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WRESTLING PREVIEW: Team-by-team

Area 8-AAAAAA

Archer

Coach: Tom Beuglas

2012-13 dual record: 32-0

Returning Starters:

• Vinny Artigues, Soph. 106

• Chris Diaz, Soph. 126

• Grant Aycox, Jr., 132

• Sam Bullard, Jr. 138

• Thomas Bullard, Soph. 152

• Daniel Bullard, Soph. 160

• Elliott Lee, Jr. 182

• M.J. Couzan, Sr., 285

Others to watch:

• Gio Fernandez, 113

• Alex Standridge, 120

• Trey Rinehart, 145

• Garrett Miller, 170

• Quinn Miller, 195

• Robbie Armstrong, 220

• Jacob Lill, 220

Outlook: In its fourth year of existence, Archer won the Class AAAAAA dual and traditional state championships. The Tigers graduated Daily Post Wrestler of the Year Earnest Alexander, but return a strong part of their lineup. The team has seven returning state placers, including state champs Thomas and Daniel Bullard and Couzan. Aycox and Diaz were state runner-ups, while Sam Bullard was third and Lee was sixth. That should give the Tigers plenty of firepower to contend for another state title. The addition of Miller, a seven-time kids state champ, will help as well.

Coach Beuglas’ take: “We finished as state champions and ranked No. 33 in the nation last year. With a good group of those kids returning, we hope to build on that and repeat as State Champions and move up the national rankings. We will compete in S.C., Tenn., Missouri and Ohio this year, and hopefully that national competition gets our kids ready to win another state championship. With only three projected seniors in the lineup this year, our team will still be young, but most of these kids already have a lot of experience in big matches and big tournaments, which should help them be successful this season.”

Berkmar

Coach: Mike Lancaster

2012-13 dual record: 19-20

Returning Starters:

• Jose Acosta, Jr., 220

• Alessandro Araujo, Jr., 120

• Brian Atsu, Sr., 160

• Ethan Castaneda, Sr., 152

• Darshaughn Lee-Green, Sr., 285

• Nick Luu, Soph., 106

• David Torres, Sr., 195

Others to Watch: • Mamadou Somahoro, Jr., 182 • Brian Sweet, Soph., 126 • Kendall Castaneda, Fr., 113

Outlook: The Patriots have seven returning starters, but the rest of the lineup will lack experience. Acosta and Castaneda were area runner-ups last season. Lancasater hopes to build a strong work ethic with assistant coach Brian Shieber’s offseason program.

Coach Lancaster’s take: “As coaches, our expectations for the year are much like any other year for us. We expect our kids to compete to the best of their ability and we feel that we have the opportunity for each kid with a little luck and hard work to have a shot to qualify for state. After that, everything else will take care of itself.”

Brookwood

Coach: Chris Cicora

2012-13 dual record: 29-8

Returning starters:

• Austin Williams, Soph., 106-113

• Thanh Nguyen, Sr., 120-126,

• Zeke Johnston, Sr., 126-132

• Miles Nolan, Soph., 145-152

• James Pham, Sr., 152-160,

• Stephen Solamon, Jr., 170-182

• Jeremy Quarshie, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

• Ethan Cole, Jr.

• Jacory Griffen, Soph.

• Peter Danouy, Soph.

• Marcelo Claverino, Sr.

• Tommy Thai, Sr.

• Shane Diefretes, Soph.

Outlook: The Broncos have been one of the state’s top dual teams in recent years, placing fourth at state a year ago. The team has seven returning starters and is once again in the hunt for a trip to Macon for the state duals. Nguyen and Solamon are returning state qualifiers.

Coach Cicora’s take: “Over the last couple of years it’s no secret that we have done very good in team duals, but have not finished strong in traditional. We have put some strategies in place to hopefully change that this season. However, another successful offseason I feel has prepared us to once again be competitive at area and state, but we have to stay healthy, focused and understand that each day is building block to our success. We lost some heavy hitters from a year ago, but have gained several motivated young men who are led by a sound group of seniors. This group has already shown a lot of promise and will continue to get better everyday out. Our coaches are looking forward to a fun year with a great group of kids.”

Central Gwinnett

Coach: Kyle Norred

2012-13 dual record: 9-15

Returning starters:

• Leivon Lewis, Sr., 152

• Mathew Watkins, Sr., 145

• Marcus Thompson, Sr., 152/160

• Jose Fanfan, Sr., 160

• Carlos Linares, Sr., 195

Others to watch:

• Efren Rivera, Jr., 138

• Keshawn Laws, Fr., 106

Outlook: Norred enters his third year at Central and has the most kids in the room with about 70. That’s up from about 50 last year. The downside is many of those kids are first-year wrestlers, so experience is limited. Lewis and Watkins are returning state qualifiers. Lewis is ranked No. 1 in the state and is a two-year placer, finishing third last season.

Coach Norred’s take: “We’re trying to keep the consistency of the kids out all year and building on last year. We’re trying to get these seniors on the podium and finish them out with a strong year. We also want to build on some of the young kids coming in.”

Dacula

Coach: Wes Cooper

2012-13 dual record: 16-12

Returning starters:

• Marcus Nelson, Jr, 126

• Pablo Correa, Sr, 138

• Nathaniel Hinton, Jr.

• Demarco McInnis, Soph., 152

• Preston Mitchell, Sr, 170

• Zach Pierce, Sr., 160

• Josh Lovin, Sr., 220

Others to watch:

• Dewayne Harris, Sr., 113

• Taylor McGee, Soph,

• Lj Johnson, Soph.

• Jaime Arroyo, Soph.

• Walker Baylor, Jr.

Outlook: The Falcons return seven starters, but the rest of lineup will be very young with limited mat experience. That will be a concern the first part of the season. Nelson is the team’s top returners after qualifying for the state meet last year.

Coach Cooper’s take: “We have a young team this year that I feel is very athletic. I feel that our biggest weakness will be the inexperience that a lot of our kids will have at the varsity level. I look for these kids to mature quickly and for us to have a successful season.”

Grayson

Coach: Mike Stephen

2012-2013 dual record: 15-9

Returning Starters:

• Josh Dominguez

• Ben Sewell

• Javaughn Anderson

• Davion Radford

• Logan Kadel

• Alex Distasio

Others to Watch:

• Martin Mai

• Nigel Jones

• Zachary Mooney

• Cameryn Brent

• Maynor Benitez

• Elijah Mackey

Outlook: Grayson’s strength will be in the lower and middle weights this season. The Rams return three state qualifiers in Sewell, Dominguez and Anderson and the trio will be the heart of the lineup. The upper weights don’t have quite the experience, but some new faces could help the lineup.

Coach Stephen’s take: “We just want to work to improve every day at every weight in preparation for the postseason tournaments in both team and individual. Our core group this year understands what it will take in order for us to achieve our goals this year.”

Parkview

Coach: Josh Porter

2012-13 dual record: 13-10

Returning starters:

• Kamaal Shakur, Sr., 145/152

• Andrew Webb, Jr., 138/145

• Will Anderson, Jr., 152/160

• Alex Pham, Sr., 182/195

• Niel Wempe, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

• Reese Dalton, Fr., 106/113

• Hasan Corley, Jr., 152/160

• Jake King, Soph., 160/170

Outlook: Parkview’s strength is in the middle weights where the Panthers return three state qualifiers in Shakur, Webb and Anderson. Shakur was third at state in 2012 and missed last season with a kneed injury. He has come back strong by winning a preseason national tournament. Webb was sixth at state last season. The Panthers will get plenty of exposure as Porter, who is in his third year, takes the team to the Southern Slam (S.C.), Cleveland Duals (Tenn.), McCallie Invite (Tenn.) and the Governor Mifflin Holiday Invite (Pa.).

Coach Porter’s take: “We graduated a state champ and another state placer from last year, but return two other state placers. We will be looking for some young kids to step and help us achieve our season goals.”

Shiloh

Coach: Clinton Lawrence

2012-13 dual record: n/a

Returning starters: • Chad Williams Sr. 145 • Idell Gladney Sr. 138

Others to watch: • Marcus Ginyard, Jr.

Outlook: Lawrence takes over the Generals’ program and is the third head coach in as many seasons. Lawrence, who is the football team’s offensive line coach, inherits a young program. Gladney is the team’s top returner after qualifying for the state meet last season.

South Gwinnett

Coach: Greg Revis

2012-2013 dual record 3-8

Returning starters:

• Vaseun Smith, Sr., 138

• Anthony Sack, Jr., 145

• Anthony Bonds, Jr., 160

• Austin Williams, Jr., 182

• Tanner Dyer, Jr., 195

• Brandon Harris, Jr., 152

• Chris Myers, Soph., 132

• Jamal Reid, Soph., 285

Others to watch:

• Dallis Cash, Sr., 145,

• Bryan Islas, Jr., 160,

• Kareem Arnold, Soph., 170

Outlook: Revis is in his third year as the Comets’ head coach and is making progress with the program. The team is expected to have a full lineup this year, which wasn’t the case the last two seasons. In addition, the lineup will feature upper classmen with valuable mat time. Revis is hoping that will translate into some success. The addition of assistant coaches Scott Garmon, a Central Gwinnett grad, and Josh Pinckney, a former wrestler in Minnesota, should help.

Area 7-AAAAAA

Collins Hill

Coach: Josh Stephen

2012-13 dual record: 22-10

Returning starters:

• Codi Russell, Soph., 113

• Sean Russell, Sr., 120

• Ryan Millhof, Sr., 126

• Griffin Riley, Jr., 132

• Michael Roquet, Sr., 145

• Zach Parker, Jr., 160

• Aubrey Johnson, Sr., 182

• Drew Martin, Jr., 195

• Kyle Henschel, Jr., 220lbs/285

Others to watch:

• Joseph Hernandez, Soph., 138

• Tavion Askew, Soph., 152

Outlook: Collins Hill returns seven state qualifiers from last year’s state runner-up team. The Eagles are led by defending state champions Sean Russell and Millhof, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation in their weight class. Codi Russell was fourth at state and Roquet was fifth. This year’s team should be more balanced that last year’s, but the upper weights will be the difference in competing for a state crown.

Coach Stephen’s take: “My expectations are the same as every other year which is to win another state championship. Archer will be very strong, but if my bigger weights and inexperienced wrestlers step up, we can be competitive come the state tournament.”

Duluth

Coach: Chris Kiefer

2012-13 dual record: 3-8

Returning Starters:

• Alex Brown, 220

• Rodney Jones, 170

• Algy Fonts, 126

• Tevion Coleman, 152

• Chase Martin, 145

• Ben Greer, 138

Others to watch: • Larry Davis, 285

Outlook: Kiefer takes over the Wildcats’ program and is the third head coach in as many seasons. The Illinois native spent last season at Banneker and the previous year at North Gwinnett. Kiefer has already begun to invest in Duluth by starting a youth program. In the mean time, he’ll have to work with what’s in the room. Brown was a state qualifier a year ago and has the potential to place along with Jones.

Coach Kiefer’s take: “We’re trying to build a self-sustaining program. We took two to state last year, but hope to take four this year. We also started a youth program this year.”

Meadowcreek

Coach: Richard Shumacher

2012-13 dual record: 30-12

Returning starters:

• Eduardo Garcia-Canedo, Soph., 113

• Malik Saunders, Sr., 113-120

• Tony Pham, Sr., 126

• Raymond Washington, Jr., 132

• Tim White, Sr., 132-138

• Nihgee Eddington, Sr., 138

• Adeniyi Henderson-Harden, Jr., 145

• William Bailey, Jr., 152

• Antonio Bailey, Jr. 170

• Ogunlana Henderson-Harden, Sr., 182

• Ryan Moore, Sr., 195

• Mardale Hobley, Sr., 195-220

Others to watch:

• Edy Padilla, Soph., 106 Transfer from Roswell

• Derron Jones, Jr., 132 Transfer from Norcross

• Lamarcus Bailey, Soph., 285

• Anderson Bui, Jr., 132

• Erik Trotman, Soph., 120

• Xavier Hicks, Soph., 113

Outlook: Schmuacher is in his fifth year at Meadowcreek and has built the Mustangs into a legitimate contender. They placed fourth at the county meet last year, the highest finish in almost 20 years. This year’s squad returns 12 starters, including three state qualifiers. Moore is the team’s top returner after placing fifth at state a year ago. Depth is a concern in the upper weights, but the Mustangs should be strong in the rest of the lineup.

Coach Schumacher’s take: “This could be our most balanced team ever but our ranks are very thin. We also have a very challenging schedule. Considering that, if we can stay healthy and improve as the season progresses, we could become a very good team. Our goals are high, we finished fourth in Gwinnett County last year and need to improve on our Area 7 place of last year.”

Mill Creek

Coach: Rodney Potter

2012-13 dual record: 12-14

Returning starters:

• Wesley Peterson, Sr., 138

• Marcos Rosenkjet, Sr., 145

• Cody Wheeler, Jr., 152

• Matthew Felbaum, Sr., 182

• Ardy Velez, Sr., 195

• Bobby Klemm, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

• Garret Basco, Soph., 120

• Jesus Ramos, Sr., 145

• Egor Provotorov, Jr., 160

Outlook: Now in his fourth year as head coach, Potter is expecting to see a change in the program this season. The Hawks dedicated themselves to a tough offseason training program and Potter believes that will help them. Rosenkjet is the team’s top returner after placing sixth at state last season.

Coach Potter’s take: “This season we are expecting some of our kids who have been around for a few years now to show that they have the ability to beat the great kids from around the state in the close scoring matches. We have quite a few kids who have dedicated themselves to the sport through the off-season and who should have the confidence to expect to win now, every time they step on the mat.”

Mountain View

Coach: Jim Gassman

2012-13 dual record: 31-6

Returning starters:

• Adam Flatt, Jr., 126

• D.J. Schrenk, Jr., 145

• Octavian Jarda, Sr., 182

Others to watch:

• Justin George, Soph., 120

• Austin Brown, Soph., 182

Outlook: The Bears graduated seven senior and four state qualifiers, so experience will be limited. The good news is they have depth at every weight class. Flatt is the team’s top returning wrestler after placing fifth at state last season. The junior was also runner-up at Cadet Nationals. Jarda was a state qualifier last year and has the potential to earn a medal this season.

Coach Gassman’s take: “We have a talented group of young wrestlers that will be expected to replace the seven varsity seniors and four state qualifiers that graduated last year. These young wrestlers have worked hard and we’re excited to see how they respond to being in the varsity lineup this year.”

Norcross

Coach: Andrew Kucera

2012-13 dual record: 13-8

Returning starters:

• Nick Jones, Sr., 170

• Tevin Shaw, Sr., 126

• Michael Cunningham, Sr., 132

• Carlos Champaign, Sr., 138

• Dante Wilder, Sr., 152

• Michael Gaylor, Jr., 170

• Tim Brown, Sr. 285

• Juan Espino, Jr., 145

Others to watch:

• Nick Fox, Jr.

• Gavin Treadaway, Fr.

• Jermaine Hall, Jr.

Outlook: Kucera enters his second year as the Blue Devils’ head coach and likes the direction of the program. The Blue Devils have about 60 wrestlers in the room, which is more than 20 last year. Kucera, a 2005 Norcross grad, has been impressed by the team’s senior leadership. Jones, Cunningham and Gaylor are the team’s top returners. Jones was hurt last season, but was a sectional qualifier in 2012. Cunninghah and Gaylor qualified for the state tournament last season.

Coach Kucera’s take: “This year we’ve got a lot of hard working hard nosed guys willing to put in the work and willing to do what it takes to win. If we can get the seniors to lead the way I know they can and everyone buys in then we’ll be more successful than last year. We want to place in the area duals. That’s our biggest goal for the year.”

North Gwinnett

Coach: Phil Daniel

2012-13 dual record: 31-9

Returning starters:

• Todd Small, Soph. 106

• Hunter Franklin, Sr., 132

• Alex Wilkerson, 138/145

• Donavan Haynes, Sr.

• Tyler O’Rear, Sr., 160

• Avery Elford, Jr., 170

Others to Watch:

• Blake Burns, Fr.

• Heath Hoeffner, Soph.

• James Brantley, Jr.

• Justin Lewis, Fr.

• TreCheion Moore, Soph.

• Keishon Forte, Fr.

• Noah Lyman, Sr.

• Shavar Henry, Sr.

• Tyler Wilson, Sr.

• Alex Mollette, Soph.

Outlook: The Bulldogs graduated most of their lineup from a year ago and will rely on last year’s varsity backups and JV starters to fill the gaps. North has three returning state qualifiers in Franklin, Haynes and Elford. Franklin was third at state last season, while Elford was a county champion. Wilson is poised for a breakout season after wrestling behind a pair of state placers for three years.

Coach Daniel’s take: “I expect us to be in the growth stages early in the season and we will get better as the season goes on. Our kids are begging to get in the wrestling room and we will be tough by the end of the season. I look forward to seeing this bunch in January and February at every level we should be a tough out.”

Peachtree Ridge

Coach: Sean Page

2012-13 dual record: 6-8

Returning starters:

• Thomas Mulkey, Jr., 106

• Santiago Canon, Sr., 113

• Kariem Alasady, Sr., 132

• Adam Llyod, Jr., 138

• Brady Vaughn, Sr., 145

• Johnny Parr, Sr., 152

• Abel Leonardo, Sr., 160

• Alex Byrd, Sr., 195

• J.J. Stewart, Soph., 195

• Kelvin Lora, Jr., 220

Others to watch:

• William Shiver, Jr.

• William Broniec, Jr., 170

Outlook: Page enters his 10th year at Peachtree Ridge and second season as head coach. He inherited a young program last year, but hopes that valuable mat time will translate into success this season. The Lions are led by Leonoardo, who qualified for the state tournament last season.

Coach Page’s take: “We hope to return as a top four team in our area, but with the level of competition in our area getting better every year it will be a struggle. That being said, we have a great group of kids in our program with over 10 wrestlers last year achieving scholar-athlete status, despite being one of the most diverse teams in the state. Our team is made up of Koreans, Iraqis, Haitians, Africans, Japanese, Mormons and even wrestlers with disabilities, one in a wheel chair and another who falls under the autism spectrum. We embrace our diversity and have created an atmosphere of family, which will eventually make us one of the best programs in the state.”

Area 8-AAAA

Lanier

Coach: Nick Brenner

2012-13 dual record: n/a

Area 7-AAA

Buford

Coach: Rob Carlyle

2012-13 dual record: 16-10

Returning starters:

• Chip Ness, Sr., 195

• Brayden Hartley, Sr., 132

• Eric Lisiakowski, Sr., 145/152

• Cole Allen, Sr., 138/145

• Darius Bunch, Jr., 113/120

• Bo Baldwin, Jr., 138/145

• Preston Kell, Jr., 220

• Jack Barber, Soph., 120/126

• Michael Buhler, Soph., 106

Others to watch:

• Eli Hartley, Fr., 106

• Trent Ferguson, Fr., 126/132

• Ty Reece Soph., 160

• Rodolfo Guillen, Jr., 138/145

Outlook: Buford placed fourth at the state meet last season, the highest finish in school history. Now Carlyle, who is in second season as head coach, hopes to build on that success. It shouldn’t be too hard with four state placers returning in state champs Ness, Barber and Hartley and third-place finisher Bunch. The Wolves also added Guillen, a fifth-place finisher in Class AAAAAA at Norcross last year.

Coach Carlyle’s take: “We have the potential to be one of the top teams in Class AAA this season and that is something we have set our goals on since the summer. The guys have been putting in the work in the offseason and if they stay focused it will pay off at the state meet.”

Area 6-AA

GAC

Coach: Jeff Harsh

2012-13 dual record: 23-7

Returning starters:

• Hunter Hemmings, Jr., 113

• Austin Phan, Soph., 120

• Kyle Politz, Jr., 132

• Emeritus Morris, Jr., 138

• Carter Clinebell, Sr., 145

• Aiden Jarrett, Soph., 170

• Rory Alston, Jr., 182

• Mitchell Shea, Sr., 220

• Alex Jarrett, Sr., HWT

Others to watch:

• Justin van Leeuwen, Jr., 106

• Wyatt Vaughn, Jr., 126

• Josh Snyder, Soph., 152

• Brooks Rice, Soph., 182

Outlook: The Spartans have emerged as one of the state’s top programs in recent years, finishing in the top 10 at state the last three seasons. They were fifth last year and should be among the state title contenders again this year. The Spartans return nine starters, including three state placers. The group is led by Clinebell, who was second, Politz was third and Hemmings was fourth.

Coach Harsh’s take: “I feel confident that this team will surprise some folks this year. We will have to wait on at least four of our starters until the end of football season which may be six weeks into the wrestling season. We might take some lumps here and there as a dual meet team, but we have some kids who I expect to place in all of the tournaments they enter this year. I see us making a big push around the time of Area Duals in January.”

Wesleyan

Coach: Dennis Stromie

2012-13 dual record: 5-6

Returning starters:

• Jake Mosley, Sr., 152

• Matthew Moratti, Sr., 138

• Joey Gaddis, Soph., 145

• Haydon Koch, Soph., 126

Others to watch:

• William Delk, Fr., 106

• Chase Kelly, Soph., 120

Outlook: The Wolves only had one state qualifier last year and that was state champion Rhett Delk, who graduated. Stromie is in his third season at the Norcross private school and is still building the program. The Wolves are one of the smallest schools in Class AA and filling out a full lineup is difficult. Mosely is the team’s top returner after placing fifth at area last season.

Coach Stromie’s take: “We’re still building our numbers to try and build the program. We only have two seniors and the rest of the squad are underclassmen. We’re trying to bring that group along and build a competitive team that can fill out an entire lineup with 14 weights. Our wrestlers are working hard and are very coachable.”