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WRESTLING: Blankenship hopes to cap season with title

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Chattooga’s J.J. Blankenship has wrestling in his blood.

His father Levie Blankenship was a state champion in wrestling for the Model Blue Devils in 1982.

J.J. will have a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps today when he begins competition in the GHSA State Wrestling Championship today in Macon. The competition began Thursday with the Class AAAA, AAAAA and AAAAAA rounds of 16.

“It’s such a big event for Northwest Georgia and for our family,” said J.J.’s stepmother Ray Blankenship. “His father was the 1982 state champion at Model. His name still represents Floyd County as a state champion.”

Blankenship’s first competition will be against Green’s Nick Moody in the 126-pound weight class.

Blankenship has had little trouble throughout this season, and has a good chance to become a state champion like his father. He enters the state competition with a perfect 50-0 record. His most recent success coming in the area tournament and at sectionals. J.J. was also voted by coaches as the Most Outstanding Wrestler at last weekend’s sectionals action at Lamar County.

Joining Blankenship at the competition are:

Class A

Darlington’s Jule Peek, Jordan Beck, Landon Lawrence, Hayden Cook

Class AA

Armuchee’s Braylen Scoggins, Thad Moore, Easton Mathis, Coosa’s Tyler Chastain

Model’s Dustin Rogers, Lance Morris, Dakota Willerson


Rome High’s Tristan Payne, Joey Fricjs, Elijah Kerr-Brown, Shan Klasson, Arvis Ofuni