Saturday, December 19, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
KANSAS CITY -- Collins Hill showed the rest of the country what wrestling fans in Georgia already knew -- the Eagles are really good.
Collins Hill scored 649.5 points to win the Toshiba Midwest Classic on Saturday after placing third at the tournament the last two years.
The two-time defending Class AAAAA state champion Eagles, who are ranked No. 21 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, beat out Park Hill, Mo., the No. 14 team in the country that scored 531 points.
All 14 of the Eagles' wrestlers placed in the tournament, which featured state championship teams from all over the country. Joel Smith and Jamie Hertica were the Eagles' tournament champions. The Arizona State bound Smith won the 140-pound title and Hertica won at 152 pounds.
In a matchup of two nationally ranked wrestlers, Park Hill's Alan Waters beat Collins Hill's T.J. Mitchell 2-0 in the finals.
Bazell Partridge (112 pounds) was third and Joseph Doyague (119), C.J. Collins (215) and Thomas Delain (285) were fourth.
Drew Ferguson (103) and Devante Brown (130) were fifth, Nick Holbert (171) was sixth, Mac Bennett (189) was seventh and Allen Willard (135) was ninth.
Josiah Connell (145) and Pat Riley (160) were 14th.
The Eagles will host the Kyle Maynard Duals on Wednesday, which will feature Florida power Brandon High School.