Those finishes resulted in berths to the state championships, which will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Macon Centreplex.
Marietta and Wheeler each advances six to state. The Blue Devils are sending Brad King, Shomari Holmes, Jonathan Gates, Lawton Ward, Isaiah Borne and Brandon Hill, while the Wildcats will be represented by Aslan Kilic, Bryce Murray, Wysmark Chaves, Aaron McGilvery, JaQuan Adams and K.C. Shaw.
Ward won at 152 pounds for Marietta, edging Cherokee’s Brady Sandercock by a 10-9 decision.
Ward had a 9-3 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the second period before Sandercock mounted a comeback. He tied the score at 9-all off a 2-point takedown with 1:30 remaining in the match, but Ward earned an escape point 15 seconds later and held on for the victory.
Holmes (138), Gates (160) and Hill (220) all finished seventh, King (126) was sixth and Borne (195) fifth.
Although Wheeler didn’t produce a sectional champion, it did see McGilvery finish second after a 5-2 loss to Kennesaw Mountain’s Augusto Paes at 138.
McGilvery picked up an escape point early in the second period to knot the match at 2-all. But Paes grabbed a takedown with 34 seconds on the clock and extended the margin to three with an escape 30 seconds into the third period, resulting in the final margin.
Kilic (106), Chaves (132) and Adams (152) all placed fifth. Shaw (285) was seventh and Murray (120) placed eighth for the Wildcats.
“When you send six of your nine (sectional) wrestlers to state, you have to be super-excited,” Wheeler coach Matt Brickley said. “Two of those guys, Aslan and Bryce, are underclassmen, so that says a lot about their talent.
“Wrestling is a long season, and the postseason is the time when you put it all together, and our guys are doing what they’ve practiced all year long. I’m excited about our numbers.”
Hillgrove advanced five into the state championship, while Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and McEachern each have four. Campbell, Lassiter and Walton have three apiece, South Cobb two and North Cobb one.
Moving on from Campbell were fourth-place Jamez Taylor (132), third-place Jeremie Tuzizili (145) and fourth-place Charles Robinson (160).
Aaron Powell (106) was sixth for Harrison, while Patrick Mannella (160) and Dylan Porter (195) were both third. Anthony Fiacco won at 152 with a 6-4 decision over Mountain View’s Sterling Pyles.
Fiacco clung to a 4-3 lead halfway through the second period and scored a takedown with 21 seconds left to take a three-point lead. Pyles earned a stalling point with 2 seconds left in the match, resulting in the final.
Hillgrove saw Carlin Powell (113) and Peyton Hewitt (220) take second.
Powell battled Collins Hill’s Sean Russell, who is ranked sixth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, to a 14-7 loss.
Hewitt had a 4-3 setback in the second overtime against North Gwinnett’s Jalen Brooks.
Hewitt and Brooks wrestled to a 2-all tie through the first overtime before Brooks scored a 2-point reversal with 9 seconds remaining in the first of two 30-second extra periods. Hewitt could only muster an escape with 15 seconds left in the second 30-second session, leading to the 4-3 margin.
Cameron Westerman (120) was third, while Garrett Johnson (152) placed fourth and Zach Williams (195) seventh.
“We were hoping to send seven to the finals, but we got five,” Hillgrove coach Luke McSorley said. “We wrestled well (Friday) night, but had some tough draws (Saturday). I’m proud of all of them. Westerman had a great tournament, and Carlin caught a really tough wrestler in the final, so things worked out as best they could.”
Kennesaw Mountain saw Paes and Justan Rivera (182) win their weight classes. Rivera dominated North Gwinnett’s Timi Akkiniranye for a 16-1 technical fall.
Wil Clavecilla (106) was seventh and Rene Gutierrez (170) placed third.
Paul Pelletier led the Lassiter contingent with a fifth-place showing at 120 pounds, while. A.J. Pelletier (126) and Ryan Shields (145) both finished eighth.
McEachern’s Uche Nkadi (220) and Sharrod Pittman (285) both placed fifth, Christian Wade (195) was fourth and Zach Murphy (132) seventh.
North Cobb’s Brett Crowder finished seventh at 145 pounds, while South Cobb’s Demetrik McClaine (152) and Graben Higgins (220) were seventh and fourth, respectively.
Walton’s Jacob Murphy won at 132 pounds, beating Collins Hill’s Griffin Riley 3-0. After a scoreless tie through two periods, Murphy pulled away in the third with an escape with almost a minute left and a takedown with 35 seconds on the clock.
Eric Smith (195) placed sixth for the Raiders and Luke Hendon (182) was eighth.