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Lovett, Marist, Woodward advance to state wrestling duals
by Greg Oshust
January 09, 2014 01:16 PM | 2556 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, seniors Owen Penn and William Morton are among the key wrestlers for Holy Innocents’, which finished third at the Area 3A duals last weekend.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, seniors Owen Penn and William Morton are among the key wrestlers for Holy Innocents’, which finished third at the Area 3A duals last weekend.
Lovett, Marist and Woodward will be wrestling for state titles as they compete at the GHSA state duals wrestling championships in Macon Thursday through Sunday.

Lovett will be among the eight teams competing in the Class AA tournament, while Marist is one of the 16 teams in the AAAA competition and Woodward is in the eight-team field in the AAA event.

The duals tournament is one of two state championships the GHSA has for wrestling, with the traditional competition scheduled for the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth Feb. 13 through 15.

The duals tournament is a team competition, while the traditional awards individual state champions by weight class as well as a team champion.

Lovett begins its quest for the AA championship against Social Circle in the quarterfinals Friday.

The winner faces either Bremen or East Laurens in the semifinals, with the loser to take on the loser of the Bremen-East Laurens contest in the loser’s bracket.

The Lions earned their spot in the state duals by winning the Area 3AA duals tournament at Pepperell last weekend, beating host Pepperell 58-12 in the title match last Saturday.

Lovett will try to improve on its third-place showing in AA at the state duals a year ago.

Marist gets underway in the AAAA tournament with a round of 16 match against Cairo Thursday.

The winner of the Marist-Cairo match will take on either Chestatee or Locust Grove in the quarterfinals Friday, with losers of both matches facing each other in the loser’s bracket.

The War Eagles claimed their berth by winning the 6AAAA tournament at Marist last weekend, beating Lithonia 43-17 in the finals last Saturday to capture their fifth consecutive area crown.

Woodward will try for another state title after finishing runner-up last year ,as it opens the AAA tournament against Appling County in a quarterfinal match Friday.

The winner will take on the victor of the Buford-Sonoraville quarterfinal match, with the losers facing each other in the loser’s bracket.

Woodward earned its place by winning the 3AAA tournament at Fannin County, beating St. Pius X 46-24 in the quarterfinals, Blessed Trinity 44-24 in the semifinals and McNair 43-24 in the finals.

Last year, the War Eagles made it all the way to the AAA championship match, where it was edged out by Banks County 34-33.

Meanwhile, last year’s Class A runner-up Holy Innocents’ will not be in Macon to make another run at the title after finishing third to fall short of qualifying at the 3A tournament, which it hosted last weekend.

After opening the area tourney with a 73-3 victory over Mount Pisgah Christian and then beating Towns County 62-7, the Golden Bears lost to Athens Christian 36-27 and Commerce 45-21 to see its bid for a return trip to the state duals come to an end.

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