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Wrestling notebook: Grayson flying high early in season

It's only three weeks into the season and Grayson is already off to the best start in school history.

The ninth-ranked Rams are 17-0, which is the best start in school's seven-year history, and have won the last two tournaments competed in.

"I'm just excited for the season," Grayson head coach Steve West said. "We're 17 matches into the season and things are good. We just want to keep buzzing right along."

The previous best start in school history was 9-0. Grayson has already shattered that and could break the school record for wins in a season at 34, set in 2003-04 while in AAA and the following year in AAAAA.

Three weeks into the season, that certainly seems like an obtainable goal.

"If we go 34-0 then that means we beat Parkview and I'd be pretty happy with that," West said.

On the way to 17-0, Grayson has won the Comet Classic for the second year in a row and last weekend won the Lion Duals at Peachtree Ridge.

"I was impressed this weekend," West said. "Because we faced some pretty good competition. Not that the teams we faced earlier weren't good, but we faced some stiffer competition this weekend."

The Rams had six wrestlers go undefeated for the weekend and beat Brother Martin (La.) 35-24 in the finals.

James Boatright is one of five Grayson wrestlers undefeated this season. The state runner-up last season in the heavyweight division, saw his first action this weekend at the Lion Duals. The senior missed the previous three weeks as he helped the Grayson football team reach the second round of the state playoffs. At the Lion Duals he was 4-0 and named the Most Valuable wrestler for the 145-pound to heavyweight division.

Jeremy Jones (189 pounds) is 12-0, Nathan Swanson (171) and Dustin Unkle (160) are 15-0 and Tony West (145) is 17-0 for the Rams.

"It's been a total team effort," West said. "We've won 177 matches and lost 54, so that's almost three-to-one, so it's all of the guys with us carrying the load."

For the Rams, this season success is really just the continuation of last year season's as Grayson was one of the top teams in the county and state. With the county tournament next week at Mill Creek, the Rams will really see how much they have improved this season.

"The past couple of year's we have had success," Grayson head coach Steve West said. "We were 12th at state last year, second at area and third at county, so I don't think it's necessarily flying under the radar. Hopefully, it's how high can we fly."

Parkview wins Southern Duals

Second-ranked Parkview remained undefeated on Saturday by winning the Southern Duals at Parkview High School.

The Panthers beat some of the top teams in the South on the way to improving to 12-0 for the season.

Parkview beat Habersham Central (60-0), South Carolina state champion Eastside (50-21), Manatee, Fla. (36-28), Grissom, Ala. (65-12) and Tennessee state champion Baylor (35-24).

Chad Mitchell (119 pounds), Ryan Galloway (130), Jesse Miller (140) and Zac Burger (145) were all undefeated for the day.

Parkview will wrestle this weekend at the McCallie Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn.

North's Sheehy wins Sequoyah Invitational

North Gwinnett had five wrestlers place at the Sequoyah Invitational on Saturday, led by junior Travis Sheehy.

A state runner-up last season, Sheehy defeated Evan Taylor from Harrison 7-4 to win the 152-pound weight class.

Corey Newman (130 pounds) was third, Steve Buffington (285) was fourth, Alex Reffett (160) was fifth and Jeff White (215) was sixth.

The Bulldogs finished seventh out of 16 teams and will host South Gwinnett tonight in a dual meet a 6 p.m.

Lions place fourth at tourney

Peachtree Ridge placed fourth at its inaugural Lion Duals on Saturday.

The Lions finished fourth in the eight team tournament with four wrestlers going undefeated.

Caleb Pillow (215), Blake Pennington (160) and Andrew Sartain (103) all went 5-0 for the day.

Two-time state champion Kendall Albert was 4-0 and was unable to continue his fifth match after being knocked out for a short time.

Matt Chapman (145) and Sam Kuntz (152) had four wins each, Momin Ali (112), Caleb Orr (119), Kyle Schneider (125) each had two wins and Geoffrey Stratton (171) and Trevor McBurnett (285) each won with a pin.

Eighteen Gwinnett wrestlers place at Blue Devil Classic

Gwinnett County had 18 wrestlers place at the Blue Devil Classic on Saturday at Norcross High School.

Wesleyan's T.J. Mitchell (103) and Kelly Smith (215) and Shiloh's Daniel Helena (125) brought home first place.

South Gwinnett's Nick (103) and Jon (125) Insburgh were second, Norcross' Perjman Morman (130), Wesleyan's Brendan Patterson (135) and Central Gwinnett's Richard Milton (189) also placed second.

Norcross' Joe Rodas (103) and Patrick McGonagle (112), South's Travis Kale (130) and Sean Christy (215), Shiloh's Sam Oloba (135) and Christian Jordan, Central's Duncan Sligh (140) and Ron Harris (145) and Wesleyan's Bobby Boylston (160) and David Kaszycki (171) all placed third in their respective weight classes.

Eagles taste first loss

Collins Hill lost its first match of the season to perennial Tennessee power Baylor on Friday.

The Eagles were defeated 28-27 by a Baylor team that has won six of the last eight traditional state titles.

It's the second year in a row Baylor has beat Collins Hill, winning 26-25 last year. Collins Hill won 31-26 in 2004.

Casey Hollis (119), David Clayton (125), Joel Smith (130), Josh Hertica (145), Nick Smith (171) and Brad Wood (215) all notched victories for the Eagles.

The fourth-ranked Eagles bounced back to win four matches on Saturday to improve to 10-1 for the season.