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Local teams battle for top honors at state wrestling duals
by Greg Oshust
January 15, 2014 11:40 AM | 2248 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Lovett sophomore Chase Carter, left, and senior James Hite work on their moves.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Lovett sophomore Chase Carter, left, and senior James Hite work on their moves.
Lovett, Marist and Woodward were among the teams competing for titles at the GHSA state team dual wrestling championships in Macon last weekend.

Woodward was the most successful of the three squads with a fourth-place finish in Class AAA.

The War Eagles, last year’s AAA runners-up, defeated Appling County 59-16 in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Buford 55-19 in the semifinals.

Woodward came back to beat Blessed Trinity 46-21 in the loser’s bracket to advance to the third-place match, where the War Eagles lost to Morgan County 39-36.

The War Eagles earned their place in the state duals by winning the Area 3AAA tournament the previous weekend.

Buford defeated defending champion Banks County 44-23 in the AAA championship match.

Now, Woodward will finish its regular-season schedule this month as it looks to defend its AAA championship at the state traditional tournament in Duluth Feb. 13 through 15.

Meanwhile, Lovett was unable to match its third-place result of a year ago in the AA competition.

The Lions finished with a 1-2 record, losing to Social Circle 54-21 in the quarterfinals to move down to the loser’s bracket, where they defeated East Laurens 42-27 and lost to Toombs County 48-27.

Lovett earned its spot in the state duals by winning the 3AA tournament the previous weekend.

Jefferson won its 13th consecutive title, beating Bremen 48-15 in the AA finals.

The Lions now look forward to the state traditionals, where it finished sixth in AA in 2013.

Marist split its four matches in the AAAA competition, finishing with a 2-2 record.

The War Eagles opened with a 64-13 victory over Cairo in the round of 16 before losing to Chestatee 45-16.

In the loser’s bracket, Marist defeated South Effingham 31-25 before finishing the tournament with a 39-31 loss to Lithonia.

Gilmer won the AAAA championship as it edged out Cass 31-30 in the finals.

The War Eagles won the 6AAAA tournament the previous weekend to earn their trip to Macon.

Marist now looks forward to trying to improve on its fifth-place finish of a year ago at next month’s state traditional tournament.

Other state champions crowned were Archer in Class AAAAAA, Pope in AAAAA and Commerce in A.

Lovett, Marist and Woodward will be joined by host Holy Innocents’ at the Prep Slam this weekend.

The Prep Slam features more than 40 teams from across metro Atlanta and the Southeast.

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