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Brigham places fourth at state wrestling tourney

Posted: February 16, 2013 - 6:22pm  |  Updated: February 20, 2013 - 1:20am
Lakeside's JaVeon Brigham finished fourth in the 170-pound weight class at the 2012-2013 GHSA Class AAAAA Traditional State Wrestling Tournament.  File photo by Jim Blaylock/staff
File photo by Jim Blaylock/staff
Lakeside's JaVeon Brigham finished fourth in the 170-pound weight class at the 2012-2013 GHSA Class AAAAA Traditional State Wrestling Tournament.

After losing a tough first-round match by a point, Lakeside High School’s JaVeon Brigham (26-5) fought his way through the 170-pound bracket to a fourth-place finish at the 2012-2013 GHSA Class AAAAA Traditional State Wrestling Tournament.

The first match, a 5-4 loss to Woodland’s Jermell Lewis, saw the Panthers’ senior give his all.

“We had to carry him off the mat, he fought hard,” said Panthers wrestling coach Brad Freeman, whose team finished 32nd with 17 points. “After that I think every match he faced, I think he realized that if he lost his career was done.”

Brigham’s trek through the three-day event then included a 6-5 win over OLA’s Aaron Branch, pinning South Paulding’s Jacob Sledge, beating Glynn Academy’s Kenneth Sledge 10-7, winning another close decision 7-5 over Creekview’s Hunter Udall before falling 6-1 to Stephenson’s Darion Perry in the final match.

Lakeside’s 195-pound senior Brad Sankey (26-3) entered with a 24-1 record and alternated wins and losses before a 4-3 loss to Union Grove’s Tyler Cooley in his fourth match of the tournament.

Grovetown finished with three points as 120-pounder Jessie Maya (32-5) won his first match before dropping the next two.

Evans tied with three other schools for 41st with three points. At 160 pounds, Monty Britton (48-10) lost his initial match, won his second and was eliminated after the third. Josh Manley (37-14) lost both his matches at 182 pounds as did Matt Gruba (36-18) at 195 pounds.

TEAM RESULTS

32. Lakeside (17)

T-39. Grovetown (4)

T-41. Evans (3)

120: Jessie Maya (Grovetown) pin Mikahi Dorsey (Arabia Mountain), 3:47; Andrew Geigrich (Clarke Central) maj. dec. Maya, 11-2; Orry Suich (Harris County) dec. Maya, 4-3.

160: Elijah Kerr-Brown (Rome) tech-fall Monty Britton (Evans), 17-0; Britton pin Quantez Tyre (Southwest Dekalb), 4:35; Tavon Powell (Effingham County) dec. Britton, 7-2.

170: Jermell Lewis (Woodland) dec. JaVeon Brigham (Lakeside), 6-5; Brigham dec. Aaron Branch (Ola), 6-5, Brigham pin Jacob Sledge (South Paulding), 4:58; Brigham dec. Kenneth Sledge (Glynn Academy), 10-7; Brigham dec. 7-5 Hunter Udall (Creekview), 7-5; Darion Perry (Stephenson) dec. Brigham, 6-1.

182: Jaden Smith (Ola) pin Josh Manley (Evans), 1:58; AJ Spencer (Union Grove) pin Manley, 3:56.

195: Luke Runyan (Starr’s Mill) pin Matt Gruba (Evans), :28; Brad Sankey (Lakeside) dec. Sean Classon (Rome), 3-1; Dalton Mydell (Effingham County) dec. Sankey, 6-0; Davante King (Flowery Branch) maj. dec. Gruba, 9-1; Sankey maj. dec. Logan Ridings (Creekside), 10-0; Tyler Cooley (Union Grove) dec. Sankey, 4-3.

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