Walt Hennebaul had a passion for wrestling unlike any other.
He loved wrestling so much that when he passed away after a battle with cancer last December, Hennebaul wanted any donations made in his honor to be given to wrestling.
Mountain View wrestling coach Jim Gassman was a little surprised to find out that Hennebual's intention was to give all the money to the Bears' team. It's the same program that Hennebaul's grandsons are in at the youth and high school level.
"We were really blessed last year. He was a father for many people," Gassman said. "He died from cancer and wanted the donations to be given to Mountain View wrestling."
With the spirit of Hennebaul in mind, Gassman wanted to use the money for something everyone could use. The inaugural Mountain View Duals will feature a wrestling mat in Hennebaul's honor. It will feature's Hennebaul's name with the Bears' logo and Hennebaul's popular slogan 'Give back to wrestling.'"
"We came up with a mat that hundreds or thousands can use over the years," Gassman said. "We could have bought uniforms that a few people can use, but we thought a mat that thousands can use would be better."
The mat will get plenty of action in the 10-team tournament on Saturday. Greater Atlanta Christian and Whitewater, who qualified for the state duals last year, are the favorites going into the tourney.GAC getting revengeGreater Atlanta Christian is off to the best start in school history. The Spartans are 14-1 and have a pair of wins over teams that beat them last season.
GAC defeated Flowery Branch 51-12 after losing 39-24 to the Falcons last year. They also have a 38-22 win over North Forsyth after losing 54-11 last season.
Parker Fair (220 pounds) is undefeated at 14-0 and has 10 pins. Freshman Kyle Politz (106) is 14-1 with nine pins and senior Caleb Bumpers (126) is 8-0.Archer off to fast startThird-year program Archer is off to fast start this season. The Tigers have been in the finals of three tournaments this season, winning the Centennial Duals and Tigers Duals. Archer's (14-1) only loss was to defending state champion Collins Hill in the finals of the Alexander Duals.
The Tigers have three undefeated wrestlers in Hunter McCleskey (15-0), Ernest Alexander (15-0) and Isaiah Hunt (10-0). Sam Bullard (14-1) and DaQuan Olbert (13-2) are also off to strong starts.
Archer will compete in the Southern Slam in Greenville, S.C., this weekend.Porter building Parkview with youthFirst-year Parkview coach Josh Porter is having to build the program back to prominence slowly. The Panthers will travel to South Carolina to compete in the Southern Slam this weekend and Porter will have six freshmen and three sophomores in the lineup.
Sophomore Kamaal Shakur is 6-2 this season with one loss coming to defending state champion Jeremiah Lutz from Etowah.Broncos get first lossesAfter winning the Dacula Falcons Duals two weeks ago, Brookwood got its first losses on Saturday. The Broncos had to forfeit two matches to North Gwinnett and lost 38-32 at the Centennial Turkey Trot Duals. They also lost to North Forsyth 48-24. Brookwood got wins over Centennial (45-30) and Woodward Academy (52-28) at the tournament.
Junior Drew McCorkle is 9-0, senior Tory Long is 7-0 and freshman Stephen Solamon is 8-1.Sophomore standoutsBuford has a trio of sophomores that are off to a strong start this season.
Defending state champion Chip Ness (182 pounds) is 6-0, while teammates Eric Lisiakowski (113) is 6-0 and Brayden Hartley (126) is 5-1. Senior Brent Floyd (132) is also 6-0 for the Wolves.Moore unbeaten
for MustangsMeadowcreek's Ryan Moore is undefeated with a 9-0 record this season. Moore picked up three wins during Meadowcreek's meet on Tuesday. The Mustangs dropped to 6-3 on the season after losing to Jackson County (42-36), Flowery Branch (51-21) and GAC (49-27).
Robert Nguyen (113 pounds) and Dante Bennett (120) also had three wins on the day. The duo improved to 8-1 on the season.
Alex Steele lost his first match of the year on an 8-4 decision to GAC's Ethan Tolbert.