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State wrestling tournament rescheduled
by Greg Oshust
February 20, 2014 09:15 AM | 2039 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Lovett's Patrick Keough and Brooks Layson will be among the local wrestlers competing at the state tournament this weekend.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Lovett's Patrick Keough and Brooks Layson will be among the local wrestlers competing at the state tournament this weekend.
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Wrestling will have to wait an extra week to crown its state champions after last week’s winter storm forced the postponement of the GHSA state traditional wrestling tournament.

Originally scheduled for last weekend at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, the competition will now be held Friday and Saturday.

The tournament will be moved to multiple sites due to a scheduling conflict with Gwinnett Arena. The new sites are Commerce High School (Class A), Toombs County High School (AA), Buford High School (AAA), West Laurens High School (AAAA) and Loganville High (AAAAA).

For Holy Innocents’ coach Stacey Davis, moving the competition ahead a week was the right decision.

“It boils down to the health and safety of the individual and you have to take that into consideration,” Davis said. “Would we like to have wrestled [last weekend]? Absolutely. But the important thing to consider is that all the kids and the coaches and the parents and all the fans of the sport are safe and that was going to be a factor with the weather.”

Mount Vernon Presbyterian coach Mike Edmonson said he also agreed with the decision.

“Given the fact that we [didn’t have school from last Tuesday to last Friday], though we were able to get practice in [last] Monday — I’m very happy [the GHSA] decided to do this,” Edmonson said. “I think the GHSA did the right thing.”

After finishing runner-up last year, Holy Innocents’ will aim for another strong showing in the Class A competition with a number of wrestlers who have qualified.

Rod Davis is among the top contenders at 195 pounds for the Golden Bears in Class A, with William Morton also a strong contender at 182.

Logan Chastain (132), Liam Quigley (160), Joseph Brinkley (170) and Keegan Donahoo (106) will also try to contend in their weight classes for HIES.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian has two wrestlers — Jack Hale (113) and Constantine Gavalos (160) — in the Class A tournament, along with Pace’s Jack Walsh (195).

In AA, Lovett is represented by Chase Carter (120), James Hite (132), Reed Dobbs (132), Patrick Johnson (138), Peyton Bell (145), Patrick Keough (170), Brooks Layson (182), Carson Rich (220) and Darby Henagan (285). Westminster will have Alex Balser (113), Gabe Phillips (152), Davis Houk (160) and Brandon Krupczak (195) competing.

Woodward and St. Pius X will be among the teams in AAA, while Marist is competing in AAAA.

Marist features Reed Bethune (113), Caleb Barlik (120), Peter Nguyen (132), Chris Bradley (138), Layton Self (152), Julian Grady (160), Jack Kratzenberg (182), Kenneth Brinson (220) and Jack Trainor (285).

Competing for Woodward are Grady Pastor (113), Will Peace (120), Chandler Pyke (152) and Brandon Johnson (195).

St. Pius wrestlers are Nick Twiner (138), Dalton Scoggins (160) and Jack Marsh (170).

The AAAAA tournament includes Riverwood’s Talon Robinson (113) and North Atlanta’s Joel Maldonado (285).
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