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Roswell, Hooch, Blessed Trinity advance to state duals
by Greg Oshust
January 09, 2014 01:28 PM | 3282 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / From left, Roswell Varsity Wrestling team captains Charles Routt, DeMarco Gatti and Robert Wooley.
Staff / Erin Gray / From left, Roswell Varsity Wrestling team captains Charles Routt, DeMarco Gatti and Robert Wooley.
Roswell, Chattahoochee and Blessed Trinity will be wrestling for state titles as they compete at the GHSA state duals wrestling championships in Macon Thursday through Sunday.

Roswell and Chattahoochee will be among the 16 teams competing in the Class AAAAAA tournament, while Blessed Trinity is in the eight-team field in the AAA event.

The duals tournament is one of two state championships that the GHSA holds 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 traditionals awards individual state champions by weight class as well as a team champion.

Roswell begins its quest for the AAAAAA championship against Rockdale County in the round of 16 Thursday.

The winner faces either Camden County or Meadowcreek in the semifinals, with the loser to take on the loser of the Camden County-Meadowcreek contest in the loser’s bracket.

Roswell earned its spot in the state duals by finishing runner up in the Area 5AAAAAA duals at Milton last weekend.

The Hornets lost to Etowah 31-30 in the finals after beating Milton 66-9 and Woodstock 44-28 in the first two rounds.

Chattahoochee gets underway in the AAAAAA tournament with a round of 16 match against Collins Hill Thursday.

The winner of the Chattahoochee-Collins Hill match will take on either Etowah or East Coweta in the quarterfinals Friday, with losers of both matches facing each other in the loser’s bracket.

The Cougars claimed their berth by finishing second in the 6AAAAAA tournament at Lambert last weekend, losing to North Forsyth 31-28 in the finals after beating Centennial and South Forsyth in the first two rounds.

Alan Benton won by pin at 285 pounds and Jordan Pitt did likewise at 120, while Rowdy Miller (152) won by major decision and Matt Picus (138), Brady Miller (170), Cameron Hill (182) and Taylor Podhouser (220) won by decision for Chattahoochee in the 6AAAAAA finals against North Forsyth.

Blessed Trinity will face a tough challenge in its opening AAA match as it goes up against defending champion Banks County in the quarterfinals Friday.

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

The Titans earned their place by finishing runner up in the 6AAA duals at Fannin County, losing to Woodward 44-24 in the championship match.

Ryan Grady (170), James Hawkins (220) and Austin Werkheiser (285) each won by pin, while Sean Dever (132) and Christopher Hagemeyer (182) won by decision for Blessed Trinity in the finals against Woodward.

The Titans defeated Jackson County 66-6, Dawson County 46-29, McNair 49-27 and Pike County 59-6 to advance to the finals.

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