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WRESTLING: Tiger trio tops at state tournament

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Another season led to another state title for a handful of Rome area wrestlers on Saturday as Darlington boasted three champions to cap the weekend.

The GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championships concluded Saturday in Macon, and a total of seven local wrestlers finished at the top of their division. Leading the charge was Darlington in the Class A competition.

Dalton Blankenship and Colton Woods each won their third straight state championships for the Tigers, while Rhett McDurmon ascended to the top of his weight class, edging Commerce’s Nick Patrick in the 152-pound finals, 2-1.

Blankenship defeated Chris Sperin of George Walton Academy 8-3 in the 126-pound championship bout, while Woods blanked Pinecrest’s Joseph Metz 5-0 in the 132-pound finale.

Carl McDurmon finished the state runner-up at 113 pounds for Darlington, which finished second in the Class A team standings with 113.5 points.

Armuchee’s Jacob Henderson repeated as the Class AA 182-pound state champion as the senior took a 5-2 decision over BJ Bradford of Elbert County on Saturday. Joining him as back-to-back champions in Class AA was Chattooga’s 106-pounder Griffin Jarrett, who won 7-1 over Social Circle’s Tyler Post in the finals.

Coming in third in the Class A standings was Trion with state champions in Lincoln Maddux (138) and Cole Luallen (145), both of which won their finals match by pin. Bolen Strickland (120) and Logan Blevins (195) came in second for the Bulldogs.

Rome’s Ivan Arguello finished as the Wolves’ highest placer, coming in as the runner-up in the Class 5A 120-pound weight class.

In Class AA competition, Rockmart had three wrestlers come in second — Truett Bowman (138), Zoryan Hendricks (152) and Griffin Pace (160) — as did Model’s Walker Byrd at 126 pounds.