Collins Hill’s Ryan Millhof and Buford’s Chip Ness made history for Georgia high school wrestling on Sunday.
The duo the won coveted belt at the Super 32 in Greensboro, N.C., one of the nation’s most prestigious pre-season wrestling tournaments.
“It was amazing. We both got a chance to cheer each other on and make history,” Millhof said. “Georgia has never had two Super 32 champions in the same year and we were the first.”
Only three Georgia wrestlers have ever won Super 32 and all of them are from Gwinnett County. Central Gwinnett’s Jacob Aiken-Phillips was the first in 2010. Millhof captured the title last season and repeated this year, while Ness won his first.
“It means everything to win it. It was a lot of hard work,” Millhof said.
Collins Hill’s Sean Russell, who was runner-up at last year’s tournament, placed third in the 120-pound division.
Ness, a North Carolina commitment, is a three-time state champion for Buford. The senior placed fourth at last year’s Super 32 and defeated Oklahoma’s Derek White 4-2 in the 195-pound finals.
Two-time state champion Millhof used a 3-1 overtime win over Pennsylvania’s Zeke Moisey in the semifinals of the 126-pound bracket. Millhof, an Oklahoma commitment, then beat Pennsylvania’s Dom Forys 3-0 in the finals.
“It’s Super 32, so it’s the best guys in the country. It’s tough to beat everybody,” Millhof said. “I knew I had worked just as hard as anybody else there and I had a chance to win.”