The Rockmart High School wrestling team sent nine wrestlers to the Class AAA west sectionals tournament last weekend, and six advanced through the brackets to qualify for the Class AAA state tournament.
Competing at Ringgold High School, the Yellow Jackets Zack Kirby, Marlon Morales, Dennis Wolfe, Nick Forsyth, Jason Wolfe, and Brett Arnold all finished in the top four of their respective weight classes to advance to Macon.
Dakota Wilson placed fifth to finish as a alternate for the state tournament, which means if one of the four wrestlers ahead of him is unable to compete, he can wrestle in Macon.
Kirby won the west sectional championship in the 170 pound division and Dennis Wolfe won the 138 pound sectional title. Morales (160 pounds) and Forsyth (126 pounds) both finished second in their respective weight classes.
Jason Wolfe (120 pounds) and Arnold (106 pounds) each finished fourth in their weight divisions.
Arnold will open the state tournament at the Macon Centreplex against Buford’s Darius Bunch. Arnold enters the match with a 25-15 record and Bunch is 24-4.
Jason Wolfe will meet up with Jackson’s JT Wood in the first round. Wolfe has a record of 37-7 and Wood is 29-7.
Forsyth, 30-7 on the year, is slated to wrestle Will Morgan of Dodge County in round one. Morgan enters with a 49-5 record.
Dennis Wolfe, 31-4, is set to tangle with Jackson’s Zak Evans in the opening round. Evans has 37 wins on the year.
Morales will meet White County’s Wil Stonecypher in Macon. Morales enters with a 24-12 record and Stonecypher comes in at 36-11.
Kirby has drawn Swainsboro’s Dalvin Lott in his first state match. Kirby has a record of 31-8 and Lott comes in with a 19-4 mark.
The Class AAA state tournament will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Macon. Admission on Thursday is $7, and admission Friday and Saturday is $10. A total tournament ticket is $24.