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Dalton leads Parkview to another state wrestling title

MACON - Conner Dalton is used to winning close matches, but Saturday's victory in Macon was his biggest.

The Parkview junior defeated Gary Tiller 7-5 in the 171-pound match of the Class AAAAA State Duals Championship to lift the Panthers to a 35-25 win over Collins Hill.

"Coach told me that if we won the 160-pound match that I could clinch it," said Dalton, who was second at the county meet this year. "I was totally tired in the third period, but I didn't care. It was worth it. I would have passed out out there if I had to."

Dalton's win put the Panthers up 32-19 with two matches remaining, leaving Collins Hill no way to take the lead and spoiling the Eagles' shot at back-to-back dual titles.

The championship is Parkview's second in three years with Collins Hill winning last year.

"We seem like we are trading off back and fourth," Parkview co-head coach Tom Beuglas said. "But every time the two of us get together it's a battle."

The difference in the match was pins. Parkview was able to pin Collins Hill three times, while the Eagles managed just one.

"Those were the kind of things we expected, but were trying to avoid," Collins Hill head coach Cliff Ramos said. "We won six out of 14 matches, so I'm really pretty happy. Two or three matches were close, so we are getting better, that's the main thing."

Of Parkview's three pins, the biggest came when Josh Matlack pinned Josh Hertica in the first period of the 145-pound bout to give Parkview a 26-16 lead. Collins Hill was able to win the next match with Ben Hoppenbrouwer's 2-0 victory over Jake Wallace, but Clint Wickham followed with another Parkview win and Dalton was the clincher.

"It feels pretty good to win another one," Parkview co-head coach Dennis Stromie said. "The guys did great with sticking to the plan. We told them it's going to depend on bonus points and if they couldn't pin, to keep it to a decision."

The only time Collins Hill led was after the 275-pound match when Matt Johnson pinned Pete Sanders. Parkview came back with two pins to take the lead and never trailed again.

Myers Beck's 9-4 win tied the bout 12-12, but Ron Lofton gave Parkview the lead again with a 11-2 win over Dominic Vercelote.

Thomas Knapp tied the match again with a 12-3 win to make it 16-16, but the Eagles were never able to take the lead.

Jesse Miller won 15-5 in the 140-pound match and Matlack followed with his pin to put Parkview up 26-16.

Parkview becomes the second team to win two state dual championships, joining McEachern, which won titles in 2002 and 2003.

Parkview has won the county title, the area duals and state duals this season, leaving only one goal left - the traditional state tournament in February at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Class AAAAA State Wrestling

Duals Finals

Saturday

Macon Centerplex

Parkview 35, Collins Hill 25

103: Carson Fields (Parkview) pinned Karl Manning (Collins Hill) 2:10.

112: John Puerta (Parkview) pinned David Clayton (Collins Hill) :42.

119: Taylor Knapp (Collins Hill) def. Waqas Shafqat (Parkview) 8-3.

125: Myers Beck (Collins Hill) def. Ryan Galloway (Parkview) 9-4.

130: Ron Lofton (Parkview) def. Dominic Vercelote (Collins Hill) 11-2.

135: Thomas Knapp (Collins Hill) def. Zac Burger (Parkview) 12-3.

140: Jesse Miller (Parkview) def. Josh Fleming (Collins Hill) 15-5.

145: Josh Matlack (Parkview) pinned Josh Hertica (Collins Hill) 1:18.

152: Ben Hoppenbrouwer (Collins Hill) def. Jake Wallace (Parkview) 2-0.

160: Clint Wickham (Parkview) def. Nick Smith (Collins Hill) 5-2.

171: Connor Dalton (Parkview) def. Gary Tiller (Collins Hill) 7-5.

189: Charles Sandusky (Parkview) def. DaQuinn Cheek (Collins Hill) 7-1.

215: Leon Delain (Collins Hill) forfeit over Nandor Csonka (Parkview).

275: Matt Johnson (Collins Hill) pinned Pete Sanders (Parkview) 1:46.