ELLIJAY - The Cedartown Bulldogs will send just three wrestlers to next weekend's Class AAAA West Sectionals at Pickens High School, but two will enter as Area 7-AAAA champions.
Jonas Ritter won the 160-pound title at Gilmer High School on Saturday, pinning LaFayette's Mathew Mathis at the 4:36 mark of their championship bout, and defending state champion Jordan Watkins claimed the 195-pound crown with a 7-2 decision over Montavius Parker of Cass.
Spencer Barber (132) finished fourth in his weight class, while Brandon Brame (106) finished fifth and will be a state alternate.
Gilmer (232.5 points) won the area title, followed by LaFayette (160) and Southeast Whitfield (147). Cass (140.5) finished in fourth place, followed by Heritage (109), Northwest Whitfield (91), Cedartown (72), Dalton (54), Ridgeland (50), Pickens (37), and River Ridge (25).
Pickens High School will host the Class AAAA West Sectional tournament next weekend, which includes the top four wrestlers in each weight class from Areas 1, 5, 6, and 7. The top eight in each class will advance to the Class AAAA State tournament, Feb. 14-16, in Macon.