High School Sports

Spencer, Jordan open in state wrestling tournament


Spencer wrestling coach Robert Sanders faced a good but unusual problem as he prepared to start the 2015-16 season -- the football team was still playing.

The Greenwave football team had a historic season, finishing with a winning record for the first time since 1977. Spencer advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, its first postseason appearance since 1993.

So Sanders had to wait for some his wrestlers to finish their football season in order to get started. That resulted in several cancelled matches.

The Greenwave finally started to round into shape near the time of the Hardaway Invitational in mid-December.

That momentum has carried on into the new year. Last weekend, the Greenwave hosted and won the Area 2-3A duals, earning a berth in the state tournament, which begins Thursday at the Macon Centreplex.

The third-seeded Greenwave's first match is against Blessed Trinity. It is scheduled for 11 a.m.

"After so many years of (wrestling) carrying the flag for Spencer for so many year, it was good to see the success of the football team," Sanders said. "And I think that the success that the football team had has carried over to the wrestling team."

The Greenwave has been led by Elijah McNichols (138 pounds), Keishon Thompkins (132), Kameron Blackshear (170), Jeremy Burgess (152) and Chris Baker (unlimited).

Jasaad Graves has also returned at 220. He had sports hernia surgery.

Jordan also qualified from Area 2. The Red Jackets open against Lumpkin County.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493, Follow Kevin on Twitter@lesports