Region 8-AAAAA

Berkmar

Head coach: Mike Lancaster

2005-2006 season: Did not place in any tournaments

Returning starters:

• Bryan Dao, Soph., 103

• Kalvin Dao, Soph. 112

• Bao Lee, Jr., 119

• Duong Vo, Soph., 125

• Brandon Aldridge, Soph. 135

• Johnathan Edwards, Sr., 145

• Bobby Harris, Soph., 152

• Michael Sealand, Soph., 160

• Jake King, Jr., 171

• Jesus Contreras, Sr., 189

• J.J. Alicea, Soph., 215

• Kevin Dimas, Sr., 275

• Robert Smith, Jr., 285, state qualifier

Outlook: The Patriots are extremely young with as many as six sophomores expected to see plenty of mat time this season. Smith is Berkmar's only returning state qualifier. The junior came to Berkmar last year after moving from Florida and quickly made an impact, placing fourth at area in the heavyweight division despite only weighing 205 pounds.

Coach Lancaster's take: "We look forward to gaining additional experience this season and look to improve both individually and as a team."

Brookwood

Head coach: Chris Cicora

2005-2006 season: 23-3 in duals, won the Northview Titan Duals, Hardaway Invitational, East Metro Duals and Fayette County Christmas Tournament, second at the Brookwood Invitational, Dacula Santa Slam and North Metro.

Coach Cicora's take: "Our boys have worked tremendously hard in the offseason fine-tuning their strengths and developing their weaknesses. This season will be rewarding for all of our supporters to see the hard work and dedication pay off for our boys."

Central Gwinnett

Head coach: Matt Brickley

2005-2006 season: Finished fourth at area and 22nd at state

Returning starters:

• Kamron Ramsier, Sr., 103, state qualifier

• Scott Garmon, Sr., 125

• Duncan Sligh, Sr., 135, state qualifier

• Ron Harris, Sr., 145, state qualifier

• Khiry Brooks, Sr., 160, state qualifier

• Richard Milton, Sr., 171, state qualifier

Outlook: Central Gwinnett features a senior-laden team that has five state qualifiers returning from last season. Ramsier and Sligh lead a Central team that has improved greatly over the summer while attending the Ohio State wrestling camp. If a few young wrestlers can emerge for Central, the Black Knights should greatly improve on last season's 22nd finish at state.

Coach Brickley's take: "This is the largest and hardest-working squad I have had at Central. We will be extremely competitive in the county, especially in our region."

Grayson

Head coach: Steve West

2005-2006 season: Finished 21-10 in dual meets, was first at Comet Classic and Big Red Rumble, third at county, second at Crossbone Classic, second at area and area duals, 12th at state

Returning starters:

• Tucker Kries, Soph., 103

• Ben Hulsey, Jr., 112, state qualifier

• Travis Moon, Jr., 119, state qualifier

• Wes Warwick, Sr., 135

• Tony West, Sr., 145, sixth at state

• Dustin Unkle, Sr., 160

• Nathan Swanson, Sr., 171, state qualifier

• Jeremy Jones, Sr., 189

• Chaz Clement, Jr., 215, state qualifier

• James Boatright, Sr., 285, second at state

Others to watch:

• Matt Casciano

• Jack Dunster

• Dustin Hunt

• Chris Hammer

• Travis Poore

• Drew Harris

Outlook: Grayson returns 10 of 14 starters from last year's team that was third at county, second at area and 12th at state. The Rams are led by Boatright, who was a state runner-up last season. West finished sixth at state and was one of six Grayson wrestlers to qualify for state. With so many returning starters, Grayson should once again be one of the top teams in the county and area. Look for the Rams to make a top-10 finish at state.

Coach West's take: "Should have a strong lineup all the way through."

Meadowcreek

Head coach: Thomas Cox

2005-2006 season: Did not place at any tournaments

Returning starters:

• Thomas Ng, Jr., 160

• Ishmiael Cervenanes, Jr., 125

• Colin Thon, Sr., 285

• Avery Yarbrough, Soph., 215

• Tuan Tran, Jr., 119

Others to watch:

• Caleb Acea, Sr., 171

Outlook: It will be a rebuilding season for Meadowcreek as the Mustangs return five starters and seven wrestlers with experience. It will be important for the young wrestlers to get a lot of early mat time for Meadowcreek to be competitive in a tough region. Ishmiael Cervenanes and Thomas Ng bring the most experience to the team and will have to lead a young Mustangs group this season.

Parkview

Head coach: Dennis Stromie and Tom Beuglas

2005-2006 season: 31-1 in duals, won state and traditional state titles

Returning starters:

• Ryan Galloway, Sr., 130, state champion

• Jesse Miller, Sr., 135, state champion

• Connor Dalton, Sr., 171, state runner-up

• Nandor Csonka, Sr., 215, placed fifth at state

• Josh Matlack, Sr., 145, state qualifier

• Carson Fields, Jr., 125, state finalist

• Charles Sandusky, Sr., 189, state qualifier

• Zac Burger, Sr., 152, state qualifier

• Waqas Shafqat, Sr., 140

Others to watch:

• Chad Mitchell, Sr., 119

• Nigel Rocke, Sr., 112

Outlook: Parkview returns a senior-laden and talented group that swept the dual and traditional state titles last season. The Panthers won every tournament they competed in and should be able to keep that streak going this season. Two state champions return in Miller and Galloway, along with a national champion in Fields, and five other state qualifiers or placers. With an already strong team and the addition of Chad Mitchell, a two-time state placer, Parkview will be a favorite to repeat as state champs.

Coach Stromie's take: "We've got to get everybody in the right weight class and work hard and we'll be all right. As always, we've got to try to stay healthy. We've already got a couple of guys hurt and rehabbing their injuries. We're no different than anybody else - if we can't stay healthy we can't compete for another title."

Shiloh

Head coach: Jose Helena

2005-2006 season: 19-9

Returning starters:

• Jimmy Ho, Soph., 112, state qualifier

• Daniel Helena, Jr., 130, state qualifier

• Mat Siverio, Jr., 135, state qualifier

• Lucas Austin, Soph., 140

• Quang Tran, Jr., 145

Others to watch:

• Taylor Davis, Jr., 125

• Josh Ferrington, Jr., 152

• Edward Wrech, Jr., 160

• Luis Tervino, Jr., 171

• Eduardo Martinez, Jr., 215

• Gary Jackson

Outlook: Shiloh returns a very young team with Helena the only full-time varsity starter returning. The junior is approaching 100 career wins and is a two-time state qualifier, placing second his freshman year. The Generals are very young and will rely on several underclassmen this season, led by Ho and Austin.

Coach Helena's take: "We are young and don't have a lot of experience on the mat. We plan to overcome a tough road this year."

South Gwinnett

Head coach: Derrick Burchette

2005-2006 season: 23-10, placed fourth at East Metro Duals, second at Clover (S.C.) Duals and fourth at area duals

Returning starters:

• Nate Cooley, Jr., 112

• Matt Kaufman, Sr., 119, state qualifier

• Jon Isburgh, Jr., 125, state qualifier

• Travis Kale, Sr., 130, state qualifier

• C.J. Perez, Sr., 189, was 40-14 last season

• Sean Christy, Sr., 215, state qualifier

• Tunji Adebayo, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

• Nick Isburgh, Fr.

• Tyler Daniel, Jr.

• Rasheed Manson, Soph.

• Paul Ardila, Soph.

Outlook: South Gwinnett's strength will be in its lightweights and heavyweights where they return four state qualifiers and guys with plenty of mat time. The middleweights will be competing for few limited spots, which should only give the Comets a more competitive lineup.

Coach Burchette's take: "The characteristic that makes me most proud to see in these guys is their teamwork. During practice, they are constantly driving each other, taking time to teach less experienced wrestlers. During tournaments, they are constantly on each of their teammates' mat while they compete. This atmosphere has produced the swagger that every quality program has. A pride produced by the knowledge that they are part of a successful program."

Region 7-AAAAA

Collins Hill

Head coach: Cliff Ramos

2005-2006 season: 33-4 in duals, second at duals and traditional state

Returning starters:

• Karl Manning, Jr., 112, state qualifier

• David Clayton, Sr., 125, state qualifier

• Taylor Knapp, Soph., 135, placed third at state

• Josh Hertica, Sr., 145, placed fifth at state

• Gary Tiller, Soph., 160, placed sixth at state

• Nick Smith, Jr., 171, placed fifth at state

Others to watch:

• Allen Willard, Fr., 112

• Joel Smith, Fr., 130

• Peter Min, Sr., 152

•Outlook: Collins Hill lost a lot of good seniors from last year's team, but the Eagles have always been able to reload. This season shouldn't be any different. The Eagles return six state qualifiers from a team that was second at the state duals and traditional tournaments. With one of the strongest junior varsity teams in the state, Collins Hill should be able to keep alive its streak of finishing in the top three in the state since 2000.

Coach Ramos' take: "We will have a lot of new starters and there could be a lot of shuffling of weights, so it may be a while until we see our real lineup. But if things pan out like we hope, we could be real solid again. I think we will be chasing teams like McEachern and Parkview, but we would like to think we have a shot."

Duluth

Head coach: Vance Mossler

2005-2006 season: Did not place in any tournaments

Returning starters:

• Andrew Carroll, Sr., 189

• Keegan Smith, Jr., 135

Others to watch:

• Gabe Cunningham, Fr., 140

• Robert Reyes, Sr., 160

• Robert Nelson, Sr., 171

Outlook: Duluth returns only two starters in Carroll and Smith, so it will be important for a lot of young wrestlers to gain some early experience.

•Coach Mossler's take: "Due to a large number of wrestlers from last year's team not returning, we are definitely in a rebuilding situation but we have some young wrestlers that show great promise for the future."

Mill Creek

Head coach: David Landis

2005-2006 season: 4-8 in duals, fourth at Brookwood Invitational, fifth at area

Returning starters:

• Robbie Willingham, Jr.

• Clint Malley, Sr.

• Bryan Stanley, Sr.

• Jason Harrison, Soph.

• Billy Anderson, Soph.

• Nick Voss, Soph.

• Cody Mitchell, Soph.

Outlook: In just its third year, Mill Creek is still a young program, but should show great improvement this season. Willingham, a two-time state qualifier, leads the young team that features only three upper classmen with experience. As the Hawks get more mat time they should be very competitive at the end of the season.

•Coach Landis' take: "We are still pretty young, but things are getting better. We will be competitive at the end of the year."

Norcross

Head coach: James Jefferson

2005-2006 season: 16-5 in duals, won the Blue Devil Classic and was second at Appalachee

Returning starters:

• Patrick McGonagle, Sr., 103

• Pejman Moman, Jr., 125

• Tyler Mabe, Sr., 145

• Derek Cunningham, Sr., 140

• Ryan Rivera, Soph., 112

Others to watch:

• Tayo Ikuesan, Soph., 135

• Stevie Berhannan, Soph., 189

• Phillip Burch, Soph., 130

Outlook: The Blue Devils feature a young team this season with only three returners with varsity experience.

Coach Jefferson's take: "We will be young and will scrap it out with anyone. We are getting better everyday. I will put these guys' work ethic up against anybody's in the county or state."

North Gwinnett

Head coach: Steve Hassenger

2005-2006 season: 24-7, fifth at county, third at area and 17th at state, third at Sequoyah tournament, first at the Hewitt/Trussville (Ala.) tournament and third at Vidalia tournament

Returning starters:

• Jamal Shelton, 125, state qualifier

• Corey Newman, 130, state qualifier

• Griffin Laplante, 135

• Travis Sheehy, 152, state runner-up

• Deven Bradford, 171, state qualifier

• Chucky Lanton, 189

• Jeff White, 215

• Steve Buffington, 285

Outlook: North Gwinnett returns plenty of talent led by last year's state runner-up Travis Sheehy. The junior has won 50 or more matches the last two seasons. The Bulldogs should once again be near the top of the region. Look for North to qualify as many as six wrestlers for the state tournament.

•Coach Hassenger's take: "We have good overall team strength with eight starters back and four that have been to state. With 70 wrestlers on the roster, it should help with depth during the long, hard season."

Peachtree Ridge

Head coach: Danny Sinnott

2005-2006 season: 23-8, 14th at state, second at area, fourth at area duals, second at the Titan Duals

Returning starters:

• Andrew Sartain, Jr., state qualifier

• Kendall Albert, Jr., state champion

• Matt Chapman, Soph.

• Sam Kuntz, Soph.

• Ben Emerson, Sr.

• Blake Pennington, Sr., state qualifier

• Calbe Pillow, Sr., state qualifier

Others to watch:

• Joey Payne

• Mwanje Kiggwe

Outlook: Peachtree Ridge returns two-time state champion Kendall Albert along with three other state qualifiers. The four-year program has improved each season and this year shouldn't be any different.

Coach Sinnott's take: "We're working harder than ever in the offseason, and now during the season it will pay off. Look for us this year at state duals."

Region 8-AAAA

Dacula

Head coach:

Jason Holcombe

2005-2006 season: 13-7, seventh in Area 7-AAAAA

Returning starters:

• Frankie Miller, Jr., 112

• Austin Brown, Sr., 171

• Noah Hunt, Soph., 119

• J.C. Hall, Jr., 152

Others to watch:

• Chris Hamrick, Soph., 160

• Kevin Bailey, Soph., 125

• Dale Miller, Soph., 112

Outlook: Dacula's strength is also the team's weakness. The Falcons are loaded with talented sophomores and juniors and once they get a little more mat time, Dacula could be a threat in Class AAAA. The Falcons will be led by junior Frankie Miller, who will be going for his 100th career win this season.

Region 6-AA

Buford

Head coach: Gary McCroskey

2005-2006 season: 22-16 in duals, placed second at the Redskin Rumble and third at area

Returning starters:

• Brian Auten, Sr., 215

• Chris Harford, Sr., 171, state qualifier

• Nick Harford, Sr., 145, state qualifier

• B.J. Johnson, Sr., 171, state runner-up

• Daniel Stephens, Sr., 152, state qualifier

• Tia Forrester, Jr., 103, state qualifier

• Zak Oliver, Jr., 130

• Sterling Bell, Soph., 189

• Scottie Forrester, Soph., 152, state qualifier

Others to watch:

• Evan Breedlove, Sr., 160

• Jena Willaby, Sr., 189

• Joe Henderson, Jr., 160

• Cameron Huchens, Soph., 130

Outlook: Buford returns six state qualifiers from last year's team that finished 18th in the state. Of those six qualifiers, four of them are seniors, which should bring plenty of leadership to the mat for the Wolves. Senior B.J. Johnson was a state runner-up last year and with the return of three experienced juniors, Buford should be able to build on last year's 22-win season, a school record.

GAC

Head coach: Jeff Harsh

2005-2006 season: 8-14 in duals

Returning starters:

• Mason Deal, Sr., 125, fifth at state

• Ben Hixson, Sr., 145, state qualifier

• Locke Hoover, Soph., 103, state qualifier

• Travis Elrod, Soph., 112, state qualifier

Outlook: GAC is very young and will struggle early with dual meets and tournaments. Once the younger wrestlers get some mat time, the Spartans should improve greatly. GAC has four returning state qualifiers, led by Deal who was fifth.

Coach Harsh's take: "We've had our ups and downs, and I see a team that is ready to make some headlines in some of our tournaments. I look forward to seeing our seniors wrestle in their last season at GAC and in our younger wrestlers getting more mat time and proving themselves as varsity team members."

Wesleyan

Head coach: Jeff Bedard

2005-2006 season: 20-12 in duals last year, was second at area duals, fifth at state duals, first at Stephens County Duals, second at Jefferson Duals, second at Adairsville Duals, third at Appalachee Invitational, second in area and 10th at state

Returning starters:

• Sam Ball, fourth at state

• Kip Thompson, fourth at state

• Brandon Patterson, sixth at state

• Josh Jeng

• Kelby Smith, state qualifier

• Jay Heslin, state qualifier

• Colin Genthert, state qualifier

• Eddie Van Winkle, state qualifier

• Michael Douglas, state qualifier

• David Kaszycki

• Bobby Boylston, state qualifier

• Hampton Wilson

Others to watch:

• T.J. Miller

• Chris Alexander

• Tyler Hediger

Outlook: Wesleyan returns 12 starters from last year's team that finished 10th at state. The Wolves have three state placers coming back and nine state qualifiers, so Wesleyan should be one of the top teams in the area. Look for the Wolves to qualify at least 10 wrestlers again for state this season and improve on last season's top 10 finish.

Coach Bedard's take: "We need to win some matches that we aren't necessarily supposed to win. We are a close-knit family here and that is what will carry us far this season. The kids will have to earn everything they get this year and I will hopefully have them prepared to do just that. We will never make excuses and we will find away to maximize our potential."