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County wrestlers headed to duals

Everyone's healthy and wrestling well for Parkview, so there should be no excuses for the Panthers on Saturday.

The state's top-ranked wrestling team in Class AAAAA is a heavy favorite at home this weekend for the Area 8-AAAAA Duals Championship. The event serves as a qualifier for the Jan. 20-21 State Duals Championship held in Macon. The top two teams out of each area advance to state.

The Panthers' top competitors look to be Brookwood and Grayson, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the tourney.

"We haven't lost to anybody in AAAAA all year and we're not going to start this week if we can help it," Parkview co-head coach Dennis Stromie said. "Hopefully we can continue our momentum from (winning) county, have a good week at area duals and carry that momentum over to state duals."

Two more teams will advance to state duals out of Area 7-AAAAA this weekend in a tourney at Mill Creek. Fourth-ranked Collins Hill is 7-AAAAA's top seed, followed by No. 2 Peachtree Ridge, No. 3 Centennial and No. 4 North Gwinnett.

Collins Hill, despite missing heavyweight Matt Johnson, wrestled well at county and finished second last weekend to Parkview. Johnson's replacement at heavyweight, David Coffey, didn't let his team down at county, finishing second.

The Eagles also looked good on Wednesday night in a 51-10 win over Henry County, ranked No. 1 in AAAA.

"We wrestled real well against Henry County," Collins Hill coach Cliff Ramos said. "That's the best we've wrestled all season."

The county's AA teams head to Lovett on Saturday for the 4-AA Duals, where the hosts are the favorites. Wesleyan, runner-up to Lovett last season, has the county's best shot in that tourney.

The Wolves are seeded

No. 2 behind Lovett.

"It's going to be hard (at area)," Wesleyan coach Jeff Bedard said. "I'm forfeiting one weight class and bumping one young freshman up to heavyweight. But we should be in the finals if we wrestle well. From there it's just about matchups with Lovett."