Wrestling preview: Team-by-team capsules

Area 8-AAAAA


Coach: Tom Beuglas

2010-11 record: 24-5

Returning Starters:

-- DaQuan Olbert, Jr., 120

-- Zach Wright, Jr., 138

-- Chaz Bentley, Soph., 145

-- Isaiah Hunt, Sr., 152

-- Robby Kwarteng, Jr., 170

-- Ernest Alexander, Jr. 195

-- Hunter McCleskey, Jr., 220

Others to watch:

-- Sam Bullard, Fr., 113

-- Elliot Lee, Fr., 160

Outlook: Archer is in its third year and the program is still growing. The Tigers won the Region 8-AAAAA dual title last season and placed 11th at the traditional tournament. Archer lost its best wrestler in state runner-up Ryan Millhof when he transferred to Collins Hill. The Tigers still have five state qualifiers coming back and a lot of talented youth in the waiting.

Coach Beuglas' take: "The freshmen coming into our program get better each year. We have some very good 9th and 8th grade kids that will be three and four year starters for us, so our outlook over the next four to five years is very good. We also have several kids that are juniors this year that have been starters since the school opened they have matured and will be very tough to beat as well as provide us with good team leadership. With our schedule getting better every year, the competition level should help our kids grow and develop into a championship-caliber team in the upcoming years."


Coach: Mike Lancaster

2010-11 record: 9-19

Returning starters: none

Others to watch:

-- Ted Lauder, Jr., 220

-- Rehmat Khan, Jr., 138

-- Hai Huynh, Jr., 120

Outlook: Berkmar will take some lumps early in the season as it breaks in an entirely new starting lineup. The Patriots do not have any seniors on that team and will rely on wrestlers with just two years experience. Berkmar won't be much of a factor in duals as it struggles to piece a full lineup together, but the Patriots should get stronger by the end of the year in traditional meets.

n Coach Lancaster's take: "As always, our wrestlers will work hard and hopefully we will develop that 'winning attitude' as the season progresses."


Coach: Chris Cicora

2010-11 record: 10-10

Returning starters:

-- Wyatt Jozwowski, Soph., 119

-- Alex Cao, Sr., 132

-- Troy Long, Sr., 138

-- Gordon Lopez, Sr., 145

-- Josh Moore, Jr., 170

-- Terrell Anderson, Jr., 220

-- Blake Cunningham, Sr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Thanh Nguyen, Soph., 106

-- Drew McCorkle, Jr., 113

-- Stephen Solamon, Fr., 160

-- Caleb Harris, Soph., 182

Outlook: Brookwood has to replace seven starters with little or no varsity experience. The Broncos may struggle as they try to fill out their lineup, but the team should once again be in the mix to qualify for the state duals. Jozwowski and Cunningham are the team's two returning state qualifiers, but Cicora feels he can get several others to state.

Coach Cicora's take: "Each year we strive to qualify for the state dual championships and to send as many wrestlers as possible to the state traditional championships. This year is no different. We feel we are once again a contender in our region and have individuals who are capable of making some noise at the traditional championships. I am excited about this young group and looking forward to the year."

Central Gwinnett

Coach: Kyle Norred

2010-11 record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Sheldon Miller, Soph. 106

-- Kasean Cobbs-Walton, Jr., 120

-- Levion Lewis, Soph. 138

-- Michael Watkins, Sr., 132

-- Matthew Watkins, Soph., 145

-- Kenith Barry, Jr., 195

-- Braden Glover, Soph., 220

-- Dwayne White, Soph., 285

Others to Watch:

-- Jose Lagares, Soph., 120/113

-- Tony Do, Jr., 120/113

-- Efren Rivera, Soph., 145/138

Outlook: Norred is Central's third head coach in four years, replacing Tom Bartollota, who took a coaching job in Macon. Norred brings a wealth of experience as a four-time state qualifier at Kennessaw Mountain and coaching at Campbellsville University last season. The Black Knights graduated their best wrestler in Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell), but have a group of young and talented wrestlers. State qualifiers Lewis and Cobbs-Walton, who took fifth at state, return for the Black Knights.

Coach Norred's take: "Central has a great group of kids out this year that are hard workers and have tons of room for improvement. This is a team that will continue to get better and better as the year goes on."


Coach: Wes Cooper

2010-11 record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Sam Hurst, Sr., 220

-- Luis Ruiz, Sr., 138

-- Keneon Doricent, Jr., 106

-- Tommie Turner, Sr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Oniel Rodriguez

-- Kevin Acurio

-- Mitchell Murphy

-- David Sainvilus

-- Brendan Mcallister

-- Marcus Nelson

-- Jowan Kearse

-- Josh Lovin

Outlook: Cooper inherited a senior-laden squad in his first year last season. Now Cooper has the task of rebuilding the squad. The Falcons have to replace 10 starters, but have several young and talented wrestlers waiting in the wings. Hurst is the team's only returning state qualifier.

n Coach Cooper's take: "After graduating 10 starters, we will be a very young team. We have a great group of young men who are hard workers and look forward to the challenge of replacing last year's senior class."


Coach: Mike Stephen

2010-11 record: 15-11

Returning starters:

-- Matt Sewell, Sr., 106/113

-- Jerrian Dragon, Sr., 126

-- Devrick Thomas, Jr., 132

-- Jonathan Dragon, Sr., 138

-- Nick Robinson, Jr., 145

-- Nick Distasio, Sr., 152

-- Allen Spain, Sr., 160

-- Tommy Aluko, Jr., 220

-- Fred Zerblis, Sr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Ben Sewell, Soph., 106

-- Ian Allen, Soph., 113

-- Javaughn Anderson, Soph., 120

-- Josh Dominguez, Soph., 120

-- Luis Galvan, Sr., 170/182

Outlook: Grayson returns nine starters off last season's squad that was a top 20 team at the state meet. The Rams should be able to build on that with a team that has state qualifiers Distasio and Zerblis coming back. Grayson has enough experience coming back that it should be able to make a run for a state duals berth, but the Rams need to develop some depth in the uppers weights.

n Coach Stephen's take: "I expect to work to get better every day training for area, sectional and state competition. Our goal is to win the area and place as many kids as possible at the state tournament. I expect for our guys to be very competitive at all these tournaments. Right now it's just expecting them to work hard every day in the room. The rest will take care of itself."


Coach: Joshua Porter

2010-11 record: 24-8

Returning starters:

-- Garrett Miller, Soph., 106/113

-- Kamaal Abdushshakur, Soph., 126/132

-- Jordan Matlack, Sr., 132/138

-- Harrison Schmid, Jr., 195/220

Others to watch:

-- Hodges Willis, Sr., 138/145

-- An Vu, Jr., 106/113

-- Khalil Abdushshakur, Jr., 152/160

-- Alex Pham, Soph., 160/170

-- Neil Wempe, Fr., 285

Outlook: First-year coach Porter has the tough task of rebuilding Parkview into a state power. The former Harrison assistant coach replaces Chris Hardin, who moved to Florida. Parkview placed 15th at last year's state meet and has struggled to crack the top 10. It may be another year or two before the Panthers are challenging for a trophy. The Panthers have a very young team, especially in the upper weights. Sophomore Miller is the only returning state qualifier.

Coach Porter's take: "We are going to be a very young team this year. There are going to be a lot of freshman and sophomores battling for starting spots in the varsity line up. If they grow up quick, we can be an exciting team to watch."


Coach: Dr. Jose Helena

2010-11 record: 15-7

Returning starters:

-- Ryan Mosley, Sr., 132/138

-- Adam Carter, Sr., 145/152

Others to watch:

-- Adan Velasquez, Jr., 113/120

-- Idell Gladney, Soph., 132

-- Keith Thicklin, Jr., 195

-- Quesi Cato, Jr., 170

Outlook: Shiloh has a very young and inexperienced squad this season. Mosely, who was a county champion and third at state last year, is the Generals' best wrestler. Carter was a state qualifier, but after those two there's a big drop off. The Generals will use the first half of the season to get more wrestlers in the room and try develop some others in hopes of qualifying for the state sectionals.

Coach Helena's take: "My main objective is to continue to recruit throughout the year and hopefully have a full varsity team by the end of the year. We are looking for someone to help build and run our middle school program."

South Gwinnett

Coach: Greg Revis

2010-11 record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Tre Thompson, Sr.

-- Kris Weekes, Sr.

-- Kendall Lawrence, Sr.

-- Thomas Veal, Sr.

-- Kendall Cole, Sr.

-- Zamane Ward, Jr.

-- Alan Hannah, Soph.

-- Damarco Flint, Soph.

Others to watch:

-- Gabriel Galarza

-- Austin Clark

-- Sean Tynsdale

-- Gibran Williams

-- Dallas Cash

-- Tyquan Downing

-- Ethan Cole

Outlook: Revis is in his first season as South's head coach and is the third different coach in as many years. The Comets have eight starters back, led by state qualifier Veal. South does not have experience at every weight class, so the team will struggle early in duals. The Comets have the potential to get several wrestlers to the state sectional.

Coach Revis' take: "Our success will depend on how quickly we all buy in to going all out in practice and on the mat."

Area 7-AAAAA

Collins Hill

Coach: Josh Stephen

2010-11 record: 28-2 (losses to High Point, NJ and Easton, PA)

Returning starters:

-- Sean Russell, Soph., 106

-- Drew Ferguson, Sr., 120

-- Todd Headlam, Sr., 126

-- Steven Bradtmueller, Sr. 132

-- Spencer Rickman, Jr., 138

-- Matthew Connell, Sr., 170

-- Andrew Krawulski, Sr., 182,

-- Zach Carmin, Sr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Ryan Millhof, Soph., 113

-- Jonathan Hernandez, Sr., 145

-- Anthony Codella, Jr., 152

Outlook: Collins Hill has won the last four Class AAAAA dual and traditional state titles and it doesn't look like they will relinquish the trophy anytime soon. The Eagles return eight state qualifiers, including champion Russell and runner-ups Ferguson-Mitchell, Rickman and Bradtmueller. The Eagles also added Archer transfer Millhof, who was second at state last year. Those guys will make the first half of their lineup very tough, but the Eagles still need to gain some experience in the middle weights. Collins Hill's only dual losses last year were to nationally ranked High Point, N.J. and Easton, Pa. The Eagles will once again compete with a national schedule, traveling to six out of state tournaments.

Coach Stephen's take: "Our team should be very similar to last year's although I do feel we can do better when we travel as well as at the Gwinnett Arena. We have some weights that need to develop but it should be a great year. We just need to stay healthy and do the right things everyday and we should contend to repeat at state."


Coach: Steve Fairchild

2010-11 record: 7-14

Returning starters:

-- Joel Hardwick, Jr., 113

-- Freddie Carpinello, Sr., 126

-- Joseph Harris, Jr., 138

-- Anderson Wells, Jr., 170

Others to watch:

-- Devin Ruiz, Jr., 145

-- Vandy Da, Soph., 132

Outlook: Fairchild returns as the Wildcats' head coach. The former UGA wrestler coached Duluth in the late 1990s. He replaces Ed Bobo, who stepped down in the offseason. Fairchild has the tough task of building the Wildcats' program, but it's something he is committed for the long haul. Duluth hasn't had a state qualifier the last two years and only has one senior in Carpinello on the roster.

Coach Fairchild's take: "We have several new faces on the coaching staff, and on the team roster. My goal is for the athletes that walk out on that mat to wrestle with heart and have a command of the basics."


Coach: Richard Schumacher

2010-11 record: 27-13

Returning starters:

-- Robert Nguyen, Jr., 113

-- Dante Bennett, Sr., 120

-- Rene Deluna, Jr., 126

-- Angelo Pineda, Sr., 132

-- Emmet Doe, Sr., 145

-- Alex Steele, Sr., 160

-- Ogunlana Harden, Soph., 170

-- Ryan Moore, Soph., 182

-- Montral Brown, Sr., 220

-- Alejandro Lucio, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

-- DeWayne Harris, Soph.

-- Travo Scott, Fr., 106

-- Mohammad Khan, Jr., 113

-- Victor Truong, Sr. 195

Outlook: Schumacher was the Daily Post's Coach of the Year after leading Meadowcreek to its best season in more than 25 years by setting a school record for dual victories. Now in his third year, the veteran coach will try to build on last season's success. The Mustangs return 10 starters, including Steele who set the school record for pins with 32 last year. Meadowcreek should get help from Truong, a move-in from Michigan that will add depth to the upper weights.

Coach Schumacher's take: "Coach (Melton) Hardee and I are looking forward to improving on our record 27-win season of last year. Our schedule is much tougher and includes an out-of-state trip. Six of our returnees went deep into the East Sectional last year and we hope to improve on that as well."

Mill Creek

Coach: Rodney Potter

2010-11 record: Duals 9-18

Returning starters:

-- Wesley Peterson

-- Bryan Bain

-- Marcos Rosenkjer

-- Nick Shaw

-- Chandler Hogan

-- Chandler Knox

-- Alex Bridgewater

Others to watch:

-- Devin Nalley

-- Andrew Klemm

-- Matt DiPaulo

-- Davis Blough

-- Matthew Felbaum

Outlook: Mill Creek got its first state champion in Austin Hagan last season. Hagan is now playing football at Georgia Southern and the Hawks are hoping to get another state placer this season. Potter is in his second year as head coach and is still trying to build depth and experience. The Hawks have seven returning starters, but there's a big drop off after that.

Coach Potter's take: "Continuing to build and looking for returning starters to step up for big wins this season."

Mountain View

Coach: Jim Gassman

2010-11 record: 14-16

Returning starters:

-- Preston Berger, Soph., 113

-- Kenny Cook, Jr., 120

-- Tony Torres, Jr., 126

-- Kacey Gutierrez, Jr., 132

-- Calin Fisteag, Sr., 138

-- Sterling Pyles, Jr., 145

-- Tim Lee, Jr., 145

-- Jake Gandara, Jr., 160

-- Jamal Tull, Sr., 195

-- Chiedozie Enworom, Sr., 220

Others to watch:

-- Adam Flatt, Fr., 106

-- Kevin Truglio, Jr., 113

Outlook: In its third year, Mountain View is hoping to take the next step in becoming one of the top programs in the county. The Bears return 10 starters, including state qualifier Tull. Mountain View lacks some experience and depth at some weights, but has good numbers in its room so that shouldn't be a problem for long. Flatt was a successful youth wrestler and should bolster the lineup this season.

Coach Gassman's take: "Our team continues to grow and become more experienced. We have had a core group of wrestlers working hard during the off-season wrestling in other states to gain experience that hopefully will prove beneficial during the season."


Coach: Jason Burton

2010-11 record: 3-16

Returning starters:

-- Nick Diaz, Soph., 120

-- Zuri Cudjoe, Soph., 126

-- John Shepke, Soph., 132

-- Jordy Cano, Sr., 138

-- Gaspar Matias, Sr., 145

-- Jordan Ritchie, Jr. 152

-- Antonio Coss, Jr., 160

-- Tommy Savoy, Sr., 170

Others to watch:

-- Tevin Shaw, Fr., 106

-- Ted Dickinson, Soph., 182

Outlook: Norcross had a considerably down year last season with just three dual wins. The Blue Devils bring eight starters back and that experience should make Norcross a lot more competitive. The Blue Devils haven't had a state qualifier since 2008.

Coach Burton's take: "Norcross looks to bounce back from an off year in 2010-11 with an outstanding group of freshman and a core group of returning team members."

North Gwinnett

Coach: Phil Daniel

2010-11 record: 22-6

Returning starters:

-- Hunter Franklin, Soph., 113

-- Dalton Daniel, Sr., 126

-- Spencer Byrd, Sr., 145

-- Michael Goulart, Sr., 152

-- John Roark, Jr., 182

-- Carl Rider, Sr., 195

-- Brett Byerly, Jr., 220

-- Alex Stoehr, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

-- John Hyre, Jr., 120

-- Donavan Haynes, Jr., 120

-- Ebow Danso, Jr., 130

-- Tyler O'Rear, Soph., 138

-- Taylor Morris, Sr., 138

-- Avery Elford, Fr., 160

-- Timi Arakanye, Jr., 170

-- Justin Demorat, Jr., 170

-- Jalen Brooks, Jr., 195/220

Outlook: In his fourth year as head coach, Daniel is beginning to see some progress. The Bulldogs qualified for the state duals last season and placed sixth at the traditional tournament. North returns eight staters, which includes five state qualifiers and runner-up Rider. Hyre, Demorat and Brooks were JV King of the Hill champions, which should help bolster the lineup. Arakanye is a move-in from Wisconsin and will add depth to the team.

Coach Daniel's take: "We are very solid with a lot of experience in our starters returning with most of these guys having to wrestle early in their career and taking some lumps early to be better today. We have improved a lot at certain weights with guys wrestling all summer and taking advantage of some of the training centers week in and week out. When we get all the pieces of the puzzle in place we should be a very solid team."

Peachtree Ridge

Coach: Danny Sinnott

2010-11 record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Gavin Cagle, Soph., 126

-- Daniel Williams, Sr., 126

-- Jonny Parr, Soph., 132/138

-- Mac Shiver, Sr., 138

-- Brandon Smith, Sr., 145

-- Tre Horton, Sr., 152/160

-- Nick Hoang, Sr., 152/160

-- Casey Harrison, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Will Shiver, Fr., 106/113

-- Eric Lee, Jr., 113

-- Kareim Al-asady, Soph., 120

-- Murtaza Bambot, Jr., 120

-- Karar Al-asady, Jr., 160/170

-- Steven Perez, Sr., 160/170

-- Phillip Galioto, Jr., 170

-- Abel Leonardo, Soph., 182

-- Josh Wahl, Sr., 195

-- Andrew Ferguson, Jr., 220

-- Corey Cramer, Soph., 220/285

Outlook: Peachtree Ridge has been one of the state's top traditional teams in recent years. The Lions took fourth last year and have three state qualifiers back. The loss of two-time state champion Tsvetomir Petrushev, who was hit by a car in the offseason, will hurt the Lions. Peachtree Ridge has a room full of talented and unproven wrestlers that should help bolster the lineup and make them a contender again in AAAAA.

Coach Sinnott's take: "We had a solid summer and preseason. Our guys are working really hard and we look forward to a great season."

Area 6-AA


Coach: Gary McCroskey

Returning starters:

-- Chris Boulware, Sr., 145

-- Brent Floyd, Sr., 132

-- Michael Lane, Sr., 152

-- Nathan Matson, Sr., 285

-- Steven Thrasher, Jr., 154

-- Dima Aguero, Jr., 195

-- Brandon Brinson, Jr., 285

-- Chip Ness, Soph., 170

-- Eric Lisiakowski, Soph., 106

-- Cole Allen, Soph., 120

-- Brayden Hartley, Soph., 132

-- Dylan Dailey, Soph., 138

Outlook: Buford put together a very young roster last season filled with freshman and sophomores. Those young wrestlers gained valuable experience and McCroskey is hoping that will pay off this season. The Wolves have 12 starters back led by sophomore Ness, a state champion last year. Boulware, Agrero and Dailey were also state qualifiers last season.

Coach McCroskey's take: "The Wolves, which were very young last year, should have several returners coming back including two state placers."


Coach: Jeff Harsh

2010-11 record: 21-8

Returning starters:

-- Brandon Bradley, Jr., 113

-- Carter Clinebell, Soph., 120

-- Caleb Bumpers, Sr., 126

-- Parker Embry, Sr., 132

-- Trent Scates, Jr., 138

-- Will Parker, Sr., 138/145

-- Will Hemby, Sr., 145/152

-- Ethan Tolbert, Sr., 152/160

-- Zach Feuerbach, Sr., 160/170

-- Dalton Duriez, Sr., 170/182

-- Hunter Martin, Jr., 195

-- Parker Fair, Sr., 220

-- Brayden Long, Soph., 285

Others to watch:

-- Kyle Politz, Fr., 103

Outlook: Expectations are high for GAC this year. The Spartans turned in one of the best season's in school history last year by qualifying for the state duals and placing in the top 10 at state. GAC returns 13 starters off last year's team, making them a title contender in Class AA. Seven state qualifiers are back, including runner-up Feuerbach.

Coach Harsh's take: "The 2011-12 Spartans look to improve upon their top 10 finish at the state tournament from last season and also try to match their top four finish at the state duals. This is a very experienced line-up, including nine seniors on the team vying for starting positions. We also hope to make a big impact in the county this year in our varsity and JV competitions."

Area 8-AAA


Coach: Nick Brenner

2010-11 record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Zack Garner, Soph.

-- Adarius Griffin, Soph.

-- Rashaud Hood, Sr.

-- Christian Jaggie, Soph.

-- Edy Lee, Jr.

-- Hector Lopez, Jr.

-- Cullen Moss, Jr.

-- Cody Pitts, Jr.

-- Chauncy West, Jr.

-- Grey Williams, Soph.

-- Justin Metcalf, Soph.

Others to watch:

-- Christian Martinez, Fr., 113

Outlook: This is the second year for Lanier's program. The Longhorns have a lineup filled with mostly underclassmen for first-year wrestlers. This will be a building year for the program.

Coach Brenner's take: "We are still a very young team but we have had good participation in the off season to make significant improvement. Many of our guys are looking to make more of an impact in a much more demanding schedule."

Area 5-A


Coach: Dennis Stromie

2010-11 record: 5-9, 4th at State, 2nd at Area

Returning starters:

-- Connor Fitzpatrick, Jr., 112

-- Jake Mosley, Soph., 125

-- John McCleskey, Jr., 135

-- Brent Hornbuckle, Sr., 140

-- Rhett Delk, Jr., 152

-- Alexander DuBose, Jr., 160

Outlook: Stromie is in his first year as Wesleyan's head coach after a successful four-year run at West Forsyth and nearly 20 years at Parkview. Stromie replaces Jeff Plunk, who stepped down to be an assistant and focus on other duties. Stromie inherits a very successful program. The Wolves are consistently a top five program and challenge for the Class A state title. That shouldn't change this year with six returning starters back, including state placers Fitzpatrick, Delk and Hornbuckle back.

Coach Stromie's take: "We have some talented wrestlers returning this year. We have to increase our numbers to build the program. Our challenge this year will be recruiting new Wesleyan students to the sport so we can field a full lineup."