Gilmer Granby Camp Draws 145

Bobcat Wrestling Club, Sports

The Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club hosted a Granby Wrestling Camp at Gilmer Middle School Monday-Wednesday.

An estimated 145 grapplers from numerous counties around the state (including 55 from Gilmer) turned out for instruction from Gilmer wrestlers and coaches alike, on the basic techniques to the sport.

Pictured are the coaches and grapplers that participated in the 2016 Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club Grumby Camp this week at Gilmer Middle School. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Pictured are the coaches and grapplers that participated in the 2016 Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club Grumby Camp this week at Gilmer Middle School. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

 

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Parker Becomes Second Gilmer Grappler to Sign with Reinhardt

GHS Wrestling, Sports

The first time Reinhardt University assembles a wrestling team, it will have two Gilmer High School Bobcats in its midst.

After Keegan Sharpe signed two weeks ago, Jake Parker signed on the dotted line to throw on an Eagles singlet yesterday.

“It’s really exciting, going into a first-year program,” Parker said. “Someone came in and gave the money to the university and said, ‘Start a wrestling program.’ So they went out and got a Division I coach, Jeff Bedard. He’s an all-around great guy and demands the best from his athletes.”

Parker also played football and baseball for the Bobcats, leaving the diamond his sophomore year but sticking with football as an tight end, fullback and noseguard for GHS through his senior campaign. He started wrestling in eighth grade, under the guidance of Clear Creek Middle School coach Walt Monroe. He picked wrestling as his post-high school pursuit, for a unique reason.

“I played tight end (and I’m) about three inches too short and 3/10 of a second too slow,” Parker chuckled. “Coach Monroe and Coach (Doug) Haynes really helped me prosper over the years. They did a Freestyle and Greco-Roman camp during the summer, which really helped me.”

Brewton-Parker and New Mexico Highlands also offered Parker wrestling scholarships, but he stuck with Reinhardt because of his excitement for the upstart program they are offering.

“The things I’ll be able to do there mean a lot, plus I’ll be close to my family,” Parker admitted.

A long list of people are on Parker’s mind, in regards to those that helped him reach the pinnacle of signing a college wrestling scholarship.

“Matthew Waddell and Levi Seabolt, for beating me to death in practice. It definitely made me better over the years.” Parker laughed. “Of course, my family. John Croft, my grandfather. My mother, Christy Croft. My aunt and uncle, Brenda and Dwight Newton. My coaches, the Sniders (Josh and Sam), Coach (Casey)Wingard, Coach (Greg) Wingo, Coach Monroe and Coach Haynes, for all they’ve done for me.”

 

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Bobcat Wrestling Dominates Freestyle, Greco Competition at Milton

Bobcat Wrestling Club, Sports

A wrestling season never truly ends.

The Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club proved this statement to be true, as it took part in the Milton Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournament last Saturday.

In the freestyle competition, Abel Jacinto (Novice/Schoolboy, 160-165-pound weight class), Samuel Tercero (Novice/Schoolboy 190-210) and Matthew Waddell (Cadet/Junior 182) captured first place in their respective brackets. Julio Tercero (Novice/Schoolboy, 190-210) and Caleb Waddell (Cadet, 126) finished second, while Diego Jacinto (Novice, 112), Lucas Lopez (Schoolboy, 120) and Miguel Loarca (Schoolboy 105) placed third. Michael Owens (Cadet, 145) rounded out the Bobcat placers in Freestyle by finishing fourth.

Dylan Galloway (Novice, 140), Abel Jacinto, Samuel Tercero and Matthew Waddell garnered first place in the Greco-Roman competition. Bryer Disher (Novice, 140), Julio Tercero and Loarca placed second, while Diego Jacinto and Brock Sumner (Schoolboy, 128) took third place. Lopez clinched fourth place to finish out the Gilmer Greco-Roman placers.

“This was our first Freestyle and Greco tournament of the year,” said Bobcat Wrestling Club coach Walt Monroe. “We wrestled well for our first tournament. We have several wrestlers participating for the first time in these styles and it takes some adjustments from the scholastic season. There are many similarities to freestyle and folkstyle, but there are also significant differences that affect scoring. It is a learning process but ultimately these wrestlers improve immensely by participating.”

 

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Davis, Patterson, Perez, Sharpe Sign College Scholarships

GHS Softball, GHS Wrestling, Sports

Four more Gilmer High School athletes signed college scholarships yesterday morning, as Chancey Davis, Lucas Patterson, Alberto Perez and Keegan Sharpe put their respective names on the dotted line during a ceremony in the GHS Theatre.

Davis

Chancey Davis is seated with (left to right): father Mitchell Davis, stepmother Lori Davis, mother Angela Sutton and stepfather Lee Sutton. Standing behind Chancey are West Georgia Technical College Golden Lady Knights coach Monica Mills and Gilmer High School Lady Cats softball head coach Kim Charles. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Chancey Davis is seated with (left to right): father Mitchell Davis, stepmother Lori Davis, mother Angela Sutton and stepfather Lee Sutton. Standing behind Chancey are West Georgia Technical College Golden Lady Knights coach Monica Mills and Gilmer High School Lady Cats softball head coach Kim Charles. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The West Georgia Technical College Lady Golden Knights, located in Carrollton and a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, will be receiving Chancey Davis on their softball team.

“This is one of the things I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Davis said. “When I was a freshman, I never thought I’d be signing somewhere. It’s very surreal, but exciting.”

In addition to being a softball player for 11 years, Davis has also dabbled in tennis, soccer and basketball. She has received numerous accolades during her tenure as a GHS Lady Cat. She was named the 2013 Miss GHS Tennis, the 2014 Most Versatile Award for GHS tennis, a 2015 Region 7-AAAA Honorable Mention for softball and received the 2015 Lady Cat award for softball.

Asbury University and Georgia Highlands College also attempted to recruit Davis, but the decision to sign with the Lady Knights came after a major shift in direction for a school that had already offered Davis a scholarship.

“I was committed to the University of Pikeville, but their coach left and after she notified me, nobody from the college would really tell me if my offer stood,” Davis explained. “I decided that it must be a sign that I shouldn’t go there. I talked to Coach (Monica) Mills a few days after that and she gave me an opportunity to come to a camp. She liked my skills and gave me an offer.”

Davis also listed a lot of people that helped her reach the pinnacle of signing a college scholarship.

“There’s a lot of people,” Davis admitted. “My high school coaches, Kim and Al Charles, Amy Nunn and Scott Kiser. My travel coach, Evan Johnson and my hitting coach, Katravo Dew. My strength and conditioning coaches, Mark Woodring and Nate Wingard. My friends, my teachers, my teammates and Coach Mills for giving me the opportunity. I also want to thank my family, for always supporting me.”

Patterson

Lucas Patterson is seated with (left to right): Clear Creek Middle School wrestling head coach Walt Monroe, stepfather Ronald Ledford, mother Heather Patterson and grandmother Ruby Ledford. Standing are Gilmer High School coach Casey Wingard, Gilmer High School coach Josh Snider, Life University coach Ron Gorman and Gilmer High School coach Sam Snider. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Lucas Patterson is seated with (left to right): Clear Creek Middle School wrestling head coach Walt Monroe, stepfather Ronald Ledford, mother Heather Patterson and grandmother Ruby Ledford. Standing are Gilmer High School coach Casey Wingard, Gilmer High School coach Josh Snider, Life University coach Ron Gorman and Gilmer High School coach Sam Snider. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Life University, a private National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I school in Marietta, will welcome Lucas Patterson to the Running Eagles wrestling team.

“It’s a happy day, but it’s a sad day at the same time,” Patterson admitted. “I’m excited about wrestling for the team.”

Patterson started his grappling at Clear Creek Middle School in seventh grade. During his career at GHS, Patterson captured the 132-pound state championship twice in Region 7-AAAA and received the Drill Partner, Team Captain and MVP awards as a part of the Bobcat wrestling regime.

It was during a national tournament qualifier his sophomore year that Patterson met Life University officials, who expressed interest and retained it for the next two years. Patterson also wanted to thank those that helped get him garner a college scholarship.

“I’d like to thank Coaches Walt Monroe and Bo Dorsey, for getting me into wrestling,” Patterson said. “The Snider coaches, for helping push me throughout high school to do my best. (Ron) Gorman, for looking at me this whole time and helping me out.

Perez

Alberto Perez is seated with (left to right) Gilmer High School coach Casey Wingard, Clear Creek Middle School coach Walt Monroe, mother Juana Bautista and Gilmer High School coach Sam Snider. Standing are Gilmer High School coaches Greg Wingo and Josh Snider. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Alberto Perez is seated with (left to right) Gilmer High School coach Casey Wingard, Clear Creek Middle School coach Walt Monroe, mother Juana Bautista and Gilmer High School coach Sam Snider. Standing are Gilmer High School coaches Greg Wingo and Josh Snider. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Alberto Perez will head to Franklin Springs to wrestle for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Emmanuel College Lions.

“I feel very excited and accomplished,” Perez boasted. “It’s a very good day for me.”

Aside from wrestling, Perez has also played soccer and football. At 120 pounds, Perez is also a two-time state wrestling champion for GHS. He also received the Takedown Award from the Bobcats.

Perez received several offers from NAIA schools, but he went with Emmanuel College because of its promixity to Ellijay.

“Emmanuel was the best fit for me,” Perez explained. “They have a really good wrestling program. They won the (Division II) National Championship during this, their first year of having a team. So, I wanted to wrestle for the best.”

Perez also expressed appreciation to the select group that helped him obtain the scholarship.

“I’d like to thank my parents and my coaches, for helping me get there, plus my drilling partners and teammates,” Perez concluded.

Sharpe

Keegan Sharpe is seated with (left to right): stepfather Joe Weaver, mother Pamela Weaver, father Scott Sharpe and Scott's fiance Aletha Merwin. Standing in back are grandmother , girlfriend Kylie Duggan, stepsister Harley Weaver, stepbrother Kell Weaver and sister Chloe Sharpe. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Keegan Sharpe is seated with (left to right): stepfather Joe Weaver, mother Pamela Weaver, father Scott Sharpe and Scott’s fiance Aletha Merwin. Standing in back are grandmother Millie Davis, girlfriend Kylie Duggan, stepsister Harley Weaver, stepbrother Kell Weaver and sister Chloe Sharpe. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The first year that the Waleska-based Reinhardt University Eagles compiles a wrestling team, GHS will contribute Keegan Sharpe to the program.

“I’m very excited,” Sharpe said. “I look at a few colleges and I thought Reinhardt was the best. It’s close to Ellijay, plus I can drive back to go to church with my family. I felt like, with them making a new wrestling team, it was the perfect opportunity to join them and pursue wrestling like I have for the past seven years.”

In addition to wrestling, Sharpe has received a black belt in karate from Ben Kiker at United Karate Studios in Ellijay. The two overlapped once he started wrestling in sixth grade and after receiving the black belt, Sharpe focused his energy on wrestling. The dedication paid off, as Sharpe has been a two-time state placer at 145 pounds for Gilmer and received the Drill Partner, I Do What I Can (IDWIC) and Team Captain awards from the Bobcats.

Sharpe also listed people in his life that helped him reach the point of receiving a college scholarship.

“I’d like to thank all my coaches, Coach Monroe, Randy Haynes, Kyle Barr, Dorsey, Wingard, Wingo and the Snider’s,” Sharpe said. “My personal trainer, Mark Woodring, who helped prepare me for my 11th and 12th-grade year. I’d like to thank my girlfriend (Kylie Duggan), because she keeps me straight. She encouraged me to go to college and encourages me to do good things. I’d also like to thank my parents, because they’ve made me the person I am.”

 

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Gilmer Bobcats Celebrate Banner Year

GHS Wrestling, Sports

The Gilmer High School Bobcats wrestling squad officially ended its season last night, with an awards banquet at First Baptist Church in Ellijay.

GHS captured its 15th state duals championship during the 2015-16 season and of the six Bobcats that placed at the state traditional tournament, four clinched the crown of state champion in Gilmer’s eventual state championship crown.

After a catered meal from Bigun’s Barbeque, every Gilmer grappler received participation awards. Coaches Sam Snider, Josh Snider, Greg Wingo and Casey Wingard each summarized the accomplishments of the season as the banquet progressed. Following the individual awards, a highlight reel concluded the ceremony.

The Gilmer High School Bobcats wrestling team held its season-ending awards banquet last night, at First Baptist Church in Ellijay. Pictured in this photo are the award winners from the banquet. Front row, left to right, are: Jake Parker, Coaches Award; Alberto Perez, Most Takedowns and State Champion Awards; Lucas Patterson, Captain’s, Co-Best Drilling Partner, MVP and State Champion Awards; Keegan Sharpe, Captain’s, Co-Best Drilling Partner, State Placement and Noah Harris Awards. Back row, left to right, are: Ethan Teague, Most Improved and State Placement Awards; Matthew Waddell, Captain’s and State Champion Awards; Levi Seabolt, Captain’s and State Champion Awards. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The Gilmer High School Bobcats wrestling team held its season-ending awards banquet last night, at First Baptist Church in Ellijay. Pictured in this photo are the award winners from the banquet. Front row, left to right, are: Jake Parker, Coaches Award; Alberto Perez, Most Takedowns and State Champion Awards; Lucas Patterson, Captain’s, Co-Best Drilling Partner, MVP and State Champion Awards; Keegan Sharpe, Captain’s, Co-Best Drilling Partner, State Placement and Noah Harris Awards. Back row, left to right, are: Ethan Teague, Most Improved and State Placement Awards; Matthew Waddell, Captain’s and State Champion Awards; Levi Seabolt, Captain’s and State Champion Awards. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

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Goodwin, Cash, Sullens Capture State Championships

Sports, USA Wrestling

Fifty-five qualified grapplers from around North Georgia traveled to Perry last Saturday for the 2016 Georgia Little/Big Kid’s State Tournament.

Upon the conclusion of the tournament at Reaves Arena, 14 North Georgia wrestlers took home either a state title or state placement bragging rights.

Of the 28 Gilmer Bobcats that made the journey to Perry, seven left with state recognition.

Pictured are members of the Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club, following the 2016 Georgia Little/Big Kid's State Tournament last Saturday at Perry. Pictured are (front row, left to right): Arturo Gonzalez, Nolyn Weaver, Kellen Watts. Back row (left to right): Dylan Galloway, JB Sanford, Jacob Cruz, Vincent Zilke. Not pictured: Adan Cook, 12U 205 fourth place finisher. (Photo courtesy of Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club

Pictured are members of the Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club, following the 2016 Georgia Little/Big Kid’s State Tournament last Saturday at Perry. Pictured are (front row, left to right): Arturo Gonzalez, Nolyn Weaver, Kellen Watts. Back row (left to right): Dylan Galloway, JB Sanford, Jacob Cruz, 12U 160 second-place finisher, Vincent Zilke. Not pictured: Adan Cook, 12U 205 fourth place finisher. (Photo courtesy of Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club)

In the 6U division, Isaiah Goodwin (65 pounds) captured a state championship, while Bryson Shore (37) placed second. The 8U bracket saw Hayden Berry (68) take third.

Jacob Cruz (160) finished second in the 12U bracket, while Samuel Tercero (205) placed third and fellow 205-pounder Adan Cook took fourth. Finally, the 14U division featured Caleb Waddell (120) taking third place.

The 12U Bobcats won the age bracket outright, with 53 team points and placed 10th overall at state, with a combined 159.5 team points.

“We definitely had some up and down moments in this tournament, from tough losses to some quality wins,” said Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club coach Walt Monroe. “Yet, our boys wrestled so well, overall. This tournament is so tough, in the full 16-man brackets. There are no classifications that divide the competitors. The coaching staff emphasized all week how each win meant points for our team and to fight hard in each match. It seems our wrestlers took that to heart, as many came away with wins, even if they didn’t place. We are so proud of the team effort. This was one of our best finishes as an entire program and we are very thankful and proud for each of these young wrestlers.”

Four out of the 12 Lumpkin County Wrestling Club grapplers at state garnered state recognition. 10U Cayden Cash (120) and 12U Devin Sullens (180) captured state championships. 12U Brent Canupp (140) and 12U Bradley Newton (140) placed, with third and fourth-place respective finishes in their brackets.

Culled from the six White County Takedown wrestlers that placed at state are 6U Jack Procter (43) and 8U Jacobi Cobbs (42), with respective third and fourth-place finishes in their brackets, as well.

Eight members of the Dragons Junior Wrestling Club also ventured to Perry, with 8U Philip Jax (60) being the lone state placer, by taking second place in his age group.

 

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Bobcats, Indians, Dragons, Warriors, Rebels All Set for State

Sports, USA Wrestling

Following one of the five state qualifiers, which were held last Saturday at Gilmer High School, 55 grapplers from Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, White and Fannin counties are ready for the 2015-16 Georgia Little/Big Kid’s State Tournament.

The Gilmer Bobcat Wrestling Club will be taking 28 participants to state. In the 6U bracket will be Bryson Shore (37 pounds) and Isaiah Goodwin (65). 8U Bobcats will be Hayden Berry (68) and Cooper Cochran (79). The 10U Gilmer contingent will be Carson Farist (61), Nolyn Weaver (70) and Angelo Spadaro (91).

14U Bobcat Caleb Waddell prepares to slam his opponent to the mat last Saturday, during one of five 2015-16 Georgia Little/Big Kid's State Qualifiers, which was held at Gilmer High School. Waddell will join 27 other Bobcats at the state tournament Saturday in Perry. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

14U Bobcat Caleb Waddell prepares to slam his opponent to the mat last Saturday, during one of five 2015-16 Georgia Little/Big Kid’s State Qualifiers, which was held at Gilmer High School. Waddell will join 27 other Bobcats at the state tournament Saturday in Perry. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

In the 12U bracket, Arturo Gonzalez (69), Kellen Watts (77), Gabe Reimer (90), Joseph Sanford (112), Dylan Galloway (140), Vincent Zilke (150), Jacob Cruz (160), Dawson Stephens (160), Owen Moss (180), Adan Cook (205) and Samuel Tercero (205) will be making the trip to state. The 14U Bobcats that will be at state are Tristian Kendall (90), Logan Bentley (95), David Reynoso (105), Lucas Lopez (110), Caleb Waddell (120), Jose Velasquez (125), Michael Owens (135), Abel Jacinto (160), Logan Hawthorne (170) and Luke Morgan (190).

The Lumpkin County Wrestling Club is taking 12 Indians to the state tournament. In the 6U bracket will be Caleb Yorkey (55) and Nate Grizzle (60). Jack Irwin (81), Zack Dooley (112), Brent Canupp (140), Bradley Newton (140) and Kobe Canupp (160) will be the 12U Lumpkin wrestlers, while Camden Cash (80), Avery Mills (130), Nolan Wheeler (130), Samuel Irwin (135) and Aaron Hopkins (170) will be the Indians in the 14U bracket.

The Dragons Junior Wrestling Club will take 8U grapplers Philip Jax (60), Raymond Mullins (73)  and Brandon Stone (79) to state. Cason Cannon (76), Dominic Fiorenza (76), Cruz Marinelli (84) will represent Pickens in the 10U bracket, while Nathaniel Grace (115) and Dalton Brunner (160) will navigate through the 14U bracket.

The White County Takedown Club qualified six Warriors for state. Caden Mathis and Jack Procter (both at 43 pounds) will be in the 6U bracket. Jacobi Cobbs (42) qualified in the 8U bracket, while Davin Lightsey (61) heads to state in the 10U bracket. Hunter Adams (130) will be the 12U Warrior at state, while Sean Wurtz (120) rounded out the White County qualifiers by making it to state in the 14U bracket.

The lone Fannin Rebel that will be at state is 12U Nathan Anderson (90).

The 2015-16 Georgia Little/Big Kid’s State Tournament will conclude the USA Wrestling season and will be held at the Reaves Arena in Perry.

 

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Bobcats, Dragons Crown State Wrestling Champions

GHS Wrestling, Sports

Another year, another state championship.

The Gilmer High School Bobcats laid claim to another state traditional championship last weekend, after grinding through the three-day 2016 Georgia High School Association tournament at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth.

GHS won the 4A state crown by accumulating 152.5 team points to topple the 46-team field, finishing nine and a half points ahead of the North Hall Trojans.

Winning individual state titles for the Bobcats were Alberto Perez (120 pounds), Lucas Patterson (132), Matthew Waddell (182) and Levi Seabolt (285).

Perez downed Evan Stokes of West Laurens by technical fall, 19-4, in the first round, bested Josh Ravenel of Monroe Area by major decision, 14-3 in the quarterfinals, toppled Augie Rodriguez of Locust Grove by major decision, 17-8, in the semifinals and defeated Cody Bond of Madison County in the championship finals, 5-4.

Patterson pinned Josh Swope of Walnut Grove in the first round, then pinned Tucker Witmer of Woodward in the quarterfinals and Bimysola Attobra of Lithonia in the semifinals. His only decision came in the championship finals, where he bested Jacob Mariakis of Ridgeland 3-2.

Waddell pinned Will Foster of Hampton, Matthew Cromer of Cairo and Tyler Mobley of Locust Grove to advance to the finals. In the championship bout, he emerged with a 6-4 overtime victory over Isaiah Hale of North Hall.

Bobcat Levi Seabolt is close to pinning his opponent at the Georgia High School Association AAAA Sectionals at Gilmer High School Feb. 6. Seabolt won the 285-pound state title last Saturday at the 2016 GHSA State Traditional Tournament in Duluth. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Bobcat Levi Seabolt is close to pinning his opponent at the Georgia High School Association AAAA Sectionals at Gilmer High School Feb. 6. Seabolt won the 285-pound state title last Saturday at the 2016 GHSA State Traditional Tournament in Duluth. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Seabolt pinned his first two opponents, Brandon Dixon of New Hampstead and Tanner Nance of Heritage-Catoosa. His final two victories came by virtue of a major decision, 9-1, over Joseph Horne of West Laurens and a 4-1 championship victory over Hudson Newton of Troup.

Keegan Sharpe (145) placed third in the state in his weight class, while Ethan Teague (138) took fifth place. Also competing for Gilmer at the tournament was Dan Puac (106), Trevor Preece (126), Grant Ledford (152), Jordan Caviness (160), Jake Parker (170) and Ryan Crump (195).

Dragons, Rebels leave mark on state

The Pickens Dragons finished 19th in the state, with 31 team points, but crowned a state champion in the process.

Dragons grappler Koby Milner controls his opponent at the Georgia High School Association AAAA Sectionals Feb. 6 at Gilmer High School. Milner won the 106-pound state championship last Saturday at the 2016 GHSA State Traditional Tournament in Duluth. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Dragons grappler Koby Milner controls his opponent at the Georgia High School Association AAAA Sectionals Feb. 6 at Gilmer High School. Milner won the 106-pound state championship last Saturday at the 2016 GHSA State Traditional Tournament in Duluth. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Koby Milner (106) won his second state championship for Pickens. To win the title, he pinned Tarique Gilmore of Lithonia, Jared Herrera of West Laurens and Ricardo Romero of Locust Grove. The championship finals saw Milner win the state crown with a 6-4 overtime victory over Logan Ashton of Buford.

Joseph Ferguson (152), Kelton Gilbert (170) and Joe Massey (195) also competed for the Dragons.

 

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