Local wrestlers, swimmers ready for state competitions

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 6, 2014 

High school wrestlers and swimmers will compete in state meets this weekend.

There will be state swimming champions determined in Georgia, while wrestlers in both states will be competing in sectionals trying to qualify for state meets.

Eleven Georgia high schools will send wrestlers to the state wrestling sectionals. Bi-City teams will compete in West sectionals in each of five classifications.

The Class AA sectionals will be held at Bremen, while Class AAA will be at Sonoraville and Class A will be in Darlington.

Those three sectionals will be held on Saturday. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to next week's state meet.

The Class AAAAA West sectional will be held at Allatoona, while the Class AAAA West sectional will be at Fayette County. Both are Friday and Saturday.

The top eight finishers will advance to next week's state meet.

In Alabama, the Smiths Station, Central and Russell County teams will compete in super sectionals in Montgomery Friday and Saturday.

The top eight will advance to next week's state meet.

"I think that we have had a great week of practice leading up to the sectionals," Smiths Station coach Tommy Sanders said. "Our wrestlers are excited for the opportunity to prove themselves as top competitors for state."

The GHSA state swim meet will be held in Atlanta. The Class A-AAAAA preliminaries on Friday with the finals on Saturday.

"We are ready," Columbus swim coach Karen Waters said. "It was hard last week since we missed a week of practice because of the weather. They worked hard Monday and Tuesday to get the feel of the water back. The swimmers are real excited."

STATE QUALIFIERS

Swimming

Columbus girls: Lauren Crane 200 free, 100 free, medley relay, 400 free relay; Nyssa Goodroe, medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Allie Murphy, medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Molade Olubowale, medley relay; Lauren Cass, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Lauren Duncan, 200 free relay.

Columbus boys: Jorge Orderique, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Thomas Marsh, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; John (Don't have last name), 200 free relay; Chris Scrivener, 200 free relay; Godwin Chan, 400 free relay.

Hardaway boys: Mitchell Graham, 100 free, 100 breast; Alex Haymond, 50 free.

Wrestling

Class A

Brookstone: Jack Ferguson (126), Gary Barnes (145), Nick Sargent (182), Jack Henslee (195)

Pacelli: Tanner Hall (132), Zack Luke (152), Michael Herrera (160), Khalil Jenkins (170)

Class AA

Spencer: Quintavious Rollins (113), Elijah McNickels (120), Deauntre Stringer (126), Tuyen Bowles (132), Tavarus Norman (138), Laython Warren (145), Yakariel Judah (152), Kameron Blackshear (160), Josh Sampson (170), Chris Baker (285).

Jordan: Kyle Cheeser (106), Gilbert Dow (113), Dominque Collins (120), Justin Perry (138), D'Arius Williams (145), Kurtis Chesser (170), Enrique Barcenas (220), Raymond Browder (285).

Kendrick: Kaleel Foster (195)

Chattahoochee County: Jauan Adams (120), Kevin Vega (126), Jaquan Zeno (152), Jodie Perkins (160), Jacob Afoa (195), Fonzie Ruhland (220)

Class AAA

Carver: Deandre Jackson (120), Javon Walker (138), Brooks Alfred (220).

Class AAAA

Columbus: Gregory Thompson (132), Kamau Muhammad (138), Tristan Catterton (152), Katrell Smith (160), Joseph Fulford (220).

Class AAAAA

Northside: Tyler Baliles (113), Andrew Reeves (126), Kalvin Harris (132), Traven Gahagan (138), Marlo Nesmith (152), Noah Forehand (160), ZyQuan Ward (170), Bryce Johnson (182), Joe Goosby (285).

Harris County: Chris Drake (106), Taylor Reese (113), Heath Suich (120), Jaxon Wallace (126), Michael Hanson (132), Nate Chapman (145), Reese Ellis (152).

Hardaway: Tyler Redmond (106), Taylor Stephens (145), Emilio Evans-Pagan (160), Xavier Woods (170), Justin Richardson (182), Miqual Masenburger (195), Cedric Johnson (220), Chris Masenburger (185).

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