The wrestling state championships, start of the basketball state playoffs and Signing Day completed a full week of prep sports activities for local programs.
The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) held its Traditional Wrestling State Championships from Feb. 8 through Feb. 10 at the Macon Centreplex.
Woodward Academy finished fourth in the Class AAAA competition which was won by Jefferson. Blessed Trinity was sixth and Luella ninth.
War Eagles’ wrestler Nick Masters won the 113-pound division with an 11-3 victory over Josh Kincaid of Madison County in the finals. Masters had a 58-1 record this season.
Woodward’s Vincent Mannella also took home an individual state title, winning the 120-pound division with a 15-5 win over Jared Blackburn of Jefferson in the finals. Mannella had a perfect record of 53-0 this season.
Malcolm Wiley of Woodward won the 195-pound division with a 13-3 win over Byron Butts of Troup County, finishing his year with a 30-3 record. Blessed Trinity’s Jack Filipowicz was third and was 29-2 this season.
Luella wrestler Daniel Reid earned the 152-pound championship with a 4-3 decision over Caleb Waddell of Gilmer and finished the year with a 31-1 record. Blessed Trinity’s Alex Poma was sixth in the division and had a 25-7 record.
Titans’ wrestler Vincent Baker won the 160-pound division with an 8-4 decision over Max Spearman of St. Pius X. Baker had a 48-1 record this year while Spearman was 39-4.
Luella’s Jakir Thompson was fourth in the 106-pound division and had a 28-9 record. McCoy Pace of Woodward was second in the 132-pound division and posted a 51-15 mark this season. Teammate Malachi Wiley was fifth in the 138-pound division and was 44-18 in the year. Marist’s Corey Langer was sixth in the 170-pound division and was 22-5 this season. Teammate Jer’miah Fantroy was second in the 182-pound division with a 35-4 mark this year.
Buford won the Class AAAAA competition with 206 points. Union Grove was second with 156.5 points and Ola placed third at 137.5 points. Locust Grove was eighth.
Ola’s Jackson Desario completed a perfect season through 49 matches with a 6-0 decision over Buford’s Kyle McCollough in the 126-pound division final. Dutchtown’s Michael Parker (9-3) was third and Lithonia’s John Webb (6-4) sixth in the division.
Union Grove’s Justin Ruffin won the 152-pound division with a 16-1 win over Wyatt Sladek of Flowery Branch in the finals. Ruffin had a perfect record of 47-0 this season.
Andrew Curry of Ola won the 195-pound division with a 3-2 victory over Bainbridge’s Tre Storey. Curry had a 47-3 record this season. Union Grove’s Derrick Hansen (15-8) was third in the division.
The 132-pound division saw Union Grove’s Bryson Neace (35-4) place second, Luchiano Jenkins (33-10) of Stockbridge was fourth and Decatur’s Kaden Spann (10-4) place fifth. The 138-pound division had Corey Minner (9-4) of Dutchtown earn fourth, Riverwood’s Jeffrey Harris (35-9) place fifth and Noah Martin (29-20) of Locust Grove finish sixth.
Gabe McDaniel of Union Grove was second in the 145-pound division and had a 29-3 record. Dylan Burton (7-3) of Dutchtown was fourth.
Locust Grove wrestler Cage Leddon was fourth in the 106-pound division and was 45-9 on the season. The 113-pound division saw Ola’s Byron Fleming (40-8) and Locust Grove’s Ricardo Romero (40-7) earn fifth. In the 120-pound division, Cameron Fretwell (38-16) was third and Hunter Daniel (34-10) was sixth for Union Grove and Ola respectively.
Christian Trimble (47-2) of Ola was second in the 160-pound division while Locust Grove’s Clark Leddon (36-7) was fourth and Tim Crenshaw (40-14) of Stockbridge was sixth. Gavin Venable of Union Grove was third in the 170-pound division and earned a 27-12 record this season.
The 182-pound division saw Union Grove’s Camden Johnson (33-4) finish second, John Haury (38-12) of Ola place fourth and Riverwood’s Ronald Humphrey (39-6) earn fifth.
Southwest DeKalb wrestler Eris Walker finished second in the 220-pound division and was 6-2 on the season. Ola’s John Sledge (35-15) was sixth.
South Paulding earned second in the Class AAAAAA competition with 124 points and Alexander was third at 122 points. The classification was won by Richmond Hill at 153.5 points.
Spartans’ wrestler Dustin Byers won the 106-pound division with a 5-1 victory over Richmond Hill’s Kaleb Anderson. Byers posted a 40-3 record this season.
Cambridge’s Gavin Kane won the 152-pound division with a pin of Dalton’s Malik Coleman at the 1:51 mark. Kane had a 46-2 mark this season. Alexander’s Little Nelson (46-6) was fourth in the division.
Raji Brown of South Paulding won the 220-pound division with a 5-4 win over Shamar Cofield of Grovetown in the finals. He had a 43-3 record this season. Zach Loner (41-11) of Alexander was fifth in the division.
The 126-pound division saw South Paulding’s Daniel Byers (52-4) place second, Vincent Ferrara of Alexander (42-8) earn third and Cambridge’s Kyle Romano (46-13) was fifth. Zayd Ansari of Alexander was third in the 138-pound division and had a 44-7 record.
The 145-pound division had Taquel Young (41-2) of Stephenson finish third and Alexander’s Dawson Matthews (43-11) place sixth.
Austin Seymour of South Paulding was second in the 160-pound division and had a 49-9 record. Alexander’s Deandre Burton (41-6) earned third. In the 170-pound division, South Paulding’s Ruston Robinson (48-7) was second and Marcus Stephen (47-3) of Chattahoochee was third. Cougars’ wrestler Danny Gladwell was fifth in the 182-pound division and had a 31-7 record. Micah Godwin (19-10) of Stephenson was sixth in the 195-pound division. Chattahoochee’s Noah Latzsch (45-3) was second in the 285-pound division.
North Paulding placed sixth in the Class AAAAAAA competition which was won by Camden County.
Wolfpack wrestler Bradley Bitting won the 132-pound division with a 3-2 win over Tyler Dahlgren of Camden County. He had a 49-2 record this season.
Milton’s Ben Williams (47-4) was second in the 120-pound division. David Cartier of Roswell was fifth in the 126-pound division and had a 35-16 record. Hornets’ wrestler Steven Copeland was sixth in the 138-pound division and posted a 34-14 record this season.
North Paulding’s Jesse DeJames was second in the 152-pound division and had a 46-2 record. Cody Domingue of Lakeside (DeKalb) was sixth in the 160-pound division and had a 20-10 record this season. Kyle Cline (30-9) of North Paulding was fifth in the 170-pound division.
Roswell’s Cole Anderson was fourth in the 182-pound division and had a 36-6 record. North Paulding’s Ezra Wallace was second in the 285-pound division and posted a season mark of 36-3.
The GHSA basketball state postseason also started this past weekend. Starting in the Class A private boys’ playoffs, Greenforest has a first-round bye as the seventh seed. The Class AAA playoffs sees Cedar Grove hosting Ringgold and Redan visiting Calhoun. In Class AAAA, St. Pius X hosted White County, Druid Hills visited Baldwin and Marist hosted Stephens County. In Class AAAAA, Southwest DeKalb hosted North Springs, Lithonia hosted Banneker, Miller Grove visited Riverwood and Stephenson hosted Lakeside (Evans).
In girls’ basketball, Greenforest visited Paideia. In Class AAA, Stone Mountain visited Haralson County. Marist hosted St. Pius X in Class AAAA action. In Class AAAAA, Southwest DeKalb hosted Riverwood, Miller Grove visited Jackson (Atlanta) and Chamblee visited Lithia Springs. The Class AAAAAA, Stephenson visited Heritage and Tucker hosted Grovetown.