DULUTH - Alan Gigolaev knows how to make Peachtree Ridge coach Danny Sinnott's heart race.
The Lions' senior won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Friday in overtime to reach today's Class AAAAA 160-pound finals.
"He's such a great kid," Sinnott said. "He brings so much respect and honor to the sport. He really deserves to be in the finals. I can't say enough about him."
Gigolaev used a triple overtime pin in the quarterfinals over Pope's Brandon Savransky. Then he needed an overtime takedown to beat Camden County's Tim Gilbert in the semifinals.
The wins set him up for a state championship match with two-time champion Taylor Knapp from Collins Hill.
"We're going to bring all we've got out there," Sinnott said. "Knapp is a stud."
Gigolaev will join teammate Sam Kuntz in the state finals. The 189-pounder beat Collins Hill's Mac Bennett in the semis and will take on Walton's Jeff Olsen.
Aslan Gigolaev battled through the consolation bracket at 152 pounds, earning a top-six finish.
Hunt faces Mitchell again
Dacula's Noah Hunt is 0-2 against Collins Hill's T.J. Mitchell, but the two will meet one last time in the Class AAAAA 119-pound state finals.
Hunt, a state champion in Class AAAA last year, lost to Mitchell in last week's state sectional. Mitchell, who was a state champ in Class A at Wesleyan in 2007, beat Hunt the first time at last year's Gwinnett County finals.
Parkview without a finalist
For the first time since 1995, Parkview will not have a wrestler in the state finals.
The Panthers had a chance to put two in today's finals, but Alex Hillis and Matt Elakatt lost in the semifinals.
The Panthers' 13-year run of a state finalist was the longest in Gwinnett County.
Buford's Voss advances to finals
Buford's Nick Voss advanced to the Class AA state finals with his win in the 145-pound weight class.
Voss was one of two Wolves in the semifinals, but defending state champion Scottie Forrester (152) lost due to injury default in the second period.
Billy Anderton (135) battled through the consolation bracket to reach today's semifinals and secure a top-six finish.
Wesleyan puts six in Class A finals
Wesleyan put the most wrestlers ever in the state finals when it qualified six on Friday.
Brooks Spraetz (112), Tyler Hediger (135), Colin Genthert (160), Michael Douglas (171), Cole Watson (189) and Andrew Uria (215) all won their semifinal matches.
"It was a good night for us," Wesleyan coach Jeff Plunk said. "We'll see how it goes tomorrow. Bremen has six in the finals, so it's going to be tough. But this was a big night for our program."
Josh Tolman battled back through the consolation bracket and will be a top-six placer and Zach Rindik will wrestle in the consolation semis after losing Friday night.