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A hungry number 6
Motivated Panthers claim another area championship

LAWRENCEVILLE - Coaches frequently turn to different tactics to motivate their teams.

For Parkview head wrestling coach Tom Beuglas, he turned to one of man's basic needs.

"I'm all about food," Beuglas said. "I told my guys that if we won this tournament, I would take them out to dinner. They're all out there right now waiting to go to Frontera."

Beuglas' offer of a free dinner served up enough inspiration for his squad Saturday as Parkview notched its sixth straight region title in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament at Central Gwinnett.

Parkview qualified 13 wrestlers for next week's Class AAAAA sectional tournament, including four region winners and five runner-ups, taking first place with 220.5 team points.

Grayson, which also had four tournament winners while sending nine to state, was second at 174.5 points.

Third place went to Dacula (three region champs and eight sectional qualifiers) at 150.5 points while Brookwood (two region winners and nine sectional qualifiers) was fourth at 149.5 points.

"Brookwood, Grayson and Dacula are fairly evenly matched and those three teams have closed the gap between us and them," Beuglas said. "We only have three seniors and I'm happy with the fifty-point spread."

With Parkview winning the team title, the top individual story of the day was Central Gwinnett's Jacob Aiken-Phillips.

Aiken-Phillips, a sophomore heavyweight, entered the tournament with 40 pins on the season, just two behind the county record set by Chris Matyac of Brookwood in 2005-06.

Aiken-Phillips opened his day with a pin of Dacula's James Butler and then tied the mark with a pin of Phillip Pickens of Meadowcreek in the semifinals.

With the region title and county record on the line, Aiken-Phillips squared off with Parkview's Matt Elakatt in the finals.

Aiken-Phillips wasn't able to pin Elakatt but did win the region crown, taking the match with an 11-5 decision.

"The first couple of matches weren't that hard but that last one was tough," Aiken-Phillips said. "I was trying to get the pin for the record, but he's (Elakatt) so much stronger than me and I couldn't get him down to the mat. Hopefully, I can break that record next week at state.

Aiken-Phillips was one of four Black Knights making the trip to state.

Parkview's four region winners were Quade Sewell at 125 pounds, Alex Hills at 135, Jesse Forte at 160 and Matt Johnson at 215.

Johnson's win against Corbin Nilson of Brookwood was in one of the tightest matches of the day. Both wrestlers battled to a 2-2 tie after the second period and Johnson scored a take down with 30 seconds left to held on for a 4-3 decision.

Nick Isburgh of Grayson scored a major decision to win the 112 title while teammates Zack George (140), Jack Dunster (145) and Paul Ardilla (189) each added titles.

For Dacula, Brandon Bullock scored a major decision 10-0 over Sean Thomas of Brookwood to win the 103 crown. Noah Hunt followed with a pin of Clint Jones of Parkview for the 119 crown while Zeke Hunt beat Kyle Smith of Brookwood in the 152 final.

The remaining two region winners were from Brookwood with Joe Epps winning the 130 and Chris Roman edging South Gwinnett's Rasheed Manson 6-5 at 171.

Each team in the tournament qualified at least one wrestler for next week's state sectional tournament at Camden County. Shiloh qualified six wrestlers, Berkmar and South three each and Meadowcreek one.

"After the state duals, I needed to get our kids motivated," Beuglas said. "We haven't had good practices the past two weeks and we've had kids out sick and out hurt. This past week, we just concentrated on getting everyone healthy."

SideBar: Area 8-AAAAA

Region 8-AAAAA Championships

Saturday

Central Gwinnett High School

FIRST PLACE

103: Brandon Bullcok (Dacula) maj. dec. Sean Thomas (Brookwood)

10-0

112: Nick Isburgh (Grayson) maj. dec. Robbie Kane (Parkview) 15-2

119: Noah Hunt (Dacula) fall Clint Jones (Parkview) 3:15

125: Quade Sewell (Parkview) dec. Dale Miller (Dacula) 7-5

130: Joe Epps (Brookwood) tech fall Kevin Bailey (Dacula) 16-0

135: Alex Hills (Parkview) fall Enrique Martinez (Berkmar) 1:29

140: Zack George (Grayson) dec. Alex Graham (Parkview) 8-2

145: Jack Dunster (Grayson) fall Lucas Austin (Shiloh) 5:53

152: Zeke Hunt (Dacula) dec. Kyle Smith (Brookwood) 7-3

160: Jesse Forte (Parkview) dec. Phillip Bowman (Dacula) 9-4

171: Chris Roman (Brookwood) dec. Rasheed Manson (South) 6-5

189: Paul Ardilla (Grayson) inj. def. Frank Gaddy (Parkview)

215: Matt Johnson (Parkview) dec. Corbin Nilson (Brookwood) 4-3

285: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Central) dec. Matt Elakatt (Parkview) 11-5

THIRD PLACE

103: Shaq Magee (Parkview) tech fall Justin Wofford (Shiloh)

112: Ryan Moseley (Shiloh) dec. Jonathan Daniel (Brookwood) 3-1

119: Tucker Kreis (Grayson) dec Gary Jackson (Shiloh) 3-1

125: Brian Dao (Berkmar) dec. Devon Fernandez (Central) 13-7

130: Taz Torbit (Parkview) maj. dec. Alen Mulametovic (Central) 13-5

135: Phillip Spain (Grayson) dec. Darius Bryant (South) 11-6

140: Thomas Veal (South) fall Joe Newman (Central) 3:14

145: Will Goodwin (Brookwood) fall Matt Anderson (Parkview) :32

152: Jonathan Hardwick (Grayson) dec. Ike Onike (Parkview) 7-2

160: Grady Bryant (Shiloh) dec. Blake Cunningham (Brookwood) 7-3

171: Alex Stewart (Dacula) fall Josh Beane (Grayson) :47

189: Billy Merfert (Shiloh) inj. def. Bobby Harris (Berkmar)

215: Brandon Cassidy (Grayson) dec. Bryson Turner (Dacula) 6-4

285: Phillip Pickens (Meadowcreek) fall Vincent Ogbonnia (Brookwood) 5:25

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Parkview, 220.50

2. Grayson, 174.50

3. Dacula, 150.50

4. Brookwood, 149.50

5. Shiloh, 95.5

6. Berkmar, 59

7. Central, 58

8. South, 54

9. Meadowcreek, 21