Gilmer wrestling sees 10 boys, five girls guarantee state spots

GHS Wrestling, Team FYN Sports

Ten members of the Gilmer boys wrestling team are earned spots as guaranteed qualifiers for the state tournament at the Class 4A A Sectional Tournament on Feb. 7-8 at Lanier High in Sugar Hill.

The Bobcats had two wrestlers take the top overall spot in the tournament.

At 132 pounds, Brock Sumner placed first after winning four matches by decision. In the first round, Sumner won 12-9; in the quarterfinals, Sumner won 4-1; in the semifinals, Sumner won 6-2; and he rounded out the tournament by winning the final match by a 2-0 decision.

Caleb Waddell, defending 170-pound state champion, took first place in the same weight class. Waddell won matches by pin, including winning the quarterfinal match in 32 seconds and the final match by 1 minute, 3 seconds.

Three wrestlers placed second for the Bobcats.

At 120 pounds, Lucas Lopez won his quarterfinal match by pin at 2:49 after a first-round bye. He then won his semifinal match before falling in the finals.

Diego Jacinto, at 138 pounds, placed second after winning his quarterfinal match by a 3-2 decision and the semifinal match by pin at 4:53.

In the heavyweight division, Jacob Cruz placed second at 285 pounds. Cruz, who had a first-round bye, won his quarterfinal match by pin at 1:13 and his semifinal match by pin at 5:27.

Five members of the Gilmer wrestling squad placed third at the sectional tournament to earn a spot in the state tournament.

Gustavo Morales, in the 106-pound bracket, won his first match by pin at 1:12 before falling in his second. In the consolation bracket, Morales won four straight matches, including a win by a 9-3 decision, a win by pin at 2:13, and a win by pin in 14 seconds to place third.

At 113 pounds, Walter Lopez won his first three matches, the first by a 5-2 decision, the second by pin at 1:06, and the third by pin at 4:47, before falling in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Lopez won by pin at 31 seconds and pin at 3:25 to place third.

Abel Jacinto, at 160 pounds, also placed third. He won his first two matches by pin at 3:12 and a 5-1 decision before losing. In the consolation bracket, he won by a 3-1 decision and a 6-3 decision to take third.

Dylan Galloway, at 195 pounds, won his first two matches by pin before falling and heading to the consolation bracket. There, he won by pin at 1:45 and pin at 3:25 to place third.

Finally, Samuel Tercero, at 220 pounds, also placed third. After a first-round bye, Tercero won his quarterfinal match by pin at 3:18 before falling in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Tercero won by a 6-2 decision before winning the third-place match.

For the Gilmer girls wrestling squad, three members placed first, two placed second, three placed third, one placed fourth, and one placed fifth at the sectional tournament.

In the 112-A bracket, Laura Tercero took home first place, while in the 162-pound bracket, Francisca Lopez also placed first. At 152 pounds, Karina Montaya-Gonzale placed first.

Hannah Mayo, at 142 pounds, placed second in the tournament, as did Maribel Perez-Lopez at 197 pounds.

At 132 pounds, Anna Waddell placed third, while Noemi Torres did the same at 152 pounds and Claudia Zilke followed suite at 172 pounds.

In the 122-A bracket, Ange Davis came in fourth, while Valley Wofford placed fifth in the 102-pound bracket.

The top-two finishers at each girls weight class punched a ticket to the state wrestling tournament, meaning Laura Tercero, Mayo, Montaya-Gonzale, Francisca Lopez, and Perez-Lopez will be wrestling for state titles.

The state wrestling tournament is set for Feb. 13-15 at the Macon Centreplex in Macon.

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