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Eagles take early lead at state wrestling tourney

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan  Collins Hill's senior Steven Bradtmueller defeats West Forsyth's junior Tanner Horak in the 132 pound weight class during the Georgia AAAAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Thursday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill's senior Steven Bradtmueller defeats West Forsyth's junior Tanner Horak in the 132 pound weight class during the Georgia AAAAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Thursday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill's freshman John Bradtmueller defeats Milton's senior Bobby Cookson in the 126 pound weight class during the Georgia AAAAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Thursday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Collins Hill's senior Steven Bradtmueller defeats West Forsyth's junior Tanner Horak in the 132 pound weight class during the Georgia AAAAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Thursday.

DULUTH -- Collins Hill wrestling coach Josh Stephen wanted his team to get nine pins during the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday.

The Eagles managed to get six, but Stephen was still happy.

The bonus points put Collins Hill in first place after day one of the Class AAAAA state tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

"That was big time," Stephen said. "I told them I wanted nine pins, that would have been huge."

The Eagles scored 32.5 points to take first place. They lead Camden, who scored 28 points, Archer was third (27), North Gwinnett was fourth (21.5) and Lassiter was fifth (16). Brookwood was in eighth with 13.5 points.

Collins Hill entered the tournament with just nine wrestlers in the 14 weight classes. Camden County qualified the most with 13, but had four losses in the first round.

"You can't win the tournament on the first day, but you can lose it," Archer coach Tom Beuglas said. "I think Camden did that for Collins Hill."

Collins Hill got pins from Sean Russell, Ryan Millhof, Spencer Rickman, Matthew Connell, Andrew Krawulski and Zach Carmin.

Steven Bradtmueller won by technical fall, while Drew Ferguson-Mitchell and John Bradtmueller also had wins.

"To get them all through, especially with Camden losing so many, I was pleased," Stephen said.

The three-day tournament resumes today with the first round of the consolation. The quarterfinals are at 11 a.m. and the semifinals at 7 p.m.

"(Today) is the really important day," Stephen said.

Archer sends seven to quarters

Archer qualified 11 wrestlers for the state tournament, the second most in Class AAAAA. The Tigers had seven advance for today's quarterfinals.

"I was kind of hoping for nine, but things don't always go the way you planned," Archer coach Tom Beuglas said.

The Tigers got wins from Sam Bullard, DaQuan Olbert, Trey Rinehart, Zach Wright, Isaiah Hunt, Ernest Alexander and Hunter McCleskey.

Jozwowski vs. Olbert, again

Brookwood's Wyatt Jozwowski and Archer's DaQuan Olbert have had some tight matches this season and the two will meet again today in the 113-pound quarterfinals.

The season series is tied 2-2 with Jozwowski winning the last two meetings.

"It's always tight," Archer coach Tom Beuglas said. "It either goes to overtime or is decided by two points."

The winner puts himself in good position to reach the state finals.

Gwinnett vs. Gwinnett

Several Gwinnett County wrestlers will meet in the quarterfinals today. It's a pivotal round because the winner assures placement in the state tournament.

Here are some of the notable Gwinnett vs. Gwinnett matches:

-- Mountain View's Adam Flatt will face Archer's Sam Bullard in the 106-pound quarterfinals. Both were county runner-ups earlier this season.

-- North Gwinnett's Hunter Franklin will face Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof, a state runner-up last season, at 113 pounds.

-- Peachtree Ridge's Mac Shiver will wrestle Brookwood's Troy Long at 132. Both were runner-ups at the county meet. Shiver beat Long at the sectional tournament last week.

-- Peachtree Ridge's Brandon Smith, a third-place finisher last year, will face Collins Hill's Spencer Rickman, a two-time state runner-up, at 138 pounds.

North pins to next round

North Gwinnett qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament and six advanced on Thursday. Of the six wins, five came by way of pin.

Hunter Franklin, Dalton Daniel, Jalen Brooks, Brett Byerly and Alex Stoehr won by pin. Michael Goulart also advanced to the quarters.

Franklin will face Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof, a state runner-up, in the next round. It was one of several big matches for the Bulldogs.

"All of them are huge," North Gwinnett coach Phil Daniel said.

GAC advances seven

Greater Atlanta Christian qualified 11 wrestlers for the state tournament and had seven advance after the first day.

Carter Clinebell, Caleb Bumpers, Parker Embry, Will Parker, Ethan Tolbert, Zach Feuerbach and Parker Fair will wrestle in today's quarterfinals.

Wesleyan sends two to tourney

Class A will begin its state tournament today and Wesleyan will have two wrestlers in the tourney.

Rhett Delk is 41-8 at 170 pounds, while Brent Hornbuckle is 22-11 at 152 pounds.