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Evans wrestler Drew Eller wins state championship

Posted: February 15, 2017 - 1:21am
Evans wrestler Drew Eller defeated Travian Walton, of Valdosta, with a score of 18-6 in the championship match of the 126-pound class in the GHSA Class AAAAAA Championship on Saturday.
Evans wrestler Drew Eller defeated Travian Walton, of Valdosta, with a score of 18-6 in the championship match of the 126-pound class in the GHSA Class AAAAAA Championship on Saturday.

Drew Eller made history this past weekend.

Eller won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA wrestling championship for the 126-pound class. Eller became the first athlete in the Augusta area to win a wrestling state title as a freshman.

In the final match, Eller defeated senior Travian Walton, of Valdosta, with a score of 18-6. Eller defeated three seniors and a junior in the state championship, finishing the season with a 51-0 record.

Eller won the school's first state championship in a decade. Swimmer C.J. Hendry won a state title in the 100 back in 2007, while Martin Kata also won a swimming championship that year for Evans in the 100 free.

Grovetown junior Greggory Rodgers posted his best showing in the state tournament. In the 220 division, Rodgers rallied after an early loss to finish in third place. He defeated Northside's Dalton Elliott on a 4-3 decision in his last match of the tournament.

Last year, Eller and his family returned to Evans after spending 10 years in Colorado. There, he developed a love of wrestling and began competing in top-notch events. When he and his family left the Centennial State, naysayers told Eller he would take a step backward in the sport.

Then, he won the 2016 Georgia freestyle state championship, as well as the 2016 Georgia Greco-Roman state championship. A two-time U.S. junior open champion who finished last season as the third-ranked Future Olympian by USA Wrestling, Eller now has a state title to his name with three years remaining in his prep career.

"A lot of people in Colorado said when I moved to Georgia and when I came to Evans, which wasn't a very big wrestling place, that I would go down and be average and not win anything big," he said. "My coach in Colorado wanted me to prove them all wrong. He wanted me to succeed and show everybody I could still do this."

 

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Drew Eller - State Champion

Such a humble young man! Great job.

Shamar Cofield (Jr - Grovetown) also placed 3rd.

Gary Speed Jr (So - Grovetown) and Taveyon Grissom (Sr - Lakeside) placed 6th.

Columbia Counties very own Fab Five!