GHSA

The Heritage Mat Generals finished 2-2 at the Class 4A State Duals in Macon over the weekend and placed seventh in the 16-team field.

Heritage opened the tournament on Thursday with a dominant 78-6 win over Cross Creek, but fell to highly-regarded West Laurens, 47-27, later in the day.

Dropping to consolation brackets, Heritage beat Baldwin on Friday, 66-13, but were eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals by Marist, 38-37.

Individually, Ryan Craft (106 pounds) and Jeffery Curtis (220) both went 4-0 over the weekend with three pins. Jack Showalter (145) was 3-0 with one pin. Zaine Burton (285) and Spencer Davies (160) were 3-1 with three pinfall victories, while Jadyn Norton (113), Seth Ingle (152) and Drake Parker (182) were all 3-1 with two pins.

Ian Burgett (126) and Zach Brown (195) each had two wins by pins, while Tyler Tomey (132) and Garett Stephens (138) each had two wins with one pin. Nathan Boatman (120) and Josh Brock (170) both added one win by pin.

"We started the year in a rebuilding phase, but finished seventh in Class AAAA," head coach Mike Craft said. "I’m proud of this team for coming together and having a lot of success with only two seniors and six underclassmen."

In Class 1A, Gordon Lee endured a pair of heartbreaking losses and left the tournament with a 0-2 mark.

They opened on Friday by losing 40-39 to Irwin County. The Indians' winning point came on criteria after the match ended in a 39-39 tie. Then on Saturday, in the consolation rounds, the suffered a 39-36 loss to Strong Rock Christian.

Avery Geer, Logan Butler, Jarrett Lassetter and Braden Jarvis all went 2-0 for the Trojans.

There were two first-time state champions crowned in Macon. North Hall won its first State Duals title with a 42-22 win over Bremen in Class 3A, while Richmond Hill toppled Alexander in Class 6A, 37-26. Both wins prevented Bremen and Alexander from repeating as state champions.

The other state champs added to their collections.

Camden County won its fifth State Duals title and its fourth in a row with a 47-13 win over Archer in Class 7A, while Buford repeated in Class 5A with a 50-18 win over Ola. It was the Wolves' third title in the last five years.

In Class 4A, Jefferson kept its streak intact by knocking off Gilmer, 36-19. Jefferson has won State Duals every year since the GHSA began holding the event in 2002. The Dragons have now won 17 straight championships in four different classifications. They will be dropping back to Class 3A next season.

Social Circle made it four state championships in a row in Class 2A with a 36-22 over Toombs County, while Commerce walked to their fifth straight win in Class 1A with a 68-6 rout of Wesleyan.

In third-place matches, North Forsyth (Class 7A) defeated Mountain View, 39-34, Creekview (Class 6A) defeated Valdosta, 39-26, Cass (Class 5A) defeated Locust Grove, 40-26, West Laurens (Class 4A) defeated Troup, 45-24, Sonoraville (Class 3A) defeated Jackson County, 46-21, Fitzgerald (Class 2A) defeated Rockmart, 39-33, and Trion (Class 1A) defeated Mount de Sales, 54-25.

Heritage will host Calhoun on Senior Night this Tuesday and will participate in the North Metro Invitational at Brookwood this upcoming weekend. Meanwhile, Gordon Lee will face Cedartown and Pepperell in a tri-match on Tuesday before returning home to host Ridgeland and LaFayette in the annual Walker County Cup on Friday.

Area tournaments begin on Jan. 26, followed by state sectionals the weekend of Feb. 2-3. The state tournament in all classes begins Feb. 8.