County wrestlers one step from trip to Macon
by Carlton D. White
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One hundred and twenty-two county wrestlers will take part in the Georgia High School Association State Traditional Wrestling Sectional tournaments, which begin today and conclude Saturday at various high schools in Georgia in all six classifications.

Kennesaw Mountain will host the Class AAAAAA “West” sectional that will include 77 wrestlers from areas 4AAAAAA and 5AAAAAA. Allatoona will entertain its eight student-athletes from Area 5AAAAA for the Class AAAAA “West” sectional, while Loganville will play host to Area 7AAAAA and its 27 wrestlers.

Whitefield Academy, Walker, North Cobb Christian and Mount Paran Christian combined to send 10 student-athletes to Darlington for the Class A “West” sectional which includes Area 3A.

The Class AAAAAA sectional includes qualifiers from Areas 3, 4, 5 and 7, while the Class AAAAA bracket will feature wrestlers from areas 1, 4, 5 and 6 on the “West” and 2, 3, 7 and 8 on the “East”. The Class A bracket offers wrestlers from areas 2 and 3.

First round action at Kennesaw Mountain and Allatoona begins at 4 p.m. with Saturday’s rounds starting at 8 a.m. Loganville’s sectional starts today at 5 p.m. and continues Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Class A schedule at Darlington starts Saturday with quarterfinal rounds at 9 a.m.

County wrestlers qualified for sectionals by virtue of their top four finishes at their respective area championships.

The Class AAAAAA and AAAAA sectionals involve 16-person brackets with the top eight finishers in their respective weight classes earning a shot at a state title Feb. 14-16 in Macon.

Class A wrestlers must navigate an eight-man bracket and finish in the top four to reach the state finals.

Pope, winners of six straight area traditional titles, qualified 13 wrestlers to Loganville, which is the most of any local school. Among the entrants are area champions Josh Tazzetta (106 pounds), Preston Markwell (120), Tyler Haskin (126), T.J. Collins (132), Jake Henson (152), Billy Meek (160), Brooks Climmons (182), Trevor Stevens (195) and Joey Tabachino (220).

Kell will bring six wrestlers, including area champion Kerry Louis (145). Other Class AAAAA teams going to Loganville include Sprayberry, which qualified six, and Osborne, which is sending two.

In Class AAAAAA, Marietta and Hillgrove tied for the most number of local wrestlers headed to Kennesaw Mountain with 10 each.

The Area 4AAAAAA champion Hawks include winners Carlin Powell (113) and Cameron Westerman (120), while the runner-up Blue Devils will send Brad King (126), Lawton Ward (170) and Brandon Hill (220).

“We’re excited,” Marietta coach Tommy Carthers said. “We hope we can get all 10 guys out of there and into finals. They’ve worked hard this week. We focused on conditioning and didn’t let practices get too long just to keep the guys healthy. We’ll see what happens next.”

Area champion Sharrod Pittman (285) leads McEachern’s group of nine, and champions Justan Rivera (182), Wil Clavecilla (106) and Augusto Paes (138) head the list of nine from the host Mustangs.

Campbell also had three champions in Jamez Taylor (132), Jeremie Tuzizila (145) and Charles Robinson (160) among its nine qualifiers, while Harrison’s six-person contingent includes title holders Anthony Fiacco (152) and Dylan Porter (195).

Wheeler and Walton each crowned one area champion in Aaron McGilvery (138) and Jacob Murphy (132), respectively. The Wildcats qualified nine wrestlers, while the Raiders advanced five.

Rounding out the local Class AAAAAA teams with qualifiers are Lassiter (7), North Cobb (1) and South Cobb (2).

Eight Allatoona wrestlers will compete on their home mats in Class AAAAA, including champions Logan Southard (126) and Cody Webb (182).

Walker qualified four wrestlers to Darlington, including 138 pound champion Jason Schubert. Mount Paran Christian made history advancing four wrestlers — all seniors — to sectional in its second varsity season. The list includes Cole Spain (160), Matt McKinze (170), Scotty Valianni (285) and Keith Johnson (182).

North Cobb Christian and Whitfield Academy are each sending one wrestler in Josh Schibi and Chase Butler, respectively, at 120 and 113 pounds. Both wrestlers made the state sectional a year ago.

Area champions earn No. 1 seeds in their respective weight classes.
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