Two rounds of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament are in the books and six wrestlers from the Catoosa and Walker County area are still in the running for championship gold.
Ridgeland still has three in the semifinals. LaFayette got both of its wrestlers through to the semis, while one Heritage wrestler remains with a shot to win it all.
For the Panthers, junior Jordan Hughley (138 pounds) followed up his first period pin in the opening round with a 14-6 major decision in the quarterfinals. Hughley (43-2 on the season) will do battle with West Laurens' freshman Greyson Clark (45-5) on Friday.
Another Ridgeland junior, defending state champion Jacob Mariakis (145) won a 15-0 technical fall after scoring a first period pin earlier in the day. Mariakis (13-0) will go up against Oconee County senior Taylor Webb (41-10) in Friday's semifinals.
Ridgeland senior Ryan McGill (170) moved to 41-5 on the season with a 9-2 decision in the second round after winning by a first period pin in his opening match of the tournament. McGill will take on Corey Langner (24-2) of Marist in the semifinals.
For the Ramblers, senior Tyler Beard (44-6) is through to the 182-pound semifinals after his second pin of the day, this one coming at the close of the second period. Beard will face Marist senior Jer'miah Fantory (36-3) in his next match.
Another LaFayette senior, Cody Deal made it two straight first period pins as he advanced to the semifinals at 220 pounds. Deal (42-6) will take on Madison County sophomore Hamilton Cooper (45-12) on Friday.
And for the Generals, junior Ryan Craft is into the semifinals at 106 after a 6-4 win in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon. Craft (57-7) will set to square off with North Oconee freshman Hayden Prior (32-9) in the semifinals on Friday.
Ridgeland's Dylan Swanson and Heritage's Spencer Davies are both still alive in the consolation bracket at 160 pounds, but that will soon change as the two are scheduled to meet in an elimination match in the next round. Heritage's Garret Stephens (138) lost his second match, but is still in the consolation bracket, while Alex Eacret (170) staved off elimination with a consolation bracket win Thursday night.
Panthers' 220-pounder Tommy Lamb was eliminated with his second loss on Thursday, as were Heritage wrestlers Drake Parker (182) and Zach Brown (195).
Gordon Lee, LFO and Ringgold wrestlers will take to the mats to begin the Class 1A and Class 3A tournaments starting at 10 a.m.
The entire event is being held at the Macon Coliseum.