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Eagles qualify nine for state wrestling tourney

TIFTON -- Collins Hill's shot at a fifth state championship won't be as easy as it has been in recent years.

The Eagles qualified nine wrestlers at Saturday's Class AAAAA East Sectional at Tift High School.

While it wasn't as many as the Eagles are used to qualifing, the ones that made it through have the potential to score a lot of points at next week's state tournament.

"We had some real tough draw in the match to place, so it kind of got rough," Collins Hill coach Josh Stephen said. "I felt we wrestled pretty well there. It was kind of the ones we expected to dominate that did."

Collins Hill had six sectional champions by Sean Russell (106 pounds), Ryan Millhof (113), Drew Ferguson-Mitchell (120), Steven Bradtmueller (132), Matthew Connell (160) and Andrew Krawulski (170).

"We got our bigs guys that are going to score big for us," Stephen said. "Everyone is going to be fighting to get in the finals. I think we have the potential to have seven or eight in the finals."

Spencer Rickman (138) was second, losing to Shiloh's Ryan Mosley 3-1 in the finals. John Bradtmueller (126) was fourth and Zach Carmin was sixth at 285 pounds.

"We want to get guys through. I felt we left guys at home that could score for us next week," Stephen said.

The top eight wrestlers from the sectional advance to the state tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, which begins on Thursday.

Archer had the most state qualifiers with 11 led by Ernest Alexander's championship at 195 pounds. Grant Aycox (120), Elliot Lee (182), Hunter McCleskey (220) were second, Sam Bullard (106) and Isaiah Hunt (152) were third, DaQuan Olbert (113) and Zach Wright were fourth, Brandon Weber (132) and Chaz Bentley (145) were, fifth, Trey Rinehart (126) was sixth and Jalen McCorvery (160) was eighth.

North Gwinnett had nine state qualifiers, led Dalton Daniel (126) and Michael Goulart (145) taking second. Jalen Brooks (195) and Alex Stoehr (285) were third, Hunter Franklin (113), Johnny Hyre (120) and Brett Byerly (220) were fifth, Justin Demorat (182) was sixth and Tim Akninranye (170) was eighth.

The following schools also had state tournament qualifiers.

Brookwood's Wyatt Jozwowski (113) and Troy Long (132) were third, Drew McCorkle (106), Gordon Lopez (145) and Stephen Solamon (160) were fourth, Alex Cao (126) and Caleb Harris (182) were seventh.

Parkview's Harrison Schmid (195) was second, Kamaal Shakur (126) was third, Jordan Matlack (138) and Khalil Shakur (152) were seventh, Will Anderson (120) was eighth.

Peachtree Ridge's Tre Horton (152) was first, Mac Shiver (132) and Nick Hoang (160) were second, Brandon Smith (138) was third.

Shiloh's Grady Bryant (170) was fifth, Adan Velasquez (113) and Harden Helm were seventh

Meadowcreek's Dante Bennett (120) was third, Ryan Moore (182) was fourth, Alex Steele (160) was sixth.

Grayson's Nick Distasio (152) was second, Allen Spain (160) was second, Jerrian Dragon (126) and Tommy Aluko (220) were eighth.

Dacula's Tommie Turner (285) was second, Keenan Doricent (106) was fifth and Sam Hurst (220) was sixth.

Mountain View's Adam Flatt (106) was second and Kenny Cook (113) was eighth. Norcross' Jordan Ritchie (145) was seventh and Tevin Shaw (106) was eighth. South Gwinnett's Thomas Veal (145) was third and Kendall Lawrence (182) was fifth. Central Gwinnett's Levion Lewis (145) was sixth and Ken Barry (195) was eighth. Duluth's Freddie Carpinello (132) was sixth.

"Gwinnett as a whole seems to be dominating and getting their guys through," Stephen said.

Greater Atlanta Christian also stood out at the Class AA sectional at Blessed Trinity. The Spartans had 11 qualifiers, led by Zach Feuerbach's championship at 170 pounds.

"Placement, to be honest, was really even with some of our kids," GAC coach Jeff Harsh said. "Some of our kids that got sixth could have very easily got third. As far as the number of kids that qualified, that's what I expected."

Also qualifying for the Spartans were Will Parker (138) and Parker Fair (220), who took second. Carter Clinebell (120) and Caleb Bumpers (126) were third, Brandon Bradley (113) was fifth, Kyle Zoicz (106), Parker Embry (132) and Ethan Tolbert (152) were sixth, Hunter Martin (195) was seventh and Dalton Duriz (170) was eighth.

Buford was led by defending state champion Chip Ness, who won the 170-pound weight class. Dima Aguero (182) was second and Brayden Hartley (120) was fourth.

Lawrenceville resident Justin Greene took fifth at 285 pounds for Westminster.