Staff Photo: John Bohn Ryan Mosley of Shiloh, celebrates his 138 pound match victory over Spencer Rickman of Collins Hill during the Class AAAAA State wrestling championships held Saturday.
DULUTH -- As soon as the final seconds ticked off, Ryan Mosley ran to the corner of the wrestling mat and jumped into the arms of his father Rufus and knocked him down.
It was a similar scenario for Mosley's opponents this season as he ran through all of them as well.
The Shiloh senior completed a perfect season by going undefeated on his way to the Class AAAAA 138-pound state championship on Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
"This was perfect," Mosley said. "If this were a dream, this is how I would have imagined it."
Mosley scored an escape and a takedown with less than 20 seconds left in the second period over Collins Hill's Spencer Rickman.
"I've been taught all summer to go until the last second," Mosley said.
In the third period, he rode Rickman and never allowed him to make a move for the 3-0 victory.
"I knew I could ride him out," Mosley said.
The victory gives Mosley his first state title after finishing third last year. He dominated this season with a 59-0 record and never allowed a takedown or reversal. He won numerous tournaments, including Gwinnett County, Area 8-AAAAA, East Sectional and now is a state champion.
"That kid has worked so hard," Shiloh coach Jose Helena said. "He never gives up."
Mosley is the first state champion for Shiloh since Justin Musarra won it in 2000.
Buford's Ness wins title for football team
Buford wrestler Chip Ness was on the sidelines of the Class AA football state finals when Calhoun linebacker Hunter Knight forced a fumble.
The turnover led to Calhoun kicking the game winning field goal and ending the Wolves' shot at a fifth straight title.
On Saturday in the Class AA wrestling state finals, Ness got a little revenge for Buford.
Ness put a 9-2 pounding on Knight in the 170-pound finals to win his second state championship.
"It feels about the same," Ness said of repeating. "This one is for the football team. I did this for them."
It took Ness a few minutes to let the nerves settle in the match, but once he built a 5-0 lead on Knight he began to deliver some punishment.
"That last 30 seconds was for the football team," he said with a grin.
The second state title completes another impressive year for Ness. He finished the season 48-0 with 37 pins and is 84-0 for his career.
"He's so talented and so gifted," Buford coach Gary McCroskey said. "He's been blessed with a lot of talent and works so hard."
Ness joins Heath Bowman, who won titles in 1995-96, as the only other two-time state champion from the school.
"He made Buford proud tonight," McCroskey said.
Alexander the great
Archer head coach Tom Beuglas is used to coaching state champions as the former coach at state power Parkview.
It was a little different feeling for Beuglas on Saturday as he watched Ernest Alexander win Archer's first state title.
"Over there we were expected to win one every year," Beuglas said. "This is a different feeling. Once you get that first one, it shows everyone else it's possible."
Alexander used a takedown with 19 seconds left to solidify his 5-2 win over Camden County's Michael Johnson in the 195-pound finals.
"It's 10 times better than I imagined," Alexander said of the championship. "I'm not going to lie, in that moment I was praying to God. I just give him all the glory."
Alexander finishes the season with a 67-4 record, which includes two losses to the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Alabama.
"It's pretty impressive for a guy that only started wrestling two years ago," Beuglas said.
Alexander was one of five state placers for Archer, who finished third in the team standings. Sam Bullard (106 pounds) was second, Hunter McCleskey (220) was third, Grant Aycox (120) and Zach Wright (138) were fourth. The Tigers return 13 of their 14 starters for next season.
"We set the bar pretty high from here on out," Beuglas said.
Alexander is the first state champion for Archer in it's three years of existence, but the junior doesn't expect to be the last.
"There will be many more," Alexander said.
Broncos' Cunningham wins title with pin
Earlier this month, Blake Cunningham signed a football scholarship with Wesleyan University (Conn.).
After winning the Class AAAAA state championship in wrestling, Cunningham may want to reconsider his college plans.
The Brookwood senior used a second-period pin over Lowndes' Stacey Wright to win the 285-pound state title.
"It's way more than I imagined," Cunningham said with a big smile of winning the title.
Cunningham was a standout offensive lineman on Brookwood's football team this season and got a late start to wrestling after the Broncos made the state playoffs. He hit the mat a week before the Gwinnett County meet and won the title. It began an impressive season of going 50-0.
"I can say I'm the hardest worker. I pushed it to the max," Cunningham said.
Cunningham's title ends Brookwood's long state title drought. He's the first state champ since Justin Hornsby in 1995 and the third in the program's history.
"We've been working for this for a long time," Brookwood coach Chris Cicora said. "He had the ability to win. He's had that look in his eyes the whole tournament."
GAC takes second in AA
Greater Atlanta Christian entered the Class AA state finals in second place and the Spartans finished as runner-up by one point.
Jefferson was the overwhelming favorite with 232 points for its 12th consecutive traditional state title. Only nine points separated second through fifth place. GAC had 88 points, Region 6-AA rival Lovett was in third with 87 points, Morgan County (85.5) was fourth and Elbert County (79) was fifth.
The Spartans had five state placers, the most ever in school history. The team was led by Zach Feuerbach's runner-up finish at 160 pounds. It's the second year Feuerbach took second.
Parker Fair (220 pounds) was third, Parker Embry (132) and Ethan Tolbert (152) were fourth and Caleb Bumpers (126) was fifth.