No. 1 Collins Hill dominates ranked Parkview, North in wrestling meet

SUWANEE - There's No. 1 Collins Hill, and then there's everyone else.

The Eagles once again proved they are way ahead of the competition on Wednesday in a meet with Parkview and North Gwinnett.

Collins Hill easily defeated the No. 6 Panthers 50-10 and the No. 7 Bulldogs 57-9 at North Gwinnett. The victories make the Eagles the odds-on favorite to win state early in the season.

"I'm pretty pleased with tonight," Collins Hill coach Cliff Ramos said. "I thought we wrestled pretty good."

Collins Hill (7-0) has now defeated five of the top 10 teams in the last week. The Eagles opened the season last Wednesday with a win over No. 5 Pope. At the Walton Duals last weekend, Collins Hill defeated No. 9 McEachern and No. 2 Harrison.

"We're wrestling great as a team right now," Collins Hill's Taylor Knapp said. "But we still have a lot of holes to work on. If we can continue this the rest of the season that would be great."

In one of the marquee matchups of the night, Collins Hill's David Coffey defeated Parkview's Brian Farris, last year's state runner-up, in overtime at 285 pounds. The Eagles' Knapp, a state champion last season, pinned North's Travis Sheehy, a two-time state runner-up.

"That was a good win," Knapp said. "I haven't really wrestled any competition yet this year, so it was nice to wrestle him and get some great competition."

In the dual between Parkview and North Gwinnett, the Panthers needed a pin from Clint Jones in the final match to secure a 41-40 victory.

"We wrestled terrible," Parkview coach Tom Beuglas said. "It never should have been that close. As good as we wrestled last weekend it never should have been that close."

North was without four wrestlers that are still playing on the school's playoff football team.

"I think fans got to see three of the best teams in Gwinnett County," North coach Steve Hassenger said. "We're only going to get better."

Parkview (6-1) won two of its first four matches to keep it close against Collins Hill. Josh Davis won a 8-6 decision over Allen Willard at 125 and Carson Fields won 15-7 to tie the match 7-7.

That was the last time it was ever close.

Joel Smith (decision), Cody Parker (major decision), Knapp (pin), Gary Tiller (pin), Nick Smith (pin) and Will Collins (pin) reeled off the next six wins to put it away.

In what could be a preview of the heavyweight state title match, Collins Hill's Coffey defeated Farris 3-1 in overtime. Coffey, who placed fifth at state last season, took down Farris 13 seconds into OT to secure the win.

"I wrestled him twice over the summer and be beat me both times, so I thought he might be overlooking me," Coffey said. "In the third period I was so drained, but I looked over and saw my teammates cheering me on and that motivated me."

Collins Hill's Joseph Doyague won a decision at 103 and T.J. Mitchell pinned at 119. Parkview's Clint Jones was Parkview's only other winner with an 8-5 victory at 112. James Smithson (decision) and Luke Watkins (major decision) also had victories for the Eagles.

"I knew they were good," Beuglas said. "They're heads above everyone else."

North Gwinnett's Daniel Cole won a 7-4 decision against Collins Hill's Luke Watkins at 135 to tie the match 3-3. Then Collins Hill got major decisions from Joel Smith and Sam Hoppenbrouwer.

Sheehy led Knapp 3-2 after the second period at 152. Then Knapp was able to take Sheehy to his back and pin him at the 4:49 mark.

Tiller (major decision), Nick Smith (pin), Michael Stokes (forfeit), Collins (pin) and Coffey (forfeit) got the next five wins for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs' Kevin O'Conner broke up the Eagles' run with a decision at 103.

Caleb Sawchuk (pin) and Mitchell (forfeit) followed with wins. North's Jared Biggers ended the dual with a decision at 125.

"We're not at the level of Collins Hill yet," Hassenger said. "We got beat by a team with a lot more experience that us."

North Gwinnett (6-2) took a 34-17 lead after nine matches against Parkview. The Bulldogs forfeited 189 to Matt Johnson and 285 to Brent McFall. Parkview's Farris pinned at 215 to give the Panthers a 35-34 lead.

Greg Epps pinned Parkview's Kevin O'Conner at 103 to put North ahead again with one match remaining.

Parkview's Jones secured the Parkview win with a first period pin to give the Panthers a 41-40 victory.

"I knew it was real close because we had some setbacks," Jones said. "I knew I had to get the job done."

Parkview's Kevin McAraw (forfeit), Fields (pin) and Jason Hail (pin) also recorded victories.

North's Biggers (pin), Jamal Shelton (major decision), Daniel Cole (pin), Sheehy (pin), Michael Hagen (pin) and Alex Reffert (pin) all had wins.

"Getting pinned five times in a dual is not very good," Beuglas said. "I thought we were a little better than we are."

South Gwinnett beats Berkmar

SNELLVILLE - South Gwinnett was led by its seniors on senior night and defeated Berkmar 39-27 on Wednesday.

Three seniors won with quick pins for the Comets: Jeremiah Jackson (28 seconds), Tyler Daniell (:42) and Tunji Adebayo (1:37).