After week delay, area wrestlers head to Georgia traditional tournaments

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 20, 2014 

After a short delay, area wrestlers in Georgia will head to the state traditional competition held Friday and Saturday in six different locations.

The event was originally scheduled for last weekend at the Gwinnett Center in Buford, but, as a result of the winter weather, it was delayed to this weekend and split into different venues because of another event scheduled in Buford this week.

The Class A tournament will be held at Commerce High, Class AA at Toombs County High and Class AAA at Buford High. All three of those will be held on Saturday only. Class AAAA will be at West Laurens High, Class AAAAA at Loganville High and Class AAAAAA at Chattahoochee High. Those three will begin on Friday.

The top eight finishers at Class AAAAA and AAAA sectionals advanced to state, while the top four advanced in Class AAA, AA and A. The Columbus area sent 18 wrestlers from nine teams to state.

Spencer leads the way with six wrestlers competing in Class AA. Tuyen Bowles (132) won a sectional title and will have a No. 1 seed in his bracket. The Greenwave also sent Laython Warren (120), Yakariel Judah (152), Kameron Blackshear (160), Joshua Sampson (170) and Chris Baker (285). Warren, Judah and Baker will be seeded second, Sampson third and Blackshear fourth, giving the team a lot of opportunities to place in the competition.

Three Hardaway wrestlers will compete at state. Chris Massenburg (285) will have a top seed after winning his weight in the sectional. Xavier Woods (170) will be a 3-seed and Emilio Evans-Pagan (160) an 8-seed.

Columbus and Carver each send two wrestlers. The Tigers will be led by Deandre Jackson (120), who earned a top seed with a win in the sectional. Brooks Alfred (220) will be seeded second. The Blue Devils will send Tristan Catterton (152) as a 4-seed and Katrell Smith (160) as a 7-seed.

Northside, Harris County, Jordan, Chattahoochee County and Pacelli each will second one wrestler.

Noah Forehand (160) will be a 2-seed for Northside and Heath Suich (120) a 5-seed for Harris County. Jordan will send Ray Browder (285) as a 3-seed, and Chattahoochee County will send Jaquan Zeno (162) as a 4-seed. Colin Mulvaney will be a 4-seed in the 106 class for Pacelli.

Traditional tournaments are different from the dual tournaments already held in the first half of the season. Whereas in a dual tournament, teams face other teams and advance based on overall team scoring, traditional tournaments seed individuals in a bracket. The place an individual finishes in determines how many points will be awarded his team.

A first-place finish earns his team 16 points, 12 for second, nine for third, seven for fourth, five for fifth and three for sixth.

Points for each individual will be combined to determine overall team finishers.

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