This past weekend saw local teams begin participation in two Georgia High School Association (GHSA) events looking to bring home state individual and team championships.
The Traditional Wrestling State Championships were held at the Macon Centreplex from Feb. 13 through 16.
Blessed Trinity placed third in the Class AAAA team competition which was won by Woodward Academy. Titans’ wrestler Vincent Baker won the 182-pound individual title with a technical fall win over Sam Conerly of Central Carroll in the final, finishing his season with a perfect 41-0 record. Jackson Filipowicz (220) and Gunner Filipowicz (132) each placed second in their respective divisions. Patrick Riordan (126) and Alex Poma (160) were both fourth in their divisions while Kevin Daniels placed fifth in the 120 division. Aaron Werkheiser (145), Nick Anderson (152), Luke Schreier (170) and Jack Jacobs (285) also participated at the state tournament for Blessed Trinity.
Denmark was also represented in the Class AAAA competition with Zach Recker (106), Ethan Culbreth (132) and Arthur Marsden (195) participating for the team.
The Class AAAAAA saw Cambridge’s Gavin Kane win his third-consecutive state championship, this time at 160, with a pin over Munro Kamdyn of Richmond Hill at the 3:13 mark of the match. Kane finished the season with a perfect record of 46-0. Other Bears’ wrestlers at the state tournament included Kyle Romano placing second at 132, Evan Kurtz sixth at 170 and Connor McHugh fifth at 182. Rounding out Cambridge grapplers at the event were Ben Werth (113), Barton Nicholas (138), Nick Owens (145) and Mike Hudson (195).
Centennial saw Josh Siegel earn second in the 138 division. Other Knights’ wrestlers that placed were Isaiah Thomas (152) in fifth and Leroy Macon (182) in sixth while Cole Underhill
participated at 170.
Chattahoochee had Daniel Gladwell earn third at 182 and Marcus Stephens place fourth at 170. Cougars’ wrestlers Conner Clark (106) and Levy Blake (220) also participated at the tournament.
Other local wrestlers in the Class AAAAAA competition was John Creek’s Major Scean at 138 and Alpharetta’s Shawn Jackson at 220.
The Class AAAAAAA competition saw Milton’s Ben Williams earn the 132 individual title with a 13-1 major decision victory over Ricky Roberto of Hillgrove in the championship match. Williams finished the season with a 51-2 record. Other Eagles’ wrestlers to participate in state were Stephen Solley (106), Bryce Samuels (145), Josh Golloher (152), Reid Golloher (170) and Hayes Bicknell (220).
Roswell had two wrestlers medal with David Cartier (132) placing third and Christian Cartier (126) earning fifth. Joe Shi (113) and Steven Copeland (145) also wrestled for the Hornets.
Wesleyan had two wrestlers place second in their respective divisions in the Class A competition in Harrison Dearth (145) and Tanner Bivins (285). Sam Schmitt was third at 152 for the Wolves while teammates Nathaniel Jackson (132), Donald Conley (170) and Eric Berry (195) also participated in the tournament.
Mount Pisgah Christian had one of its wrestlers reach the pinnacle as David Bertrand took home the 160 crown in the Class A Private competition with a 2-1 decision over Commerce’s Nick Patrick in the finals. He finished the season with a record of 67-5. Other Patriots’ grapplers to place were Josh Noble (106) in third, C.G. Bertrand (113) in fourth and Noah Swift (182) in fifth. Brad Spence (132) also participated in the tournament for Mount Pisgah.
St. Francis had Tony Beasley (285) and Andrew Whitesides (195) fifth and sixth respectively. Conner Squire (126) and Jakwan Everson (220) also wrestled for the Knights.
The GHSA Basketball State Tournament began on Feb. 15 with the second round beginning on Feb. 21. The Class A boys’ bracket saw Mount Pisgah earn a 71-65 home win over Prince Avenue led by a team-high 20 points from Quinn Richey and 16 from JoJo Peterson. The Patriots will visit Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) for its second-round contest. Wesleyan earned a 47-46 home win over Trinity Christian in the first round and will visit Christian Heritage in the second round. St. Francis, the top overall seed in the bracket, had a first-round bye and hosts Pinecrest Academy in the second round.
Blessed Trinity picked up a 78-50 win at Heritage in the first round of Class AAAA action. The Titans will visit Sandy Creek in the next round. Denmark was also victorious with a 70-46 home triumph over Ridgeland in the first postseason contest in program history. The Danes host Stephens County in the second round.
The Class AAAAAA first round saw Cambridge defeat Creekview 80-65. Chattahoochee won at Sprayberry 78-64 led by a team-high 24 points and 15 rebounds by Cameron Sheffield for a double-double and 18 points from Franklin Bailey. Grant VanBeveren also posted a double-double for Chattahoochee with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Bears will host Creekview while the Cougars travel to Tri-Cities in their respective second-round contests.
Roswell won at Lowndes 67-58 to start the postseason led by a team-high 20 points from Miles Herron and George Pridgett’s 19. The Hornets will host Marietta in the second round of the Class AAAAAAA tournament. Milton saw its season conclude with a 57-52 home loss against Archer in the first round. The Eagles finished the season with 20 wins.
The Class A Private girls’ bracket saw King’s Ridge season conclude with a 56-35 home defeat to Christian Heritage in the first round. The Tigers finished the season with 13 victories. St. Francis, the second-overall seed and Wesleyan, the sixth seed, each received first-round byes. The Knights will host Christian Heritage and Wesleyan has a home contest against Savannah Christian in the second round.
Northview earned a 56-36 home win over Dalton to start its postseason and will host New Manchester in the second round of Class AAAAAA action.
Roswell defeated Lownes at home 64-51 in its first-round contest. The Hornets visit McEachern for their second-round contest.