STATE WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Archer takes big lead at state meet

MACON -- Archer took a commanding lead at the Class AAAAAA traditional state wrestling tournament on Friday.

The Tigers had 10 wrestlers in the semifinals and advanced seven to today's state finals at the Macon Centreplex.

Archer, which won the dual state title last month, has 203 points. Five-time defending state champion Collins Hill is in a tie for second place with Camden County with 90.50 points. Parkview and North Gwinnett are tied for ninth place with 37 points.

Archer's only state champion Ernest Alexander will defend his title at 195 pounds. He'll have some company in the championship round with Grant Aycox (126), Chris Diaz (132), Daniel Bullard (138), Thomas Bullard (145), Zach Wright (152) and M.J. Couzan (285) in the finals.

DaQuan Olbert (113), Sam Bullard (120), Orlando Nawade (160), Elliot Lee (170) and Hunter McCleskey (220) will wrestle in the consolation semifinals.

Collins Hill's Sean Russell and Ryan Millhof will defend their state titles as well. Russell is a two-time state champion and Millhof has reached the finals the last two years.

Cody Russell (106), Michael Roquet (145), Jimmy Gall (152) and Anthony Codella (160) are in the consolation semis.

Brookwood's Wyatt Jozwowski (132), Mountain View's Adam Flatt (106) and Sterling Pyles (152), North Gwinnett's Hunter Franklin (126), Timi Akinniranye (182), Brett Byerly (195) and Jalen Brooks (220), Mill Creek's Marcos Rosenkjer (138), Peachtree Ridge Karar Alasady (145) and Central Gwinnett's Levion Lewis (145) remain in the consolation semifinals. All of them are guaranteed to place in the top six at the state tournament.

Parkview's Shakur reaches finals

Parkview has had more than 30 state champions in its rich wrestling tradition. The Panthers haven't had a title winner since 2008, but Khalil Shakur can end that streak today.

Senior won his 160-pound semifinal match over North Forsyth's Matt Carroll to reach today's state finals.

The Panthers only had one state placer last year under first-year head coach Josh Porter. They will have three this year with Andrew Webb (126) and Harrison Schmid (195) in the consolation semifinals.

Mustangs get two state placers

Meadowcreek hasn't had a state placer since 2001, but the Mustangs will snap that streak today. Meadowcreek's Rene Deluna and Ryan Moore reached the medal round on Friday.

Deluna (132) and Moore (182) will wrestle in the consolation semifinals and can finish anywhere between third and sixth place.

Meadowcreek hasn't had a state placer since Wesley Holmes took fourth in 2001 at 152 pounds.

Norcross' Guillen secures medal spot

Norcross hasn't had a wrestler on the state podium since 2004, but sophomore Rudy Guillen changed that on Friday.

Guillen became the first Norcross wrestler to place at the state tournament since Darnell Jones did in 2004 when he finished third. He'll wrestle in today's consolation semifinals, securing a top six finish.

Guillen won the Region 7-AAAAAA championship despite missing the first half of the season due to football. The sophomore has a 20-2 record this season, which includes a runner-up finish at the state sectional.

Buford puts three in finals

Buford is on the cusp of placing at the Class AAA state tournament.

The Wolves are in fourth place with 60.50 points. They trail Woodward Academy (94.50), Oconee County (86) and Banks County (80).

Buford will get a boost in its points with four wrestlers still in the tournament, including three in today's finals.

The group is led by two-time defending state champion Chip Ness at 170 pounds. Jack Barber (113) and Brayden Hartley (126) are also in the finals.

Darius Bunch will wrestle in the consolation semis.

GAC has five placers

Greater Atlanta Christian set a school record with five state placers last season. The Spartans will match that total today. GAC advanced five wrestlers to the medal round on Friday, including Carter Clinebell in the 132-pound Class AA finals.

Hunter Hemmings (106), Brandon Bradley (113), Kyle Politz (120) and Trent Scates (138) remain in the consolation semis.

Wesleyan's Delk reaches finals

Wesleyan's Rhett Delk will wrestle for the Class AA 170-pound state championship today.

The senior is a three-time state placer, including third place the last two years. Delk missed the first half of the wrestling season with an injury from football. He has a 19-0 record, which includes region and sectional championships.