DULUTH - Colin Genthert missed one mark in his high school career.
He is the first back-to-back state champion for Wesleyan. He won 50 matches his senior season. With him on the team, Wesleyan earned three straight state runner-up finishes in the traditional tournament. But it's his school record 99 pins that slightly irk the 160-pound wrestler.
"I was hoping to get 100," Genthert said after pinning Social Circle's Shane Brown to win his second consecutive state wrestling title. His semifinal match ended in a knockout, depriving him of 100 pins.
No. 99 came easily.
Genthert pinned Brown, who he faced twice earlier in the year, in the first minute after recovering from an early takedown to win in the first period.
"He took me by surprise in the beginning, but once I recovered I knew I was going to be fine," Genthert said.
Genthert's win was the first of four individual state championships for the Wolves, who claimed their third consecutive state runner-up finish. Joining Genthert with hands raised were Michael Douglas (171), Andrew Uria (215) and Cole Watson (189). Before Saturday, only three Wolves had won state titles in the school's history.
Also placing for the second-place Wolves were Brooks Spraetz (112) and Tyler Hediger (135) in second, Josh Tolman (140) in fifth and Zach Rindik (119) in sixth place.
"I am so happy and proud of our seniors," said Wesleyan coach Jeff Plunk. "I feel like we have established ourselves as one of the top programs in the state."
Douglas agrees. He is the fourth in a line of wrestling brothers and said winning only garnishes his love.
"I like wrestling by itself, even if I never won," he said, after smiling his way through the final minute of his win over Treutlen's Patrick Lowe.
Douglas held Lowe on his back for the final 61 seconds of the third period, at one point looking up and grinning at his family, happy to hold on for the Douglas' first state title.
"They were telling me to pin him, but at that point I didn't really care. I knew it was over," Douglas said. "This is the first (state championship) in the family. We have had four wrestlers. This was my senior year. My last chance. It was exciting, I am not going to lie."
Endurance, more than excitement, defined Uria's win. Uria jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on Irwin County's Chris Powell and held on for a 6-4 decision.
"He was a good athlete and I am sort of out of shape," said Uria, who returned to wrestling after spending his junior year away from the sport. "This has been a great experience. I have never really had team camaraderie like this before.
"They all care and want to win."
Watson withstood a nearly period-long stall from Irwin's Kaleb Grimsley, winning 8-7.
"He was just so strong," said Watson, who wore Grimsley down through the three periods. "He was definitely gassed."
Watson, like Wesleyan, built and worked his way to the top. As a sophomore he placed fifth at state. Last year he finished runner-up.
"It's majestic," he said of his state title. "We have the best group of leaders a team could ask for."
Voss takes down Lovett's Domanico
With 12 seconds left in the third period of Nick Voss' title match against Lovett's Daniel Domanico, he trailed by one point and nearly had Domanico on his back.
A second later, the whistle blew, giving Voss the two points for the takedown and a state champion for Buford at 145 pounds.
"I knew I had to make a move to win it," the senior Voss said. "I said, 'I've just got to take him down.'"
He did it just in time for his first state title. Domanico was the defending champ at 140 pounds.
Voss had lost to Domanico twice this season, making his win for the state title slightly sweeter.
"I came out on top when it really mattered," he said.
His win helped lead Buford to an 11th-place finish in Class AA.
Buford also had state placers in Billy Anderton (135) in third place and Scottie Forrester (152) in sixth place.
Also in AA, Travis Elrod (130) took fourth for GAC.
The following wrestlers placed at the traditional state tournament:
Gary Tiller, Collins Hill, 152
Joel Smith, Collins Hill, 140
Taylor Knapp, Collins Hill, 160
Bazell Partridge, Collins Hill, 103
T.J. Mitchell, Collins Hill, 119
Sam Kuntz, Peachtree Ridge, 189
Nick Voss, Buford, 145
Colin Genthert, Wesleyan, 160
Michael Douglas, Wesleyan, 171
Cole Watson, Wesleyan, 189
Andrew Uria, Wesleyan, 215
Noah Hunt, Dacula, 119
Alan Gigolaev, Peachtree Ridge, 160
C.J. Collins, Collins Hill, 215
Brooks Spraetz, Wesleyan, 112
Tyler Hediger, Wesleyan, 135
Nick Isburgh, Grayson, 112
John Allgood, Collins Hill, 125
Billy Anderton, Buford, 135
Paul Ardilla, Grayson, 189
Caleb Sawchuk, Collins Hill, 112
Travis Elrod, GAC, 130
Sam Hoppenbrouwer, Collins Hill, 145
Aslan Gigolaev, Peachtree Ridge, 152
Rasheed Manson, South Gwinnett, 171
Mac Bennett, Collins Hill, 189
Corbin Nilson, Brookwood, 215
Jacob Aiken-Phillips, Central Gwinnett, 285
Joe Epps, Brookwood, 130
Zach George, Grayson, 140
Josh Tolman, Wesleyan, 140
Jack Dunster, Grayson, 145
Zeke Hunt, Dacula, 152
Nick Holbert, Collins Hill, 171
Matt Johnson, Parvkiew, 215
Matt Elakatt, Parkview, 285
Brandon Bullock, Dacula, 103
Zach Rindik, Wesleyan, 119
Josh Harrison, Mill Creek, 130
Alex Hillis, Parkview, 135
Carl Rider, North Gwinnett, 152
Scottie Forrester, Buford, 152
Thomas Delain, Collins Hill, 285