The dream of winning an individual state title for several local wrestlers was either extended or dashed on Saturday as they competed at their respective sectional tournaments.
Sonoraville and Calhoun qualifiers competed at Class AAA B Sectionals at Bremen, and Gordon Central qualifiers competed at Class AA B Sectionals at Rockmart. All three teams had a solid amount of success with the Firebirds leading the way with a perfect 8-for-8 sectional qualifiers earning a trip to State in Macon this coming weekend.
Leading Sonoraville was four sectional champs, including Eli Knight (106), Tyler Hunt (132), Trevor Burdick (138) and John Knight (195). They also boasted two runners-up with Hector Arbos (113) and Allen Stone (120) narrowly missing a sectional title. Jayce Derryberry (126) and Charlie Brown (182) each finished third in their weight class to keep their season going as well.
“The goal was to get all eight kids through so I feel good about that,” said Sonoraville coach Randy Steward. “I think it puts us in position to have a great weekend in Macon. I am so very proud of this group and confident they are ready to perform this Friday and Saturday.”
Calhoun took five wrestlers to Bremen on Saturday, and four of those earned the chance to wrestle in Macon. Johnny Santana (106), Blake Bailey (113) and Reece Poe (138) all finished third in their weight classes to advance, and Jason Fuller (285) qualified for State by taking fourth. Sexton Golden (195) placed fifth.
“I am incredibly proud of the way our guys wrestled this weekend,” said Calhoun coach Michael Herndon. “We had a couple wrestlers beat guys that they lost to last weekend. We will be taking a wrestler from each grade to state this weekend. With the way these four have been wrestling, each of them have a good chance to place. We just have to continue wrestling tough and wrestling smart.”
Gordon Central has two wrestlers that will make the trip to Macon for State as Christian Davis (152) and Ethan Mitchell (220) both finished fourth in their weight class to keep their season alive. Shane Davis (120) placed fifth, and Augustis Gordon (113) also competed at sectionals.
“I’m extremely proud of all four wrestlers who left it all on the mat today,” said Gordon Central coach Cory Nix. “To place at the Sectionals tournament is a great accomplishment and to move on to State Tournament means you are one of the elite wrestlers in the state. It’s all about the kids at the end of the day, and I think they had a blast with us the last 24 hours.”
The state qualifiers will travel to the Macon Centreplex on Friday and Saturday to compete at State.