Archer reaches state wrestling finals

MACON -- Archer's wrestling team is one win away from winning the program's first state championship.

The Tigers defeated Rockdale in the semifinals of the Class AAAAAA dual state championship on Friday at the Macon Centreplex.

Archer will face defending state champion Camden County, who defeated Collins Hill in the semis, in today's state championship match.

It will be the first time since 2007 that the Eagles will not wrestle for the state title.

Collins Hill, which took second at last year's state duals after winning four straight titles, lost to Camden 31-22 in the semifinals on Friday.

Collins Hill moves to the consolation bracket of the double elimination tournament where it will await the winner of the North Forsyth vs. North Gwinnett match.

North defeated Kennesaw Mountain in the first round, but lost to Archer in the second round. The Bulldogs defeated Alcovy 46-24 and need a win over North Forsyth to finish in the top six.

Archer defeated Lowndes 62-10, North Gwinnett 45-15 and Rockdale 66-3 to reach the state finals. Archer, which is in its fourth year of existence, beat Camden 39-20 in a dual in early December.

Brookwood, which placed sixth at state last year, is also still in the tournament. The Broncos beat Douglas County 55-12 in the first round and lost to Camden 58-15 in the second round. They defeated Roswell 33-30 and will face Wheeler today. A win will secure a top-six finish again and they will face Rockdale in the next round.

Gwinnett has put a team in the state finals the last 11 years. Collins Hill has won the most titles with five, followed by McEachern with three and Parkview with two.