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WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: GAC's Clinebell out for season

Greater Atlanta Christian’s all-time winningest wrestler won’t be able to finish the season on the mat.

Carter Clinebell dislocated his elbow in the quarterfinals of the Prep Slam on Saturday at Holy Innocents’, ending the senior’s season.

“He was on bottom and the kid went to chop his arm and dislocated his elbow,” GAC head coach Jeff Harsh said. “He had to go to the emergency room and put it back in place. He’s out for six weeks and then he’ll have rehab. He’ll be fine, but he’s done for the year.”

Clinebell was one of the top wrestlers in Class AA at 145 pounds. He had a 47-3 record this season and is GAC’s all-time leader in wins (185) and pins (111). He placed second at the state meet last season and was a Gwinnett County runner-up last month.

“We had high hopes of getting him to the finals again,” Harsh said. “He was a big point scorer.”

The loss of Clinebell will make it tough for GAC to place in the top five at the state meet for a third straight year. The Spartans only have one other senior on the team in Mitchell Shea.

“It does hurt our chances,” Harsh said.

Clinebell maintains a 4.03 GPA and is one of two National Merit semifinalists at GAC. He’s been on mission trips to Kenya and is in the school’s choir.

“He’s very well-rounded,” Harsh said.

Clinebell plans to attend Pepperdine University.

“I hate this happened to him,” Harsh said. “You hate it for a senior at the end of the season.”

Parkview’s Shakur wins another tourney

Parkview’s Kamaal Shakur missed almost all of last season with an injury. The senior has made up for lost time on the mat this year.

Shakur won the 145-pound division at the Whitewater Wildcat Brawl on Saturday, his third tournament win of the season.

Shakur, who placed third at state as a sophomore, defeated Cartersville’s Evan Cole in the finals by technical fall. Cole was third at state in Class AAA last season. The dominating win along with five pins in the tournament earned Shakur the most outstanding wrestler award.

Shakur, who has signed with Tennessee-Chattanooga, also has wins at the McCallie Invitational, Governor Miffline Holiday Classic where he was named most outstanding wrestler and now at the Whitewater Wildcat Brawl.

Archer moves up in national rankings

Archer received its highest national ranking when Wrestling USA magazine put the Tigers at No. 5 in the country this month.

Archer won tournaments in Kansas City and Ohio to put itself on the national scene. The Tigers defended their Class AAAAAA dual state championship two weeks ago. The team has won 11 tournaments this season and is 22-0 in duals.

The Tigers also moved up one spot to No. 6 in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings and remain at No. 10 in the Flowrestling.com rankings.

Broncos’ Nguyen on verge of record

Brookwood’s Thanh Nguyen is on the verge of breaking a 20-year-old school record.

Nguyen has 145 takedowns this season and with four weeks left in the season is in good shape to break the school record of 157 by Justin Rannick in 1994.

“The kid is a takedown machine,” Brookwood coach Chris Cicora said.

Ridge wrestlers climbing the ranks

Peachtree Ridge only had one wrestler place at last season’s traditional state tournament. That could change next month.

The Lions have four wrestlers that have worked their way into state placing consideration.

Abel Leonardo has emerged as a contender at 152 pounds with a 34-4 record and tournament wins at Gwinnett County and the Bulldog Brawl.

Santiago Canon was hampered by injury to start the year, but the 113-pounder has placed third at the last two tournaments.

Kareim Alasady has also battled injuries, but the 126 pounder only has a pair of losses with a 17-2 record.

The biggest surprise has been heavyweight Matt Bell. The first-year wrestler placed fifth at the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee and was second at the Bulldog Brawl.

Johnson steps up for Dacula

Dacula’s Leonard Johnson wrestled most of the season on the junior varsity at 170 pounds. When the varsity’s 182-pounder got injured, Johnson filled the void. The sophomore placed fifth in his first varsity tournament at the East Metro Invitational at Loganville on Saturday.

“This was a great tournament for LJ and I look for him to finish strong in the last few weeks of the season,” Dacula head coach Wes Cooper said.

The Falcons’ Marcus Nelson won the tournament at 126 pounds. He improved to 31-1 on the season with 17 pins.

Mountain View reaches milestone

Mountain View’s win over Holy Innocents’ last week marked a milestone for the fifth-year program. It was the 100th win for the program, which placed third at area duals two weeks ago.

The future appears bright for the program, which placed fifth at the varsity Gwinnett County championship, second at JV county and first at ninth-grade county.

Mustangs regain rivalry trophy

In one of the first duals of the season, Meadowcreek fell to Norcross and lost the Battle of Norcross trophy.

The Mustangs regained the five-foot tall trophy last week with a 48-27 win over the Blue Devils.

Meadowcreek improved to 31-8 on the season.

Duluth’s Brown, Jones reach finals again

Duluth duo Alex Brown and Rodney Jones reached the finals of a third tournament this season at the Whitewater Wildcat Brawl on Saturday.

Brown won the tournament in the 220-pound weight class, while Jones was runner-up at 170.

Mountain View wins freshman county

Mountain View had seven wrestlers place to win the Gwinnett County Freshman Tournament on Saturday. The Bears placed second last season.

Sam Ezzell led the team by winning the 113-pound weight class. Yadriel Gonzales (120) was runner-up, Brennen Berger (106), Leon Jarda (128), Deanthony Ravenell (195) and Justin Smith (220) was third. Carlos Conzales (106) was fourth.

Buford placed sixth at county, which is the team’s highest finish ever.

Connor Mills (285) was tournament champion, Ethan Ceren (126) and Jack Ness (170) were runner-up and Chase Smith (100) was fourth.

Mill Creek placed third at county with five placers, including champions Chandler Miele and Justin Speregen. Dorian Piekarz was second, Anthony Presto and Taylor Putnam were third and Justin Blough was fourth.

Wesleyan had four wrestlers place, led by county champion William Delk. Callen Davidson was runner-up, Chapman Pendery was third and Noah Young was fourth.

Duluth’s Marcelino Martinez won the 132-pound weight class. Alex Cruz (138) was second and Jon Starks (160) and Jason Matute (195) were fourth.