An outstanding season on the wrestling mat got even better for Gordon Lee over the weekend.
The Trojans, who swept the Class A State Duals and Traditional championships earlier this year, are now getting noticed on a national level as sophomore Jonathan Ragsdale and junior Shane Farmer are now ranked among the top prep grapplers in the country for their weight classes.
Ragsdale competed at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Sophomore Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va. over the weekend and took home All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the 106-pound weight class.
Ragsdale, who went 47-1 this past season for the Trojans, went 6-2 in Virginia Beach with three pins and two major decisions, beating wrestlers from New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, Oregon, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
The 106-pound field included 57 wrestlers from 23 states. A total of 29 of the wrestlers were state placers, 15 were state champions, and four, including Ragsdale, were two-time state champions.
His finish helped Team Georgia to a 12th place overall finish out of 42 state teams represented at the tournament, and he is expected to be ranked in the top 20 of his weight class when the next USA Wrestling polls are released.
Farmer, 46-6 and the Class A state runner-up this past season, is currently ranked 24th nationally among juniors at 182 pounds by USA Wrestling. He is one of three Georgia wrestlers ranked in the top 30.