Pope accumulated five pins in defense of their Region 7AAAAAA duals championship Saturday, beating Cambridge 37-31 for the title.
The Greyhounds, who won their fifth straight region duals title, will head to the Class AAAAAA state duals in Macon, hoping to improve on their top-six finish from last season.
“It was a good day of wrestling,” Pope coach Jim Haskin said. “Now, we’ve got to move on and see what we can do at state.”
Cheirk Koita’s pin at 285 pounds set the tone for Pope in the championship match against Cambridge. The Greyhounds’ other four pins came in the lower weights, with Aiden Karpinski (106), Joey Robinson (120), Max Druhot (126) and Jackson Guy (132) coming through.
Connor Weeks won a decision at 152 to put a stop to Cambridge’s comeback attempt, and Troy Gable came through with a major decision at 160 to seal the win.
The majority of Pope’s seven losses came by decisions, costing only three points.
Pope beat North Atlanta in the opening round before ousting Chattahoochee in the semifinals.
Host Harrison fell just short of qualifying for the Class AAAAAA state duals with a third-place finish in the Region 6AAAAAA tournament Saturday.
The Hoyas lost to eventual champion Creekview 58-19 in the semifinals, but they came back to defeat River Ridge in the third-place match.
Harrison, however, ended the day on a sour note with a 43-12 loss to runner-up Sequoyah in the true second-place match. The Chiefs won 12 of the 14 individual matches to claim the win and second place in the region.
Champion Creekview and runner-up Sequoyah advanced to the state duals, which will be held in Macon beginning Thursday.
River Ridge finished fourth behind Harrison.