Taking the first step to get to the Georgia state championships, county high schools wrestled at the Region 2-AAAAA Championships Saturday at Warner Robins.
Evans High School was the highest finisher, coming in third as a team with 138 points, one point ahead of fourth-place finisher Greenbrier. The Knights had nine wrestlers advance to the Class AAAAA East Sectionals in Loganville, Ga. this weekend, while the Wolfpack had eight wrestlers qualify. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class at the sectionals go on to the states the following weekend.
“It’s been really special this year,” said Knights head coach Rich Davis, whose team won the Columbia County dual championship Jan. 29. “To be able to send nine is a huge improvement.”
Winning region titles for the Knights were sophomore Felipe Alatorre (120), junior Monte Britton (160), and senior Josh Manley (182). Greenbrier senior Marcus Joyner took first at 152 pounds.
Greenbrier second-place finishers were junior Wes Taylor (113), senior Brad Suitor (120), junior Alex Torres (138) and sophomore Jeffrey Bourbo (145). Taking third were freshman Sam Torres (106) and junior Jacob Welsh (132) while freshman Jarrad Evans (160) was fourth.
Third-place finishers for Evans were freshman David Cole (120), sophomore Hunter Young (126), sophomore Gavin Pence (145) and sophomore Jay Allen (170) as senior Donald Francis (138) and junior Matthew Gruba (195) came in fourth,
“All the boys really represented the Augusta area well and it shows that wrestling is on an upward path,” Davis said.
At the South Carolina Independent School Association State Individual Championships at Cardinal Newman Saturday, two first-year Augusta Christian wrestlers finished in the top three of their respective weight classes as freshman Jacob Gardner took second at 120 pounds while junior Devonte Shanks (160) finished third.