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.
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.
Mount Pisgah Christian placed sixth in the Class A competition, which was won by Commerce. Wesleyan earned seventh.
Trevor Borom of Strong Rock Christian was fifth in the 108-pound division and had a 31-3 record this season. Patriots’ teammate Brandon Shelnutt also finished fifth, this time in the 113-pound division, and had a 30-4 record. Karlos Nadal of Mount Pisgah earned third in the 120-pound division and had a 59-12 mark this year. Wesleyan’s Harrison Dearth was third in the 126-pound division and had a 45-3 record. Mount Pisgah’s Shane Johnson was third in the 132-pound division and posted a record of 30-9.
The Class A 138-pound division saw David Bertrand (64-13) of Mount Pisgah earn fourth and Corey Berry (27-13) of Wesleyan in fifth. Wolves’ wrestler Matthew Brown placed third in the 145-pound division. The 152-pound division had Wesleyan’s Donald Conley (24-7) finish third and Mount Pisgah’s Conner Spence (37-12) in fifth. George Bielen of Wesleyan was fifth in the 170-pound division and had a 34-9 record. Mount Pisgah’s Noah Swift was third in the 182-pound division and posted a 60-12 record.
Matthew Fezza of St. Francis placed third in the 195-pound division and had a 26-4 record this season. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy’s Brayden Rush was third in the 220-pound division and had an 11-2 mark. Ellis Schmidt of Wesleyan was sixth in the same division and was 36-11 this year.
Lovett earned 11th in the Class AAA competition which was won by Sonaraville.
Lions’ wrestler Rogerick White won the 152-pound division with a pin of Crisp County’s Montay Glee at the 5:24 mark of the championship match. White posted a record of 42-11 on the season.
Lovett’s Jeremiah Allen was fifth in the 132-pound division and had a 37-10 record. The 145-pound division saw Chris Ocana of Lovett place fourth in the 145-pound division and have a 32-12 record. Westminster’s Jack Polhemus was fifth in the same division and was 44-9 this season.
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.
The GHSA basketball state postseason also started this past weekend. In the boys’ playoffs, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) is the second seed and has a first-round bye. In Class AAAA, Henry County High School visits Burke County. The Class AAAAA playoffs included Eagle’s Landing High School visiting McIntosh, Dutchtown hosting Morrow and Stockbridge hosting Fayette County.
In girls’ basketball, ELCA hosted Mount Paran. Henry County HS hosted Thomson and Luella hosted Cross Creek in Class AAAA action. The Class AAAAA playoffs included Union Grove visiting Fayette County, Woodland visiting Starr’s Mill, Eagle’s Landing HS hosting McIntosh and Dutchtown hosting Griffin.