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Young Archer program wins first area crown

Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Kamaal Shakur, rear, wraps up Archer's Trey Rinehart in the 126 pound match of the Area 8-AAAAA wrestling championships held at Parkview High School Saturday. Parkview's Shakur won this 126 pound match.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Kamaal Shakur, rear, wraps up Archer's Trey Rinehart in the 126 pound match of the Area 8-AAAAA wrestling championships held at Parkview High School Saturday. Parkview's Shakur won this 126 pound match.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson's Nick Distasio, top, is taken down by Parkview's Khalil Shakur during the 152 pound Area 8-AAAAA wrestling championship match held at Parkview High School Saturday. Grayson's Distasio won this 152 pound match.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson's Nick Distasio, front, wrestles Parkview's Khalil Shakur in the 152 pound weight class during the Area 8-AAAAA wrestling championships held at Parkview High School Saturday. Grayson's Distasio won the match.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Kamaal Shakur, top, pins Archer's Trey Rinehart in the 126 pound weight class of Area 8-AAAAA wrestling championships held at Parkview High School Saturday.

LILBURN -- Parkview's gymnasium has seen Tom Beuglas win countless wrestling matches.

Beuglas coached the Panthers for 16 years, nine as head coach, guiding the Lilburn school to four team state championships.

On Saturday, Beuglas claimed another tournament trophy, only this time, the trophy would not be staying in the Parkview gym.

In just its third year, Archer qualified all 14 wrestlers for next week's Class AAAAA state sectionals at Tift County as the Tigers won their first region title in the Area 8-AAAAA traditional tournament at Parkview.

Archer, which was first with 271 points, crowned five tournament champions, while five more finished second.

"It was nice to win it back here," Beuglas said, who left Parkview to start the program at Archer. "The kids got to see pictures of coach (Kyle) McKee and me but we want to start our own tradition at Archer. Our goal was to get all 14 through and that's something we didn't do while I was here at Parkview."

Archer's roster has just one senior in Isaiah Hunt, who was upset in the semifinals by Parkview's Khalil Shakur with a 3-0 decision, but that setback didn't slow down the Tigers as 10 wrestlers made it to the finals.

Winning region titles for Archer were Sam Bullard at 106 pounds, Grant Aycox at 120, Elliot Lee at 182, Ernest Alexander at 195 and Hunter McCleskey at 285, with Bullard and Lee winning as freshmen.

"It's great to get this region title to get my confidence up," Alexander said, who was second in the region last year and sixth at state. "Our practices have been brutal, more intense that the tournaments at times. We go so hard, wrestling the whole time."

Second place went to Brookwood with 222 points, qualifying 11 for sectionals with four tournament champs.

Wyatt Jozwowski, the winner at 113 for the Broncos, trailed early in his bout with Archer's DaQuan Olbert to come back for a 6-3 decision.

The 132 match went to Troy Long, who held on for a 3-1 win over Brandon Weber of Archer, while Stephan Solamon pinned Allen Spain of Grayson, despite trailing 4-1 at the time of the pin, to claim the 160 match.

Blake Cunningham ended the day for the Broncos, narrowly beating Tommie Turner of Dacula 3-1 at 285.

"Blake has worked hard in the offseason and has come a long way," Brookwood head coach Chris Cicora said. "He's part of a good group of seniors and their leadership has helped our younger guys in setting their goals. We wrestled very well today."

Shiloh also had a strong showing, taking third at 139 with eight qualifying for sectionals.

Two Generals also won region titles in Grady Bryant at 170 and Ryan Mosley at 138. Mosley's win ran his record to 51-0 and gave him his third region title.

"He hasn't been scored on yet this year and is wrestling with a chip on his shoulder," Shiloh head coach Jose Helena said. "He is focused on one goal, winning a state title.

"I am so happy for our kids because we've worked so hard and busted our tails in practice. We only have three seniors and I really hope this group can stay together."

Three other schools took home a region winner in Grayson's Nick Distasio at 152, Parkview's Kamaal Shakur at 126 and South Gwinnett's Thomas Veal at 145.

Grayson was fourth in the team totals at 130.5 with six qualiefers, while Parkview was fifth at 124 with seven going to sectionals.

Dacula finished sixth at 99 points with four qualifiers, South seventh at 98, qualifying four, while Central placed eighth at 36 points with two qualifiers.

"When I got here, we were fortunate to get some of the best athletes in the school to come out," Beuglas said. "Those guys are juniors now and are starting to really learn how to wrestle. We've got some really good coaches and it's been a lot of fun."