spot, with victories over Lassiter’s Weseley DeMontigny (3:11) in WB round 1, Cherokee’s Jake Matheny (6-4) in WB round 2 and Peachtree Ridge’s Josh McClure (3:46) in the blood round. That brought a rematch with Cline in the consi semis, which Clark lost by a 3-2 count.

182 — Brookwood senior David Key (60-1) dominated the field, with pins or techs all the way through, including a fall in the final over Camden junior Cody Herrin (31-8) in 3:15 for the title. Herrin got to the final with an 8-6 win over fifth-place Rockdale County senior Markis Hill on Wednesday, 4-2 win over Tift third-place junior Gerald Coney on Thursday and fall in 5:40 on Friday over fourth-place South Gwinnett senior Bruce Ferguson. Coney (48-8) had a front-side win by fall (2:30) over McEachern’s Levi Snyder in the round of 16, then won four matches on the back for third: 6-4 over East Coweta’s Alex Derico in WB round 2; 7-0 over North Forsyth’s Alex Keller in the blood round; 2-0 over sixth-place Luke Hennebaul of Mountain View in the consi semis, and a 7-2 win for third over Ferguson (40-7). Hill (41-7) pinned Hennebaul (32-14) in 1:56 for fifth. Colquitt’s Markaybion Spradley was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses to West Forsyth’s Jackson Wells (7-3) on the front and Keller (3:41) in WB round 1.

195 — Starke rolled through to the final with a Wednesday tech over North Forsyth’s JC Wilkinson (15-0 in 3:42), Thursday major over fourth-place Eli Weatherby of Cherokee (18-7) and a Friday win over sixth-place sophomore Kaleb Walley of Rockdale County (11-5). Mountain View senior Harrison Spikes (47-4) beat Weatherby, 4-2, for third place, while Forsyth Central senior Keaton Platzke (48-9) pinned Walley (41-9) in 58 seconds for fifth. Colquitt’s Michael Roberts was 2-2, with wins on both sides of the bracket. Roberts pinned South Forsyth’s Luis Gonzalez in 4:45 in the first round, losing by fall to Walley (3:22) in the quarters, then coming back for a pin in 1:22 over Marietta’s Danny Lopez in WB round 2. Roberts lost in the blood round to Weatherby, by fall in 35 seconds.

220 — Jarvis bonus-pointed his way into the finals with a Wednesday pin over Grayson’s Tim Gatson (:46), Thursday 13-4 major over third-place Brookwood senior Justin Oldknow (58-9) and Friday fall in 1:32 over fifth-place McEachern sophomore Ese Dubre. Oldknow stopped Collins Hill senior Cody Hutchison (35-12), 7-5, for third place, while Dubre (33-15) downed South Forsyth senior Trevor Patrick (51-15), 3-1, for fifth. Camden’s Ralph Wilkerson was 1-2 and Tift’s Dalton Hancock 0-2 in the tournament. Wilkerson lost to Patrick, 8-6, in the round of 16, while Hancock fell to Newnan’s Austin Garmany by pin in :18. Wilkerson then knocked out Hancock with a fall in 3:41 in WB round 1, but then lost by fall to Oldknow in 1:26 in WB round 2.

285 — Collins Hill senior Tomari Fox (37-2) racked up two pins and two decisions to win the championship, with an 8-1 win in the final over Rockdale County junior Edward Pollard (43-5). Tift senior Seth Spillers (48-8) and Camden senior Hayden Malson (31-9) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Spillers won by fall in sudden victory (6:30) over Newnan’s Cody Harris in the round of 16, but then lost by fall (2:35) to Fox in the quarters. Spillers won three matches to reach the third-place match, with victories over Parkview’s Oscar Balog (5-3) in WB round 2, Westlake’s Darrius Meeks (6-3) in the blood round and ultimate-tiebreaker 3-2 win over Malson in the consi semis. Spillers lost by fall (:52) in the third-place match to West Forsyth sophomore Dylan Fairchild (51-6). Malson reached the semis with front-side wins over North Paulding’s Caleb Reda (5:23) Wednesday and Cherokee junior Todd Parks (4-1) on Thursday, but then fell, 3-1, to Pollard, in the semis. Malson decisioned Parks (10-4), 5-2, in the fifth-place match.

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These Are The Champions, My Friends.

We are working on getting final brackets put up on the site after we write this post, and then we’re going to go do some Florida work. I’ve been all-Georgia the last few days and have things to attend to there, too.

Your state champions for 2018-19 are:

  • DJ Lundy, 1A, 220 pounds, Irwin.
  • Zion Blackshear, 1A, 285, Turner.
  • Kevin Martin, 2A, 120, Fitzgerald.
  • Todd Carter, 3A, 132, Pierce.
  • Trace Insalaco, 6A, 145, Brunswick.
  • Noah Pettigrew, 6A, 195, Valdosta.
  • Alexa Downs, Girls, 136, Camden.
  • Nathan Orum, 7A, 113, Camden.
  • Nick Krug, 7A, 126, Camden.
  • Raydan Wilder, 7A, 152, Camden.
  • Myles Starke, 7A, 195, Camden.
  • Nic Jarvis, 7A, Colquitt.

And then we have TWO team champions for 2018-19:

  • 6A: Valdosta.
  • 7A: Camden.

We’re going to have full-length recaps that we’re going to work on Sunday, that note every placer and every blood-round participant in every class.

But we’ve had 10 hours of sleep in four days trying to keep up with y’all, and we’re beat, so we can’t start tonight. Plus, Florida districts start next week.

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7A State Recap: Camden Puts Away Team Race

South Georgia Matmen staff report

MACON — After three days of dominating the 7A state traditional tournament, Camden appears to have a secured-up team title in hand.

The Wildcats have 11 wrestlers that’ll take medals later on today during award presentations. They have a 66-point lead, a 50% margin, over runnerup Collins Hill (198.5-132.5, if you’re curious).

Today, for the 11 Camden wrestlers that can take the mats at the Macon Centreplex, isn’t about team history and their place in it; that’s made already. Today is about individual legacy and closure, particularly for the six seniors that will contest for the top of the podium later this afternoon.

That’s the case, too, for Colquitt’s Nic Jarvis (220), who joins the Wildcat half-dozen as finalists in today’s medal rounds, which begin today at 10 a.m. with 5th-6th place matches in all classes. Matches for 3rd and 4th are scheduled approximately for 11:30 a.m., with finals set for 3 p.m.

Mountain View is third in the team standings with 127, with Brookwood (115) and Rockdale County (83) rounding out the top five.

Colquitt stands eighth after the third day of competition, with 62 points and two additional medalists besides Jarvis. Tift is 15th with 30 points and two medalists, while Lowndes is 21st with 21.5 points and one medalist.

Below follows a recap of the tournament from a local perspective:

106 — Camden’s DeMarquis Hall will wrestle for third place later today, going 1-1 on Friday. Hall fell to Hillgrove’s Conner Powell in the semis, 5-3, but rallied for a 4-1 decision in the consi semis over Mill Creek’s Grant Turner. Hall (32-7) will face Woodstock’s Landon Yarbrough (32-10) in the third-place match.

113 — Camden’s Nathan Orum is in the finals later today, while Colquitt’s Ethan Sellers will be wrestling for fifth place. Orum downed Forsyth Central’s Steven Messer, 4-1, in the semis, for his second decision of the tournament after a round-of-16 fall. Orum (37-4) will wrestle Mountain View’s Mason Askew (47-7) in the finals. Askew has a pin, decision and major prior to the finals. That major was in the semis, where Askey defeated Sellers, 10-2. Sellers took a second loss by major, 9-1, to Woodstock’s Michael Roe-Deters in the consi semis. Sellers (59-17) will face Messer (26-8) in the fifth-place match.

120 — Camden’s Tyler Crew is in the finals later today, with his third pin of the tournament coming in the semis over Forsyth Central’s Abraham Perez, in 3:33. Crew (38-3) will face Lassiter’s David Panone (50-3) in the final. Panone has a tech, decision and major, plus a 4-2 win over Crew in semifinals of the 7A-Section B tournament in the previous weekend.

126 — Camden’s Nick Krug is in the finals later today, and still hasn’t been scored upon during the course of the tournament. Krug (37-2) shut out North Paulding’s Willy Allen, 6-0, in Friday’s semifinals. Krug will face Collins Hill’s Clint Gilbert (43-10) in the final. Gilbert has a fall and two close decisions prior to the finals. Lowndes’ Andrew Adams lost by fall in the blood round to Roswell’s Christian Cartier (going for 5th on Saturday), with a fall time of 3:50.

132 — Camden’s Nathan Santos was the only Wildcat competing Friday not to reach the medals, falling, 6-5, in the blood round to Collins Hill’s Elijah Griffin (going for 3rd later today).

138 — Colquitt’s Jeremy Paradice and Lowndes’ Jackson Lawson will wrestle each other for third place, while Camden’s P.A. Ferguson will wrestle for fifth. Both Paradice (55-14) and Lawson (45-11) were 2-0 on the day Friday, as both took blood-round wins (Paradice fall in 1:55 over Pebblebrook’s Michael Bledsoe, Lawson 4-2 over Mill Creek’s Zach Fix) and both won in the consi semis (Paradice 6-2 over Ferguson, Lawson 6-4 in double-overtime against North Forsyth’s Tate Bissell). Ferguson (34-9) dropped into the consi semis with a loss by fall in 5:26 to Hillgrove’s Ethan Willis and will face Bissell (44-9) in the fifth-place match.

145 — Camden’s Tyler Dahlgren will wrestle for third place later today after a 1-1 Friday. Dahlgren fell in an intense semi with North Forsyth’s Paul Watkins, 9-8, but rallied in the consi semis to down Brookwood’s Chandler Mullis, 7-2. Dahlgren (42-3) will face West Forsyth’s Ethan Rickert (61-9) in the third-place match. Mullis had earlier knocked out Colquitt’s Deontae Edwards with a 4-0 blood-round victory.

152 — Camden’s Raydan Wilder is in the finals later today and hasn’t had a scoring move upon him during the course of the tournament. Wilder needed just 67 seconds to fall Mountain View’s Camden Drouault in the semis, his second pin of the tournament to go along with a 15-0 tech fall on Thursday. Wilder (38-2) will face Etowah’s Blake Smith (43-9) in the finals. Smith has a pin and two decisions prior to finals.

170 — Camden’s Omega Clark will wrestle for fifth place later today after a 1-1 Friday. Clark assured his spot on the podium with a fall over Peachtree Ridge’s Josh McClure in 3:45 during the blood round, but then dropped a tight 3-2 loss in the consi semis to North Paulding’s Kyle Cline. Clark (28-14) will face West Forsyth’s Creston Lorenzo (34-14) in the fifth-place match.

182 — Camden’s Cody Herrin is in the finals later today, while Tift’s Gerald Coney will wrestle for third place. After a pair of two-point decisions in the round of 16 and quarters, Herrin moved into the finals with a third-period fall over South Gwinnett’s Bruce Ferguson in 5:40. Herrin (31-7) will face Brookwood’s David Key (59-1) in the finals. Key has a tech fall and two pins prior to the final. Meanwhile, Coney won twice on Friday without giving up a point, shutting out West Forsyth’s Alex Keller, 7-0, in the blood round, and then holding off Mountain View’s Luke Hennebaul, 2-0, in the consi semis. Coney (47-8) faces Ferguson (40-6) in the third-place match.

195 — Camden’s Myles Starke is in the finals later today, with his third victory scoring double-digit points. Starke took down Rockdale County’s Kaleb Walley, 11-5, in the semifinals for a decision to go with an earlier tech and major. Starke (36-4) will face Walton’s Cole Hixon (38-2) in the finals. Hixon has a tech and two decisions prior to final. Colquitt’s Michael Roberts lost his only match of the day, by fall in 35 seconds in the blood round to Cherokee’s Eli Weatherby (going for 3rd later today).

220 — Colquitt’s Jarvis needed just 1:32 to send himself into the finals, with a semifinal fall over McEachern’s Ese Dubre, his second pin of the tournament to go along with an earlier major. Jarvis (61-4) will wrestle Walton’s Jonathan Chesser in the finals. Chesser has a pin and two decisions and hasn’t been scored upon at least since the round of 16 if not before then.

285 — Tift’s Seth Spillers will wrestled for third place today, while Camden’s Hayden Malson will wrestle for fifth. Spillers won twice on the back side to move into the third-place match with a 6-3 win in the blood round over Westlake’s Darius Meeks. He then got out from bottom in less than 30 seconds against Malson in the ultimate-tiebreaker period, for a 3-2 win in the consi semis. Spillers (48-7) will wrestle West Forsyth’s Dylan Fairchild (50-6) in the third-place match. Malson’s day began with a 3-1 loss to Rockdale County’s Edward Pollard in the semifinals. Malson (30-9) will wrestle Cherokee’s Todd Parks (10-3) for fifth place; he defeated Parks, 4-1, in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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6A State Recap: Wildcats In Charge; Seven Matmen Wrestlers In Finals

South Georgia Matmen staff report

MACON — Five teams in the top 17. Seven finalists. Two all-area finals.

Class 6A Matmen coverage-area teams will be bringing back quite a haul of hardware to south Georgia this weekend.

But the biggest piece of hardware in 6A might be the team trophy, and, with a 30.5-point lead heading into Saturday’s medal round, Valdosta is taking aim at nabbing that number as well.

The Wildcats have three wrestlers in the finals in Darrell Rochester (106), Noah Pettigrew (195) and Demetrius Allen (285), with another five medalists going for either thirds or fifths (5th-6th place matches in all classes at 10 a.m. Saturday, with 3rd-4th matches at 11:30; finals are tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m.).

Valdosta leads Pope, 164 points to 133.5, in the team standings, with Alexander third at 122.5, Richmond Hill fourth at 119 and Creekview fifth at 107.5.

Coffee, with one finalist and six medalists in all, is ninth with 71.5. Brunswick, also with one finalist (and one additional medalist) is 10th at 64. Lee, with one finalist and two additional medalists, stands 12th with 52 points, while Glynn is in 17th place with 31 points and one finalist.

As we noted above, there are two weight classes with both wrestlers coming from the coverage area. The first of those is at 145, where Brunswick’s Trace Insalaco (55-2) will wrestle Coffee’s Case Merritt (50-3). Insalaco decisioned River Ridge’s Jake Piccirilli, 8-2, in Friday’s semifinals, to go with two earlier bonus-point wins (major and tech). Merritt put down Evans’ Joseph Derringer, 5-3, in the semis. Merritt has a pin and two decisions prior to the final.

At 195, Glynn’s Jaquarius Middlebrooks will square off against Valdosta’s Noah Pettigrew in the finals. Middlebrooks (30-0) pinned his way through the draw, with a Friday semifinal pin over Pope’s Christopher Sheahan in 5:01 to reach the title match, while Pettigrew (33-2) also has pinned his way through the bracket, with a semifinal fall in 3:38 over Grovetown’s Michaia Green.

Below follows a recap of the rest of the tournament, with a local focus:

106 — Valdosta’s Darrell Rochester will be in the finals, while Brunswick’s Trent Burke will wrestle Lee’s Drake McMinn for fifth. Rochester (54-5) advanced to the finals with an 8-4 semifinal win over Burke, his first decision victory after two earlier pins. Rochester will face Alexander’s Andrew Voiles (54-2) in the finals; Voiles also has 2 pins and a decision prior to final. Burke (47-6) then took a second loss in the consi semis, by fall to Dalton’s Cole Hunt (4:28). Meanwhile, McMinn (44-14) pushed onto the podium with a 4-2 win over Lakeside Evans’ Ezekiel Ki in the blood round, taking a 46-second loss by fall in the consi semis to Pope’s Joey Robinson.

113 — Coffee’s Phillip Farabow will wrestle for fifth place on Saturday, going 1-1 on Friday. Farabow (38-12) knocked out Valdosta’s Kaleb Davis in the blood round with a 13-6 decision, but then lost by fall in the consi semis to Alexander’s David Jackson-Dodd (1:21). Farabow will wrestle Richmond Hill’s Kaleb Anderson (37-14) in the fifth-place match.

120 — Valdosta’s Jordan Hampton will wrestle for third place on Saturday after two Friday wins. Hampton opened the day with a second-period tech fall over Heritage’s Jaden Mosley, 20-3 in 3:45, in the blood round, then pinned Dalton’s Ethan Carroll in 1:55 in the consi semis. Hampton (29-5) will wrestle Harrison’s Jarrod Pominville (48-11) in the third-place match.

126 — Valdosta’s Tyler Lamon and Lee’s Ethan Dooley will wrestle for third place on Saturday, while Coffee’s Nolan Smith will wrestle for fifth. Dooley and Smith both fell in the semifinals, with Dooley losing by fall to Dalton’s Hunter Noland in 2:44 and Smith taking a 5-1 loss against Pope’s Alex Hearn. Dooley (43-12) rallied in the consi semis with a pin in 4:26 over South Paulding’s Noah Van Dyck. Dooley will face Lamon (40-10) in the third-place match. Lamon advanced with two Friday wins, downing Creekview’s Mason Botts, 5-3, in the blood round, and knocking off Smith, 2-0, in the consi semis. Smith (46-9) will wrestle Van Dyck (38-15) for fifth. Brunswick’s Christian Sheppard also competed on Friday, losing by fall in 3:38 during the blood round to Van Dyck.

138 — Valdosta’s Aushaud Evans will wrestle for fifth on Saturday after going 1-1 on Friday. Evans decisioned Lee’s Phin Johnson, 5-2, in the blood round, but then lost by tech fall (15-0 in 4:39) in the consi semis to Dalton’s Jaxon Wells. Evans (38-12) will wrestle Richmond Hill’s Brandon Langley (42-7) in the fifth-place match.

152 — Valdosta’s Javari Lester and Brunswick’s Chuckobe Hill both fell in the blood round. Lester dropped a 2-1 decision to Alexander’s Mathew Dawson (going for 5th on Saturday) in the top half of the consi bracket, while Hill took a 10-5 loss against Centennial’s Isaiah Thomas (going for 5th on Saturday) on the bottom half.

160 — Brunswick’s Curtis Brock will wrestle for third, while Coffee’s Tayon Wimberly and Valdosta’s Sam McFarland will wrestle one another for fifth. Brock was 1-1 on Saturday, falling, 13-4, in the semis to unbeaten Gavin Kane of Cambridge, but he rallied in the consi semis with a 30-second fall over McFarland. Brock (50-8) will wrestle Creekview’s Wyatt Higgins (52-5) for third place. Wimberly and McFarland both won in the blood round, with Wimberly taking down Alexander’s Carringon Johnson, 4-1, in the top half, and McFarland pinning Effingham’s Brayden Bell in 5:29 in the bottom half. Wimberly then fell, 13-2, to Higgins in the consi semis.

170 — Valdosta’s Dominique Dale will wrestle for third place after a 1-1 Friday. Dale lost by fall late in the semis to Alexander’s Gabriel Santiago (5:58), but pulled together for a 4-2 decision in the consi semis over Cambridge’s Evan Kurtz. Dale (50-8) will wrestle Chattahoochee’s Marcus Stephens (45-7) in the third-place match.

182 — The Wildcats’ Antione Scott will also wrestle for third after a 1-1 Friday. Scott lost by major decision to Richmond Hill’s Jakeem Littles, 13-2, in the semifinals, then rallied back for a third-period final over Centennial’s Leroy Macon in the consi semis. Scott (26-7) will wrestle Chattahoochee’s Daniel Gladwell (38-4) in the third-place match.

220 — Lee’s Maliik Jordan will wrestle in the finals Saturday afternoon, while Coffee’s Cameron Arvidson will be wrestling for fifth place. Jordan found a takedown in the semis on Friday against Alexander’s Zach Loner for a 4-2 decision in sudden victory, his first decision after two earlier pins in the tournament. Jordan (54-8) will face Effingham’s Zeikeil Walls (18-2) in the championship. Walls also has two pins and a decision prior to final. Arvidson forged his path to a medal with a blood-round fall in 3:26 over Brunswick’s Ulee Mullen, but then lost by fall in the consi semis to Loner, in 4:15. Arvidson (28-10) will wrestle Mundy’s Mill’s Unongo Terungwa (31-13) in the fifth-place match.

285 — Valdosta’s Demetrius Allen will wrestle in the finals Saturday, while Coffee’s Jesus Riano will contend for third place. Allen needed just 65 seconds to punch his ticket for the championship match, falling Dacula’s Jameel Abuziad in the semis to pin his way to the final. Allen (36-7) will wrestle Creekview’s Eli Daugherty (56-10) in the finals. Daugherty has a pin and two decisions, the second of those an 11-4 win over Riano in the semis. Riano (42-19) rallied to edge Lanier’s Kyle Emerson, 2-1, in the consi semis, and will wrestle Abuziad (31-14) for third place.

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5A State Recap: TCC’s Burgess Shines In Semis

South Georgia Matmen staff report

MACON — Ware has led the 5A area scene, and rightly so, for the entirety of the 2018-19 wrestling season.

But on the eve of the 5A state traditional tournament at the Macon Centreplex, the tournament often turns — particularly when no significant team-point issues are in play — from a team tournament to an individual one.

And, individually, Thomas County Central’s David Burgess (106) and Amari Pettis (220) could be said to be leading the 5A charge for the Matmen coverage area.

Burgess is the area’s only finalist (start time for all finals scheduled for 3 p.m. later today), while Pettis is one of two area 5A wrestlers going for third place (3rd-4th place matches are scheduled for approximately 11:30 a.m., with 5th-6th place matches scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.).

Burgess recorded his third fall in as many days during Friday’s semifinal round against Johnson, Gainesville’s Titan Carr, a 51-match winner, falling Carr in 5:38 to advance into the championship match. Burgess (9-0 in results reported to GHSA) will wrestle Buford’s Nick Corday (50-7) in the finals. Corday also has three pins under his belt during the course of the tournament.

In terms of team standings, Ware, with six medalists, is by far the top team, standing in seventh place with 77 points after Friday’s wrestling. TCC is 14th with 44, while Bainbridge is tied for 32nd (seven points) and Wayne is tied for 38th (three).

Woodland, Cartersville holds a 20.5-point lead over Buford, 185.5-165, while Veterans stands third at 120, Ola fourth at 109.5 and Union Grove fifth at 91.5.

Below follows a recap on the rest of the tournament, from a local perspective:

106 — In addition to Burgess, Ware’s Ethan Frye will wrestle for fifth after a 1-1 day on Friday. Frye assured himself of a state medal with a 6-5 win over Walnut Grove’s Jack Ponder in the blood round. He then fell in the consi semis, 6-0, to Ola’s Reese Jones. Frye (52-15) will face Carr (51-15) in the fifth-place match.

126 — Ware’s Reese Poole will wrestle for fifth after a tough day Friday saw him take two losses. Poole lost by fall in the semis to Ola’s Jackson DiSario, in 3:48, and then took an 18-4 loss in the consi semis to Locust Grove’s Konner Alejandro. Poole (56-10) will wrestle Cass’ Ben Mills (31-14) for fifth place; Poole defeated Mills, 9-1, in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

145 — The Gators’ Kooper Thomas will be wrestling for his team’s highest place finish, going for third on Saturday. Thomas fell to Union Grove’s Brady Massey, 6-2, in the semis, but came back in the consi semis with a 9-4 win over Ola’s Brian Dalton, Thomas’ second win over Dalton in the tournament. Thomas (50-13) will face Carrollton’s Kaleb Thomaston (30-7) in the third-place match.

152 — Ware’s Cannon White will wrestle for fifth on Saturday after a 1-1 day on Friday. White pinned Harris’ Jacob Schrenk in 1:54 in the blood round to assure himself of a medal, but then lost in the consi semis to Cass’ Kendall Arnold, 8-3 in sudden victory. White (50-14) will wrestle Woodland, Stockbridge’s Letrey Langston (56-3) in the fifth-place match.

160 — The Gators’ Conner White will wrestle for fifth on Saturday after a semifinal appearance, going 0-2 in the tournament’s third day. White lost by fall to Veterans’ Kevin Reynolds (1:32) in the semis, then took a 3-1 loss in the consi semis to Dutchtown’s Dylan Burton. White (55-18) will wrestle Union Grove’s Troy Alexander (43-15) in the fifth-place match.

170 — Ware’s Nick Felton lost by fall in his only match of the day, falling in the blood round to Hiram’s Jordan Logan (going for 5th on Saturday) in 3:51.

182 — The Gators’ Jesus Hernandez will wrestle for fifth on Saturday after a 1-1 day on Friday. Hernandez found a takedown in overtime to turn back Statesboro’s Noah Brannen, 11-9, in the blood round, but he then lost by fall in 20 seconds in the consi semis to Woodland, Cartersville’s Brice Shedd. Hernandez (48-27) will face Veterans’ Austin Suess (29-12) in the fifth-place match.

195 — Bainbridge’s Arkeavious Marshall lost by fall in his only match of the day, losing in the blood round to Rome’s Bryant Wilkinson (going for 3rd on Saturday) in 3:53.

220 — Pettis will wrestle for third on Saturday, while Ware’s Zay Taylor lost in his only match of the day. All three local matches were decided by one point. Pettis fell in double-overtime, 3-2, in the semis to Buford’s Evan DiMaggio, but came back to secure a 3-2 victory of his own over Banneker’s Jaylin Williams in the consi semis. Pettis (7-2 as reported to GHSA) will face South Effingham’s Shamar Padget (31-15) the third-place match. Meanwhile, Taylor took a 5-4 loss to Williams (going for 5th on Saturday) in the blood round.

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Girls’ State Recap: Camden’s Downs Leads Four-Medalist Area Group

South Georgia Matmen staff report

(Editor’s Note: Due to two errors, one of omission and one of fact, we are re-running all of the results for two of the wrestlers that appear in this recap. Matmen regrets the errors).

MACON — We expect fully to see a few Camden presences at the top of the Class 7A podium Saturday afternoon at the state traditional tournament.

The Wildcat aces could be joined by another ace, 136-pound Alexa Downs, atop the podium at the Macon Centreplex on Saturday.

Downs reached the finals of her bracket at the inaugural girls’ state tournament with a second-period fall over New Manchester’s Shyra LaGarde in the semifinals. LaGarde entered the tournament with a 20-1 record, but Downs had the answer with a fall in 3:26. Downs (7-4) will wrestle Stone Mountain’s Daisy Gilleylen (12-5) in the final (scheduled start time in all classes 3 p.m.).

The tournament is not tracking team scores. Below follows a recap of the rest of the area’s female wrestlers, all of whom that competed Friday going for medals:

116: Berrien’s Cecily Livingston is wrestling for third place on Saturday, winning four matches by fall after a 16-2 loss in the round of 16 to Ola’s Amani Jones (going for title on Saturday). Livingston pinned Gordon Lee’s Dashyna Lee (3:04) in consi round 1, North Hall’s Ali Rogers (1:53) in consi round 2, Osborne’s Ashley Hernandez (2:05) in the blood round and Alexander’s Trinity Moon (4:13) in the consi semis. Livingston (16-11) will face Baldwin’s Catherine Mullis (26-12) in the third-place match (scheduled start time for 3rd-4th place matches 11:30 a.m.).

136: Pierce’s Tristen Music is wrestling for third place on Saturday, winning four times (2 pins, 2 majors) after a loss by fall to Gilleylen (3:55) in the round of 16. Music pinned Newnan’s Isabella Rodrigez (:40) in consi round 1, majored North Forsyth’s Jacqueline Palmer (17-3) in consi round 2, falled South Effingham’s Jai Tindal (3:29) in the blood round and majored Mt Zion’s Ameria Williams (16-5) in the consi semis. Music (7-11) will wrestle LaGarde (21-2) in the third-place match.

176: Valdosta’s Katherine Walker will be wrestling for fifth after a 1-1 day on Friday. Walker turned back Columbus’ Jadakiss Grant, 8-2, in the blood round on Friday, but then lost by fall in the consi semis to Veterans’ Emilie Rohme in 3:20. Walker (2-9) will wrestle West Forsyth’s Hailey Patrick in the fifth-place match (start time for 5th-6th place matches 10 a.m. Saturday). Patrick falled Walker in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

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