Buford's big name
Forrester looking to defend state title

When it comes to wrestling, Buford's tradition is not as rich as its powerhouse football program. But that doesn't diminish what Scottie Forrester has accomplished the last four years.

The Buford senior is arguably the best wrestler to walk the halls of Buford High School. He's one of three Wolves to ever win a state title, he's a four-time area finalist and two-time champion.

"I like knowing that I'm putting Buford on the map for something other than football and softball," Forrester said. "I get a lot of pride out of that. Every time I go out there I can make a name for Buford wrestling."

The Forrester family has certainly done its part to help Buford wrestling.

For the last three years, the most popular member of the family has been his younger sister, Tia, made headlines by competing in the male-dominated sport. Tia was a four-time state qualifier and still comes back to Buford and practices with wrestlers.

"When she started coming and working with our lightweights, they got better," said Buford coach Gary McCroskey said, who also counts on the Forresters' father Scott as an assistant coach.

In addition to his success at area and state, Forrester has managed to put his name atop the Buford and Gwinnett County record book. He has 199 career wins and 138 pins, both school records. Only Heath Bowman and Nick Harford had won state titles at Buford before Forrester, who could become the team's first three-time state placer.

His 199 wins are tied with Parkview's Jesse Miller for the second most in Gwinnett County history and his 138 pins are the most in county history.

"He's a kid that has worked very hard the last four years," McCroskey said.

Central sophomore ties county pin record

Central Gwinnett standout Jacob Aiken-Phillips tied the county record for most pins in a season with 42 on Saturday at the Area 8-AAAAA tournament. The sophomore standout needs just one pin to break Brookwood's Chris Matyac's record from the 2005-06 season.

With a strong state tournament, Aiken-Phillips could break Central's school record for wins in a season, which he set last year with 56.

Aiken-Phillips, who wrestles in the 285-pound weight class, has 49 wins this season with eight possible matches over the next weeks.

Hillis eyes county win record

Alex Hillis needs just three wins this weekend to set the Gwinnett County record for most wins in a season.

The Parkview senior has 62 after claiming the 135-pound Area 8-AAAAA championship on Saturday. Former Parkview teammate Carson Fields set the county win record with 64 last year on the way to a state championship.

Quick timers

Collins Hill's T.J. Mitchell and Joel Smith spent little time on the mat during Saturday's Area 7-AAAAA tournament.

Mitchell (119 pounds) won all three of his matches by first-period pin, spending a total of 3 minutes, 19 seconds on the mat. Smith (140) needed just 4:38 to win all three of matches by pin.

SideBar: Wrestling

· What: State Sectionals

· When: Friday-Saturday

· Where:

· Class AAAAA East Sectionals - Camden County

· Class AA East Sectionals - Jefferson

· Class A East Sectionals - Social Circle

· Noteworthy: The top eight wrestlers from each weight class in each sectional will advance to the state tournament in Gwinnett next week.