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WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Big win in Ohio moves Archer to No. 10 in nation

Collins Hill’s 2009-10 wrestling team is regarded as the best ever in Georgia.

This year’s Archer team is making a hard push to overtake them.

The Tigers won the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament on Saturday, becoming the first school outside of Ohio to win the tourney.

Archer had 13 wrestlers place in the top seven to score 134 points and beat Ohio’s St. Paris Graham’s 115.5 points. Graham is the 13-time defending state champion in Ohio and was ranked No. 3 in the country. Graham has six wrestlers ranked in the top 20 nationally.

“All the people in Ohio were going, ‘Nobody beats Graham,’” Archer head coach Tom Beuglas said. “Even the Graham coaches were cool about it. They said we never heard of y’all, but thanks for the competition.”

It was the seventh tournament victory for Archer this season, which won the Kansas City Stampede last week. The Tigers beat two teams ranked in the top 15 at Kansas City and moved from No. 34 to No. 13 in the nation. After the tournament win in Ohio, defending state champion Archer moved up to No. 10 in the nation by Flowrestling.com.

“At the beginning of the season, we weren’t even nationally ranked,” Beuglas said. “They don’t give much credit to teams from the South.”

The GMVWA tournament featured 53 teams from Ohio and Kentucky and in the 43-year history of the tournament only Ohio schools had won it.

Grant Aycox (132 pounds), Thomas Bullard (152), Elliott Lee (195) and M.J. Couzan (285) were tournament champions.

Chris Diaz (126) and Vinny Artgiques (106) were runner-up, Daniel Bullard (160) and Quinn Miller (182) were third, Alex Standridge (120) was fourth, Gio Fernandez (113) was sixth and Sam Bullard (138), Garrett Miller (170) and Jacob Lill (220) were seventh.

“We keep winning these tournaments in the wrestle backs,” Beuglas said.

Collins Hill’s 2009-10 team finished the year ranked No. 9 in the country by Amateur Wrestling News. It’s the highest ranking ever by a Georgia school.

“It’s rare a team from the South is ranked this high,” Beuglas said.

Buford’s Ness makes history in Pa.

Buford’s Chip Ness added another accolade to his decorated career on Saturday.

Ness won the 195-pound weight class at the Powerade Christmas Tournament in Canonsburg, Pa., becoming the first Georgian to ever win a title at the prestigious tournament.

Ness, a three-time state champion, defeated Parkland’s Nezar Haddad in the finals. Ness is ranked No. 2 in the nation in his weight class by Flowrestling.com.

GAC peaking for area duals

At the beginning of the season, Greater Atlanta Christian struggled with six starters out. The Spartans have just about everyone back and appear to be peaking at the right time. GAC won the Lambert Hook’em Classic on Saturday with tournament champions Carter Clinebell and D.J. Coker.

GAC will need a healthy lineup this weekend for the Area 4-AA duals at Jefferson. The area is arguably the toughest in the state regardless of classification and only two teams will advance to next week’s state duals.

Jefferson is the 12-time defending state champion and has already beat one of the top schools in Class AAAAAA in North Forsyth. Social Circle is another one of the top teams in the area with a big win over Class AAAAAA’s Rockdale.

GAC qualified for the state duals in 2011 and 2012 and placed third both years. The Spartans missed qualifying for state last season as Jefferson went on to win state and Social Circle was fourth.

Area 8 changes seeding format

Grayson finished second at this year’s Gwinnett County tournament, which would have meant the Rams were the top seed for the area duals. But area coaches voted to change the seeding format this season with Archer and Parkview not competing at county.

The seeding criteria was based on last year’s finish at area and any head-to-head matchups this season. That means defending state champion Archer will be the No. 1 seed, while Grayson will be the No. 3 seed. Brookwood is the No. 2 seed and Parkview is No. 4. The top two teams from the area will advance to the state duals in Macon next weekend.

Region 7 spot up for grabs

Collins Hill is the nine-time Area 7 champion and is still the favorite to win it again this weekend. However, the No. 2 spot to qualify for the state duals is up for grabs.

Mountain View, Norcross and Meadowcreek appear to be the next three best teams in the region, but Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett have qualified for state the last two seasons.

Short mat time

Parkview’s Kamaal Shakur was named most outstanding wrestler at the Governor Mifflin Invitational on Saturday. It’s the second tournament in a row Shakur has received the honor.

Shakur, who missed last season with an injury, won the 145-pound weight class. He also received the award for most pins in the least amount of time with three falls in less than 3:30.

Winning with less

Berkmar only took five wrestlers to the Lambert Hook’em Classic, but the Patriots made the most out of it. Berkmar had three wrestlers place, led by tournament champions Mamadou Soumahoro (195 pounds) and Ethan Castaneda (152).

It was the second straight tournament win for Castaneda, who won the Gwinnett County championship a week ago. Soumahoro was a county runner-up.

Wolves’ Mosley continues to win

A week after winning the Pepperell Invitational, Wesleyan’s Jake Mosley went undefeated at the Hurricane Duals at Monroe. The senior went 5-0 as Wesleyan went 2-3 in the tournament.

Berkmar trio shine at tourney

LAGRANGE — Berkmar had three wrestlers go 5-0 at the Troup County Duals on Tuesday to earn all-tournament honors.

Kendall Castenade (113 pounds), Ethan Castenada (152) and Mamadou Soumahoro (195) went 5-0. Kendall Castenada had three pins, Ethan Castenada had five and Soumahoro had four.

Berkmar went 1-4 at the tournament, beating Jordan 24-18 and losing to Newnan 60-21, Bowdon 48-24, Troup 48-24 and Northside-Columbus 40-18.