The Gordon Lee Trojans took the next step to what they hope will be that elusive first state traditional championship by qualifying 13 of 14 wrestlers for next weekend's Class A state tournament in Macon.
It is the most wrestlers Gordon Lee has ever had to qualify in a single season.
Gordon Lee produced eight champions at the Class A West Sectionals at Darlington on Saturday.
Stihl Lance claimed a 9-4 decision over Mt. Zion's Ashton Robinson at 106 pounds. Jonny Ragsdale (113) needed just 1:50 to score a 19-4 technical fall over Mt. Zion's Hunter Smith. Blake Clayton (120) pinned Pacelli's C.J. Baylosis in just 54 seconds, and Alex Spires (138) pinned Walker's Jason Schubert.
At 145 pounds, Will Jacks got past Mt. Zion's Fernando Valles, 6-4. Clayton Reeves (170) edged Darlington's Hayden Cook, 7-6. Shane Farmer (182) collected a 23-7 technical fall over Mt. Zion's Daniel Anderson, and Dallas Goodlet (220) stuck Eagle's Landing Christian's Chase Burdette in just 48 seconds.
Dylan Skipper (132), Sydney Rhinehart (152) and Jonathan Bettis (160) also qualified for state after third-place finishes.
Darlington had two sectional champions in Jule Peek and Jordan Beck. Peek won the 126-pound title with a narrow 6-5 win over Gordon Lee's Mika Clark, while Beck claimed a 7-4 decision over Robert Maddox of Strong Rock Christian.
Landon Lawrence was the only other Darlington wrestler to qualify for state. Lawrence took third place at 182 pounds.
Mt. Zion also had two champions. Javier Martinez (132) shut out Will Schubert of Walker, 8-0, and Will Sizemore (285) pinned Martin Wilson of First Presbyterian Day.
Trion's Chander Lathem (160) won sectional gold with a pin against Brookstone's Jackson Mansour, and Strong Rock's Payton Johnson (195) upset Gordon Lee's Corey Jewell, 12-5.
Trion also had state qualifiers in Dustin Thrasher (third place, 138), Henri Ambrocio (fourth, 106), Ben Morgan (fourth, 113), and Andrew McGuire (fourth, 132).