Dual state brackets have been released to the public by the GHSA. The tournament will be on Trackwrestling and Matmen will be following semi-live throughout the weekend, starting on Thursday morning at around 9 a.m. with Ware and Cairo. Where time permits, the @SouthGAMatmen Twitter account will update with match-by-match results.
Here are the local pairings involving area teams:
7A (round of 16 starts approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday) Camden v. Walton Colquitt v. Newnan
6A (round of 16 starts approximately 11:15 a.m. Thursday) Coffee v. Richmond Hill Brunswick v. Creekview
5A (top half starts approximately 9 a.m. Thursday) Ware v. Walnut Grove
4A (round of 16 starts approximately 9 a.m. Thursday) Cairo v. Gilmer
3A (round of 12 starts approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday) Cook v. Islands Pierce v. Lumpkin
1A (round of 12 starts approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday) Irwin v. Washington-Wilkes Turner rec. bye
HAZLEHURST — Berrien placed fifth on Saturday at the Area 1-2A GHSA dual team tournament.
The Rebels fell twice in pool play to host Jeff Davis (58-22) and eventual area champion Toombs (66-16). In the fifth-place match, Berrien defeated Swainsboro, 42-33.
Toombs won the tournament with a 46-20 dual victory over Vidalia in the championship match. Vidalia came back in a “true second” victory over Jeff Davis, 50-27.
In the loss to the hosts, the Rebels won four matches in the dual, all of them with bonus points. Dawson Heath (145), Courson Taylor (160) and Jaden Wheeler (285) all had pins for Berrien, with Caden Taylor (152) taking a 12-4 major.
Finding points against Toombs, a long-time small-school power program, was a tougher challenge, as Berrien spotted Toombs a 30-0 deficit before Heath got the Rebels on the board with a 12-2 major. Caden Taylor then won by fall at 152, but that was Berrien’s last contested win. Wheeler took a forfeit at 285 for the Rebels.
The fifth-place match was friendlier territory for Berrien, but even then the Rebels had to overcome a nine-point deficit, with three weights to go, to defeat Swainsboro. Heath (145), Caden Taylor (152) and Wheeler (285) each won by falls, with forfeits secured by Cecily Livingston (120), Keishaynedrick Sykes (126), Caleb Haley (106) and Colton Mitchell (113) all winning by forfeit.
Complete dual results, for Berrien and the rest of the area, can be found here.
YULEE, FLA — While the Camden A wrestlers were taking care of duals business in Moultrie, the Wildcat B squad was holding down the IBT front as well.
Camden’s second group had a dominating victory at Yulee HS’ Battle of the Border, a two-day IBT event.
The Wildcats finished the tournament with 258.5 points, 103.5 ahead of the runnerup host Hornets. 11 teams participated in the tournament; Valwood had signed up to compete, but brought no wrestlers.
Below follows a Camden recap of the tournament:
106 — Riley Dahlgren finished second after winning by fall in the quarters over Florida Deaf & Blind’s Rey Suero (4th place finisher) and taking a major decision over Jacksonville Ed White’s Bruce Harting (3rd place) in the semis. Dahlgren lost by decision to Orange Park Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez, a two-time Florida state placer, in the final. Jacob Fink also competed in the tournament, going 2-2 with pins over Callahan West Nassau’s Garrett Butler on the front and Yulee’s Aaron Grey on the back side.
113 — Chance Marsh was a semifinalist, losing only to the eventual champion in taking third. Marsh majored Fernandina Beach’s Jeremy Mahoney in the quarters, losing by major in the semis to Ridgeview’s Gabe Guzman. On the back, Marsh pinned Yulee’s Tristan Martinez and majored Mahoney a second time for third. Anthony Doyle also participated in the tournament, going 1-2 with a fall on the front over Florida Deaf & Blind’s Lance Gardenhire.
120 — Kohlby Hopper reached the finals, losing by fall to Tyler Reeve of Tallahassee Florida High in the final. Hopper pinned Ridgeview’s Clay Propes in the quarters and West Nassau’s Brendan Ferenchik (3rd place) in the semis.
126 — Caleb Picard won the weight class, with a quarterfinal decision over Florida High’s Anthony Bedoya and semifinal pin over Middleburg’s Enoch Long (3rd place). He won by forfeit over Yulee’s Bryce Bees in the championship match.
132 — Daniel Fredericks placed fourth, going 3-2 and needing all three of those wins on the back side to make podium. After a quarterfinal loss to eventual runnerup Bradly Kraai of West Nassau, Fredericks decisioned Ridgeview’s Logan Champion in the consi quarters and Florida Deaf & Blind’s Sean Meyers in the semis, losing by fall to the hosts’ Orion Duffy in the third-place match.
138 — Porter Bryant placed fourth, going 2-2 in the tournament. After losing by fall in the quarters to Cocoa (FL) Space Coast’s Micheal Squires, Bryant pinned West Nassau’s Demetrio Thomas in the consi quarters and won by default over Middleburg’s Storm Mercado in the consi semis. He took a decision loss in the third-place match to Jacksonville Bishop Kenny’s John Schloth.
145 — Charles Morton was second and Robert Henderson in the weight class. Morton had pins over Yulee’s Jesse Johnson (quarters) and Florida High’s Dennis Ganim (semis) before losing by decision in the final to Middleburg’s Chris Burch. Henderson opened with a quarterfinal tech over West Nassau’s Deonte Robinson, but then lost by decision to Burch in the semis. Henderson then pinned West Nassau’s Taison Mullins in the consi semis and Ganim in the third-place match.
152 — William Blount placed third, with a 3-1 record. Blount falled Ridgeview’s Rae Barger in the quarters, but then lost by major in the semifinals to Middleburg’s Bryce Williams. Blount came back with pins over Fernandina Beach’s Jeremiah Giedrys in the consi semis and Ridgeview’s Reed Propes in the third-place match.
160 — Omega Clark placed third, with a 3-1 record. Clark pinned Middleburg’s Michael Higginbotham in the quarters, but then took a decision loss to multiple-time Florida state qualifier Andrew Slade of Bishop Kenny in the semis. Clark majored Ed White’s Walter Goodman in the consi semis and won by decision over Florida High’s Noah Perdue in the third-place match.
170 — Josh Morton took second at this weight, with a major over Bishop Kenny’s Nolan Scheets in the quarters (3rd place) and fall in the semis over Ed White’s Carl Otero (4th place). Morton lost by fall in the finals to Space Coast’s Marcus Santos.
182 — Deonte Dozier placed fourth with a 2-2 record, with wins on both sides. Dozier pinned Bishop Kenny’s Esa Farah in the quarters but then lost to eventual champ Nathan Manning of Fernandina Beach by fall in the semis. After assuring a podium spot with a pin over Yulee’s Keleb Reddish in the consi semis, Dozier lost by fall to Ed White’s Jaison Patterson in the third-place match.
195 — Trevonte Dozier took third, going 3-1 in the tournament. After pinning Fernandina Beach’s Kolby Kidd in the quarters, he lost by fall to eventual champ Michael Crawford of Yulee in the semis. Dozier pinned Ed White’s Jarred Ball in the consi semis and falled West Nassau’s Jackson Rowell for third place.
220 — Garrett Gaston won twice by fall in reaching the finals. Gaston pinned Ridgeview’s Od’juan Whitfield in the quarters and Ed White’s Larry McCrudy (4th place finisher) in the semis, but then lost by fall in the championship match to Yulee’s Bradley Durrance.
285 — Brian Jones placed fourth and was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Jones pinned Bishop Kenny’s Curtis Leggett in the quarters, but then lost by decision to eventual champion Grayson Pope of Yulee in the semis. After pinning teammate Jacori Malcolm in the consi semis, Jones lost by fall to another Yulee wrestler, Nathanael Lowe, in the third-place match. Malcolm was also 2-2, with back side pins over Fernandina Beach’s Sam Loper in consi round 1 and Space Coast’s Zachery Atkinson in the consi quarters.
Complete brackets for this tournament can be found here.
GUYTON — For the third straight season, Ware will advance to the 5A dual state tournament as Region 2-5A champions.
The Gators qualified for Thursday’s state tournament at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum with a semifinal win over New Hampstead (66-12) and championship victory over Statesboro, 68-12, losing just four matches on the day.
Anthony Phillips (106), Ethan Frye (113), Grayson Smith (120), Reese Poole (126), Dustin Varnedore (132), Mosies Butler (138), Kooper Thomas (145), Cannon White (152), Conner White (160) and Zay Taylor (220) all were 2-0 on the day for Ware.
The Gators rolled up 12 wins in the semis, with Frye, Smith, Poole, Conner White, Nick Felton (170) and Jesus Hernandez (182) all with pins. Butler had a 17-2 tech fall, with Cannon White taking an 18-6 major and Thomas winning with a 6-4 decision.
In the championship, Ware again won 12 matches, including pins from Phillips, Frye, Smith, Poole, Varnedore, Cannon White, Conner White, Joshdavid Vo (195), Taylor and Izzy Smalls (285). Butler had a second 17-2 tech fall, with Thomas taking a 9-4 win.
New Hampstead had defeated Wayne in a pigtail dual, with dual score and match-by-match not immediately available at press time. We will update this story and results should that change.
Ware’s dual results for this region tournament can be found here.
MOULTRIE — We expected Camden to qualify out for the 7A dual state tournament.
Host Colquitt, on the other hand, needed an influx of football talent on Saturday, and the result was a boost to the Packers, who defeated Lowndes, 40-25, in the Region 1-7A semifinals to qualify out.
Camden did dominate the region scene, to be sure, losing just three matches in taking two dual victories on Saturday over Tift (63-3 in the semis) and Colquitt (58-9) in the championship.
Lowndes was third with a 39-30 victory over Tift in the four-team region.
Below follows a dual-by-dual recap:
Semifinal 1 (started at 195): Camden won the first 11 weights before the Blue Devils would get on the scoreboard with their only weight-class win, an 8-5 decision for Rod Redding at 160. Otherwise, it was all Wildcats, who got falls from Vinny Corsi (220), Nathan Orum (113), Tyler Crew (120), Raydan Wilder (152) and Hunter Malson (170), techs from Nick Krug (18-2 at 126) and Tyler Dahlgren (16-1 at 145), majors from Rafael Wilkerson (15-7 at 195), Hayden Malson (12-0 at 285) and DeMarquis Hall (8-0 at 106), plus a 10-3 win from Kaleb Clark at 132 and a 5-0 decision from Cody Herrin at 182.
Semifinal 2 (started at 195): The Packer footballers immediately made their presence felt, as Colquitt jumped out to an 18-0 lead, which it later extended to 34-6. Lowndes did make things interesting from 145 through 170, cutting the gap to nine, but that was not until the second-to-last match. Colquitt got pins from Michael Roberts (195), Nic Jarvis (220), Timmy Brinson (132) and MarKaybion Spradley (182), with an 8-0 major from Ethan Sellers at 113 and wins from Zack Kirkland (7-2 at 120) and Austin Paradice (9-5 at 138). Lowndes had a fall from from Zachary Williams (170) and techs from Gareth Chaney (15-0 at 152) and Colby Strawder (20-5 at 160), plus wins from Dominic DiTomasso (6-5 at 106), Andrew Adams (7-1 at 126) and Jackson Lawson (6-4 at 145).
Third place (started at 220): Tift got out to a 12-0 start, and it wasn’t until 138 when the Vikings would get their first lead, but three bonus-point wins between 145 and 17) would carry the day for Lowndes to win the dual. Ethan Gilbert (113), Jackson Lawson (145) and Williams (170) won by fall for the Vikings, with Nathan Lawson (126) taking a 16-0 tech fall, plus a major from Chaney (15-2 at 152) and wins from DiTomasso (8-2 at 106) and Tiberius Drocea (14-11 at 195). Tift answered with falls from Dalton Hancock (220), Redding (160) and Gerald Coney (182), a 15-7 major from Timothy Wright at 132 and decision from Blake Haggins (13-11 at 120).
Championship (started at 220): Colquitt took the early lead on a first-period fall from Jarvis at 220, but the Wildcats would roar back with five wins in a row, then bag seven more after the Packers got a 6-3 win from Brinson at 132. Crew (120), Krug (126), Dahlgren (145) and Hunter Malson (170) all had pins, with Kaleb Askin winning by injury default at 160 and Herrin taking a victory by disqualification at 182. Hall (10-0 at 106) won by major, and decisions came from Hayden Malson (6-2 at 285), Orum (7-6 at 113), P.A. Ferguson (12-8 at 138) and Wilkerson (8-4 at 195).
Complete dual results for this region tournament can be found here.
BRUNSWICK — It was a night of shutouts in the Golden Isles Wednesday night.
At Brunswick High, the host Pirates sent their duals record to 20-1, shutting out Wayne, 84-0, while Glynn Academy shut down Charlton, 60-0, in tuneup duals prior to this weekend’s Region 2-6A duals competition.
Brunswick got falls from Demonta Pitts (126), Cameron Crump (132), Dalton Zachry (138), Chuckobe Hill (152), Ryan Buckley (170), Staffon Stanley (182), John Roberts (195), Ulee Mullen (220) and William Abbott (285).
Meanwhile, Glynn Academy had pins from Aidan Bee (106), Jackson Wakeland (170), Jaquarius Middlebrooks (195), Eugene Thomas (220) and Nicolas DeMarzo (285).
Brunswick and Glynn Academy will be at Region 2-6A on Friday. Both Wayne and Charlton’s duals competitions are set for Saturday, with Wayne in Region 2-5A and Charlton at Area 1-1A (hosted by Irwin County).
Match-by-match results for both duals can be found here.
BLACKSHEAR — After a competitive fight Saturday for a second-place finish at the Packer Classic, and with region duals looming this weekend, Ware rested several starters in Tuesday night’s away dual at Pierce.
The outcome was largely the same, however, as a mixture of Gator starters and replacements rolled to a 57-24 victory over the Bears.
Ware got falls from Anthony Phillips (106), Grayson Smith (120), Jeremy Butler (138), Kobie Turner (160), Jesus Hernandez (195), Zay Taylor (220) and Izzy Smalls (285), plus a 7-6 win from Ethan Frye at 113.
Pierce’s points came by falls at 126, 132, 145 and 152. Names for Pierce wrestlers were not immediately available.
Ware will be in action Saturday for Region 2-5A competition, hosted by South Effingham. Pierce County will be at Area 1-3A.
Wayne sweeps Bacon double: At Bacon County HS in Alma, Wayne took down two opponents, with wins over the hosts (66-12 and McIntosh County Academy (48-24).
The Yellow Jackets got falls from Elijah Adams (132), Jahquan Felix (138), Joseph Miller (145), Brenden Wild (182) and Justin Goober (220) in the Bacon dual, while Felix and David Mansfield (wrestling at 220) won by fall over McIntosh County Academy.
The Buccaneers had pins from Chance Porch (120), William Daughtry (160), Tyler Crosby (170) and Nicolas Sumner (182). Bacon’s lone victor in a contested match was CJ Preston at 160.
Wayne will also be at South Effingham for Region 2-5A competition on Saturday, while Bacon will compete in Area 1-2A duals competition and McIntosh will be in Area 1-1A dual tournament action at Irwin County on Saturday.
Bainbridge 54, Crisp 23: At Bainbridge, the hosts took care of business, thanks in no small part to five forfeits, but did outpoint Crisp in contested matches as well.
Chris Rainey (170), Randy Fillingame (182), Michael Jackson (132) and Kendall Glover (145) each had pins for the Bearcats.
Bainbridge is next up in Region 1-5A competition this Friday.
Reminder to readers: This website is nearly 100% dependent upon coach support. We will write about what we receive, but we cannot write what we do not receive from your coaches. Each coach for whom I have an email address gets at least weekly emails from me, if not more frequently. We had six competitions scheduled for Tuesday night; we received one and just in the last couple of minutes got an email notification about another, which will be added to our duals page and to this story later today upon receipt.
Match-by-match results from Tuesday’s duals, as they are reported, can be found here.