Small victory for Lions, win for Eagles

SUWANEE -- Peachtree Ridge won two out of a possible 14 wrestling matches against Collins Hill on Wednesday.

The way the two-time defending state champion Eagles have been rolling lately the two wins were a small moral victory.

Collins Hill had seven pins as the host Eagles cruised to a 64-6 win over the Lions.

"Realistically I thought we might win zero to four or five matches to be realistic, so we were about in the middle of that," Peachtree Ridge coach Danny Sinnott said. "I thought we fought hard and I'm not totally disappointed. Tonight wasn't about wins and losses, it was about wrestling tough matches."

Collins Hill improved to 8-0 and is coming off a dominating weekend at the Walton Duals. The Eagles shutout their first four opponents before beating last year's dual state runner-up Pope 38-14. Peachtree Ridge is one of four teams to score six or more points against the Eagles this season.

"It's been tough the last while with them on top for a while," Sinnott said. "We're going to keep working hard and building."

Jamie Hertica got the first of Collins Hill's seven pins at 152 pounds to start the match Wednesday. Peachtree Ridge's Tsvetomir Petrushev cut the lead in half with a 3-2 decision.

The Lions had a chance to tie the match at 171 pounds in the most exciting match of the night. Mike Chapman hit a takedown with 22 seconds left in the match, but Nick Holbert tied it with a reversal with eight seconds left. Holbert held off Chapman the first two overtimes before getting an escape and takedown to win 11-8.

"I think if we get a little better cardio we win that one," Sinnott said. "That was a great match on both ends."

"Holbert never gets tired, that's his strength," Collins Hill coach Cliff Ramos said.

Mac Bennett (189) won a 9-1 major decision and then the Eagles started racking up the pins by C.J. Collins (215), Thomas DeLain (285), Eric Ryll (103) and Drew Ferguson (112). Defending state champion Bazell Partridge won by forfeit and Collins Hill held a 43-3 lead.

"That was way too many pins and I'm not accepting with pins," Sinnott said.

Peachtree Ridge's Jon Rodriguez pulled out a 5-4 win at 125 pounds to get the Lions' only other win.

Two-time state champion T.J. Mitchell (130) won by pin, Brad Mueller (135) won by forfeit and Allen Willard (140) took a 5-2 decision. Drew Harrison hit a reversal on defending state champion Joel Smith (145) in the second period and then the Arizona State signee pinned Harrison to end the dual.

"Going in I knew they were good at 125, 140, 160, 171 and 189, I didn't care about the pins," Ramos said.

Collins Hill will face its first major challenge of the season this weekend at the Cleveland Duals in Tenn. State power Baylor is expected to be at the tournament and three of the last five duals against the two teams have been decided by one point.

"We'll be tested this weekend," Ramos said.