Collins Hill's Sean Russell
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Collins Hill wrestlers Ryan Millhof and Sean Russell have been two of the state's top wrestlers in recent years.
The juniors made a name for themselves at the national level on Saturday.
Millhof and Russell won the NHSCA junior national championship at the Viriginia Beach Convention Center.
"It was awesome giving Collins Hill a little love and the whole state of Georgia a lot of recognition," Millhof said.
Millhof and Russell were part of a succesful group of Georgia wrestlers at the tournament, including several from Gwinnett County.
Defending state champion Archer had three wrestlers shine at the freshman national tournament. Twin brothers Daniel (138) and Thomas (145) Bullard won national titles, while Chris Diaz (132) was third to earn All-American honors. Greater Atlanta Christian's Aiden Jarrett was eighth at 160 pounds.
Millhof became a three-time national champion with his 9-3 victory over Virginia's Cameron Timok at 120 pounds. Millhof is a two-time state champion and is ranked No. 5 in the nation.
"It's always exciting," Millhof said of winning. "I love to compete."
Russell defeated Indiana state champion Zack Davis in the semifinals 1-0 and took down one of the country's top wrestlers in the 113-pound finals. Russell, a three-time state champion and ranked No. 5 in the country, defeated Deleware's Brent Fleetwood, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the nation according to Flowrestling.com.
"I knew I had a good chance of winning it," Russell said.
Bremen's Joe Stroud (138) was eighth in the freshman tournament. In the sophomore tournament, Gordon Lee's Jonathan Ragsdale (106) was seventh, Lumpkin County's Greg Hilliard (120) was eighth, Carrollton's Jake Adcock (132) was third, Bremen's Brock Cooper (132) was fifth and Marist's Kenneth Brinson (195) was first.
Pope's Jake Henson (152) was sixth at junior nationals, while Commerce's Chance McClure (195) was first, Appalachee's Matthew Moore (220) was third and Pope's Joey Tabachino (220) was fifth.
Buford state champion Chip Ness placed second at the Flo Wrestling national championship on Saturday at Indiana University.
Ness, a three-time state champion, lost to New Jersey's Johnny Sebastian 9-2 in the 182-pound finals. Sebastian is ranked No. 8 in the nation and Ness is ranked No. 13.