3A State Duals Recap: Day 1 Updates

South Georgia Matmen staff report

MACON — For Cook and Pierce, the road both teams will take in the GHSA 3A state duals tournament at the Macon Centreplex can — at best — end in a third-place finish on Saturday.

Both Cook and Pierce sustained single-digit losses in the round of 12 on Thursday afternoon, with the Hornets mounting a furious comeback that fell just short against Islands, falling 37-36.

As for the Bears, their 39-31 loss at the hands of Lumpkin wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate: Pierce had lost eight of the first 10 matches, giving up a 39-7 deficit. Lumpkin then voluntarily forfeited the final four weights of the dual, giving Pierce 24 points in the process.

Cook will face Central (Macon) in a consi round 2 dual, while Pierce takes on Coahulla Creek in that same round. Central (Macon) fell to Jefferson, 78-6, in the quarterfinals on Thursday night, while Coahulla Creek fell to Jackson County, 47-30, also in the quarters. Coahulla and Central both had round of 12 wins Thursday afternoon.

Cook jumped to 12-0 and 18-13 leads over Islands, but two pins at 285 and 106, plus a forfeit, gave Islands a 31-18 lead with five weights to go. The Hornets regained the lead, 33-31, with two weights left, but a loss by fall required a bonus-point win at 145. Cook got the win, but not the bonus point(s).

Steve Odom (152), Shandon Henley (160), Aaron Edmonds (220), Jimmie Lamb (120) and Tyler Inman (126) all won by fall for Cook, with Tripp Williams (12-8 at 132) and KJ Walton (6-5 at 145) both winning by decisions.

Lumpkin never trailed in its dual with the Bears, leading 24-5 nearly midway through, with five pins proving decisive in the opponents’ favor.

Zack Fullard (126), Todd Carter (132), Tristan Music (138) and Trevor Thoere (145) were the wrestlers granted the forfeits rather than competition once the dual was effectively over. Dalton Malone (16-1 tech at 170) and Jake Herman (6-4 at 285) had Turner’s only contested wins in the dual.

First-day results from the round of 12 and the quarterfinals can be found here: 3A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS

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1A State Duals Recap: Day 1 Updates

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MACON — In Class 1A, Turner has reached the Final Four.

After a first-round bye Thursday at the GHSA state dual tournament at the Macon Centreplex, the Rebels got to the semifinals with a come-from-behind 41-30 quarterfinal win over Mt. Pisgah Christian Thursday night.

Turner will take on one of Georgia’s best small-school teams, Commerce, in the semifinals on Friday. Commerce reached the semis with a 72-6 quarterfinal win over Mt. Zion, Carroll.

Meanwhile, Irwin will — after a solid 57-21 round-of-12 victory over Washington-Wilkes Thursday afternoon — have to content itself with a quest for third place, after falling in the quarters to Trion, 55-24.

Turner spotted Mt. Pisgah Christian three different deficits — 11-0, 18-15 and 24-20 — but, each time, the Rebels found a way to retake the lead.

The last one was the most decisive, as Turner won four of the last five matches — three of those with pins from Jacorian Prater (170), Noah Swift (195) and Zion Blackshear (285) in a combined total of 2:13. Tray King added a 5-3 sudden-victory decision at 220 as well for Rebels.

Earlier in the dual, Jalias Smith (126) had a win by fall, while Yaki Whitsett took a 20-5 tech fall at 152 and Aushyon Durandis had a 5-3 decision at 120; William Priest (132) and Corey Morrow (170) won by forfeit for the Rebels.

Trion jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never trailed against Irwin, picking up three different 3-match win streaks to steadily pull further and further away from the Indians.

Irwin bagged its 24 points on four pins from Will Tucker (126), Wright Walker (138), Rolland Williams (160) and DJ Lundy (285).

Earlier in the day, the Indians did trail twice against Washington-Wilkes (3-0 and 15-12), but Irwin rattled off six straight wins from 113 through 145 to close down the dual victory.

Kendall White (160), Jatory Lundy (220), DJ Lundy (295), Jordan Dunlap (113), Peyton Pierce (126), Tucker (this time at 132) and Seth Pilcher (138) each won by fall for the Indians, with Walker winning 7-6 at 145. Williams (this time at 170) and Gunner Willingham (120) both had forfeit wins.

The Rebels will face Strong Rock Christian in consi round 2 on Friday. Strong Rock Christian fell to Mt Zion, Carroll, by a 51-27 in the round of 12 Thursday.

First-day results from the round of 12 and the quarterfinals can be found here: 1A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS

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7A State Duals Recap: Day 1 Updates

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MACON — Camden is firing on all cylinders. Colquitt is a team you don’t want to face right now.

Both the Wildcats and Packers, in different ways and with different results, made big splashes in the quarterfinal round Thursday night in the GHSA 7A state duals tournament at the Macon Centreplex.

Camden, the defending state champions, dominated Walton, 63-12, and McEachern, 75-0, in the top half of the bracket. The Wildcats will face West Forsyth in a Friday semifinal.

After pushing past Newnan, 54-15, in the round of 16, Colquitt pushed Brookwood nearly to the brink before buckling from the pressure of a furious comeback against the long-time state powerhouse, falling by a 42-34 count in a dual where a win in the last match would have been enough to win the dual.

Camden jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the round of 16 behind falls from Hunter Malson (170) and Cody Herrin (182), plus a 16-0 tech fall from Raydan Wilder, which opened the dual, at 152. Walton strung together two decision victories to cut the lead to 17, but the Wildcats then rattled off 28 straight points to clinch the victory.

Critical in that streak, a five-match effort, were falls from Hayden Malson (285), Tyler Crew (120), Nick Krug (126) and a 12-3 major from Nathan Orum at 113.

P.A. Ferguson (138) and Tyler Dahlgren (145) closed out the dual with first-period falls.

If anything, Camden might have been even more dominant in the quarters against McEachern, allowing just two matches to complete without bonus points being earned. The Wildcats had 10 falls — including six in a row from 113 through 145 — as Hunter Malson (170), Herrin (182), Myles Starke (195), Hayden Malson (285), John Myers (113), Crew (120), Kaleb Clark (126), Krug (this time at 132), Ferguson (138) and Tyler Dahlgren (145) all won by pin. Omega Clark opened the dual with a 16-0 tech, while Riley Dahlgren had a 14-0 major. Garrett Gaston (9-7 at 220) and Kaleb Askin (9-3 at 152) added decisions.

Colquitt spotted Newnan first points at 152, but the Packers then roared back with seven straight wins, six of them via fall, to take a 39-3 lead, which was enough to clinch the dual after Newnan added another decision victory and could not score enough points in any event to come back.

Demetrius Carter (170), Jamad Willis (182), Michael Roberts (195), Nic Jarvis (220), Brian Merritt (285) and Jared Collum (106) all had pins during that seven-match streak, with Johnathan Wickett (160) kicking it off with a sudden-victory 7-5 decision.

Later, Zack Kirkland (120) and Deontae Edwards (145) added falls, with Austin Paradice taking a 6-2 decision at 138.

Brookwood jumped out to a 24-0 lead, and that huge gap — in attempting to close it — proved to be just one or two matches too much for the Packers, though Colquitt would win six of seven between 106 and 145, but one of Brookwood’s best was there at 152 to slam the door shut.

Collum (106), Ethan Sellers (113), Kirkland (120) and Paradice (138) all won by fall for Colquitt, with Clinton Folsom (14-4 at 145) taking a major and both Jarvis (3-2 over a very strong Brookwood competitor at 220) and Alek Rosales (2-0 at 132) adding decisions.

Complete first-day results for all 12 duals wrestled in 7A can be found here: 7A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS

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6A State Duals Recap: Day 1 Updates

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MACON — Every wrestling team, like every one of its individuals, wants to enter the next day of the state tournament still on the right side of the bracket.

Valdosta was able to do that with two wins in Thursday’s GHSA 6A state duals tournament action, with wins over Stephenson (58-20) and South Paulding (45-24) to reach the semifinals, where the Wildcats will take on Creekview Friday evening.

Brunswick and Coffee, on the other hand, will have to go after third place on the left side of the bracket, after both the Pirates and Trojans lost in the round of 16 Thursday. Creekview took down Brunswick in what had been a close dual for a good chunk of it, 43-24, while Coffee lost to another semifinalist, Richmond Hill, by a 54-22 count.

Stephenson only ever led the Wildcats, 6-0, after the opening weight class, but three pins from Dominique Dale (160), Antione Scott (182) and Noah Pettigrew (195) pushed momentum in Valdosta’s favor, as the Wildcats built a 24-6 lead.

That lead became insurmountable from 285 through 126, as Valdosta bagged four straight falls from Demetrius Allen (285), Darrell Rochester (106), Kaleb Davis (113) and Jordan Hampton (120). Aushaud Evans (145) would polish off the dual with a 10-0 major for the Wildcats.

In the quarterfinal against South Paulding, Valdosta spotted the opponent an early 18-6 deficit, but then bagged three first-period falls in succession from Noah Pettigrew (220), Demetrius Allen (285) and Darrell Rochester (106), and never trailed again. Dale (160), Tyler Lamon (126) and Evans (this time at 152) also added pins in the victory, with Hampton (8-4 at 120), Cameron Bradley (9-5 at 132) and Jordan Brown (2-1 at 145) all adding decisions.

Richmond Hill never trailed in its dual with Coffee, jumping out to a 24-3 lead and picking up seven max-point wins through the 113 match, with the Trojans only scoring two decisions during the first nine matches. Coffee did win three of the last five, but the damage was already done.

Zane Cumbass (120) and Nolan Smith (126) each won by fall for the Trojans, with Gregory Lacoste (17-4 at 145) closing out the dual with a major. Tayon Wimberly (7-4 at 170) and Cameron Arvidson (8-4 at 220) both had decisions for Coffee, which will face Mt Zion, Jonesboro in consi round 1.

Brunswick spotted Creekview a 13-0 deficit right from the jump, but the Pirates righted the ship and cut the gap down to five at 22-17 with two big pins from John Roberts (195) and Trent Burke (106), plus a Staffon Stanley forfeit at 182.

But Creekview seized control in the lowers, taking four of the next five weights to clinch the dual.

Trace Insalaco (145) closed out the action with a 14-4 major at his weight, with Christian Sheppard (120) pushing past his Creekview opponent for a 9-7 win. The Pirates will face Habersham Central in consi round 1; that round will not get underway until Friday morning.

Dual results from the first day’s wrestling, in their entirety in 6A, can be found here: 6A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS

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5A State Duals Recap: Day 1 Updates

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MACON — Ware moves pretty comfortably among most teams in the Matmen coverage area — if not necessarily all.

But trying to take down one of the Southeast’s strongest programs?

That proved to be too difficult in Thursday night’s GHSA 5A state duals tournament quarterfinals, as Woodland, Cartersville tore through the Gators, 70-6. Earlier in the day, Ware had handled its business in the round of 16, with a solid 49-25 victory over Walnut Grove Thursday morning.

The loss sent Ware into the consolation bracket, where the Gators will attempt to regroup in consi round 2 against the Decatur-Statesboro winner on Friday. Already, there are some pretty big fish in the consi brackets, as Ware could  face Ola in consi round 3 with a berth in the third-place dual on the line.

Ware could not shake loose from Walnut Grove until the second half of the dual, taking deficits at 6-4 and 18-16.

But, with things tied at 22 going into the 113 match, that’s when the Gators turned it up another gear.

Ware would win five of the next six matches, all of them with bonus points, to pull away from Walnut Grove and assure a quarterfinal appearance.

Nick Felton (170), Jesus Hernandez (182), Izzy Smalls (285), Ethan Frye (113), Grayson Smith (120) and Kooper Thomas (145) all won by pin for the Gators, with Reese Poole taking a 17-1 tech fall at 126 and Cannon White (15-3 at 152) and Banner Thomas (9-1 at 138) both winning with majors.

There would not be so many winners against Woodland, Cartersville. In fact, there would only be one, as Smalls (again at 285) would take a second-period fall. That was it for points for the Gators.

Dual results from the first day of competition can be found here: 5A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS.

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4A State Duals Recap: Day 1 Updates

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MACON — A long-time Georgia powerhouse derailed Cairo’s hopes for a 4A state duals title Thursday morning.

Gilmer won the first eight matches against the Syrupmakers, going on to take a 64-17 victory and sending Cairo into the consolation bracket, where the Syrupmakers would have to win four duals in order to take a shot at third place.

Cairo will face Baldwin on Friday morning in consi round 1 action.

With the dual starting at 152, Gilmer’s strength up top was too strong for Cairo, as Gilmer picked up bonus points in every one of those first eight matches (and its three other wins as well), rolling out to a 46-0 lead.

The Syrupmakers got on the board with James Cartwright’s third-period fall over Pascual Bautista (5:35) at 113, but the damage was already done.

Cairo would pick up two more weight-class wins, with Kason Sellers (132) teching Rudy Andres, 15-0, and Johnny Doyle (138) winning by forfeit.

In other round-of-16 results in 4A, Perry (49-21 over Baldwin), North Oconee (54-18 over Chestatee), Central (Carroll) (50-16 over Eastside), West Laurens (75-5 over Cross Creek), Blessed Trinity Catholic (51-18 over Ridgeland), Cartersville (42-31 over Columbus) and Woodward Academy (59-15 over Madison) advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Gilmer later advanced with a 44-22 victory over Perry in the quarters. Gilmer is joined in the semifinals by Central (Carroll) (39-29 over North Oconee), West Laurens (42-40 over Blessed Trinity Catholic) and Woodward Academy (56-18 over Cartersville).

Here are complete results from the first day of wrestling in 4A (they are also on the 2018-19 State Duals page): 4A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS

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January 15 Dual Roundup

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BLACKSHEAR — Pierce began its tuneup for the week’s 3A state dual tournament competition with a home dual Tuesday night, turning back Wayne, 54-28.

The Bears, who will face Lumpkin in the round of 16 later in the afternoon Thursday, got falls from James Jones (120), Trevor Thoere (145), Matthew Womack (152), Seth Armstrong (170), Jerelle Green (182), Hunter Walters (220) and Jacob Herman (285).

Wayne responded with pins from Camren Ryals (126) and Brenden Wild (195), plus a 17-5 major from Jahquan Felix at 138.

The Yellow Jackets will also be wrestling on Thursday, but will be in regular-season competition instead, with a tri-meet. We’ve got two possibilities — Wayne’s either hosting Glynn Academy & New Hampstead, or is at MCA along with Charlton.

Thomas County Central 48, Tallahassee Chiles FL 30: At Thomasville, the host Yellow Jackets won the final five matches — four by fall — in defeating the Timberwolves.

TCC got pins from Jeremy Roberts (113), Bryson Yarley (132), Jacob Long (138), Chaz Brady (182), Brian Beckwith (195), Amari Pettis (220) and David Burgess (106) in the victory.

The Yellow Jackets are off until the Region 1-5A traditional tournament on February 1.

Complete dual results from both of these duals can be found here.

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