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Parkview meets its match against McEachern

MACON - After dominating for the last two years, Parkview finally met its match.

The Panthers were outworked and outhustled by McEachern on Saturday as the Indians went on to a 39-19 victory and win the Class AAAAA dual state championship at the Macon Centreplex.

"Give them credit, they did what they had to do," Parkview co-head coach Tom Beuglas said. "Collins Hill gave them a better match than we did."

The Indians (26-1) beat Collins Hill in the semifinals on Friday to reach the title match where they won their third dual state title and first since 2003.

"Anything with a state championship by its name we are going to prepare for," McEachern"s Tony Van Horn said. "State championships are what we prepare for." For Parkview (20-1), it's the team's first dual loss since 2005 when the Panthers lost to Collins Hill in the state finals.

"We didn't get the job done," Beuglas said. "There were three upsets that we thought were the deciding factor."

Parkview's Josh Matlack, a former state champion who was battling a shoulder injury, Connor Dalton, a state runner-up last year, and Charles Sandusky all got rare losses for the Panthers.

Those losses coupled with four McEachern pins guided the Indians to victory.

"We got pinned at 135 and 140, and that killed us," Beuglas said. "Then it just snowballed from there. Against a team like that you can't do that."

The match started off well for the Panthers. Josh Davis won at 119 pounds, Carson Fields (125) beat a tough Nick Turpin 18-5 and Ryan Galloway followed with a pin to put Parkview up 13-0.

"Winning is contagious. We started off good, but then we made some mistakes and they capitalized," Galloway said.

"The season is not over. We will be better."

Parkview got pinned in its next two matches and McEachern was back in it at 13-12. Jesse Miller won at 145, but then McEachern reeled off the next three wins to take its first lead of the match and never trailed again. Nandor Csonka (215) was the last Panther to win. A Brooks Pendelton (285) pin put McEachern ahead 30-19 and Brendan Westerman (103), a state champ last year, got another pin to seal the victory.

"They did everything right and we didn't," Galloway said. "They deserve it."

Collins Hill bounced back from a semifinals loss to McEachern on Friday to take third place on Saturday.

The Eagles defeated Union Grove and then Walton 34-20 in the consolation finals.

"Like I said before, these guys are doing great for us," Collins Hill coach Cliff Ramos said. "We came an eyelash and a couple of breaks of being in the finals."

Collins Hill had eight wrestlers win to lift the Eagles to a top three finish for the sixth-straight year. Taylor Knapp got a big win over state placer Andrew Lanham at 135 pounds, and Josh Hertica bumped up to 152 to notch a 6-0 victory.

Also winning for the Eagles in the third place match were Karl Manning (103), Allen Willard (112), Joel Smith (6-5), Jacob Hale (140), Brad Wood (215) and David Coffey (285).

"We feel like we are not out of it," Ramos said about the rest of the season.

"The state duals are a battle, but the war is at the end of the year. Whoever wins the traditional state tournament is the true state

champions."