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What Class AAAAA program unseated Pope in the area wrestling meet? 
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Bryan Co. 53, Benedictine 42

Effingham County 68, Bradwell Institute 45

Jeff Davis 55, Metter 50

Jenkins 81, Richmond Hill 49

New Hampstead 55, Tattnall County 51

Pelham 58, Thomasville 41

Seminole County 67, Webster County 51

Southeast Bulloch 72, Brantley County 71 (OT)

Turner Co 90, Charlton Co 57

Wilcox Co 54, Lanier Co 50

Worth Co 56, Crisp Co 52



Brunswick 73, Tift County 55

Charlton Co 54, Clinch Co 53

Early Co 57, Thomasville 48

Effingham County 35, Richmond Hill 33

Johnson-Savannah 56, Savannah 39

Lowndes 54, Colquitt Co 52

Monroe 63, Dougherty 45

Pelham 80, Cook 34

St. Vincent's 50, Metter 32

Turner Co 46, Echols Co 26

Ware Co 48, Glynn Aca 46

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Friday, February 14, 2014


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By Stephen Black
Traditional powers favored in largest classes


The traditional state wrestling championships have been postponed until Feb. 21-22 due to the weather conditions in the metro Atlanta area. The sites have still yet to be determined, but they will likely be held at six separate locations. 


The meets feature some of the same powerhouse teams and individuals as last month's duals. However, this weekend's events will be scored differently as the emphasis is more on the individual than the team. Each weight class will feature both individual and team champions.



            Archer won its first state championship last year and has shown no

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signs of slowing down. The Tigers tore through meets this season on an even faster pace than last year. Coach Tom Beuglas' team qualified wrestlers for the sectionals in each classification and had 11 area champions. And this came in Region 8, one of the most competitive regions in the state.

            The Tigers' prowess has not gone unnoticed. They've been No. 1 in the Score Atlanta/AJC rankings all season and are ranked in the top 10 nationally by several wrestling publications.

            Archer proved their dominance in the Class AAAAAA dual wrestling championships in January by beating every opponent by at least 27 points. The Tigers beat Camden County in the final 42-15. Eight of Archer's wrestlers are the top seed in their respective weight classes.

            Archer is the prohibitive favorite in Class AAAAAA, but Collins Hill, Camden County and Chattahoochee could make a run at the Tigers. Camden County, the runner-up at the state duals meet last month, qualified 13 grapplers for the state meet, one less than the maximum possible. No. 3 Collins Hill will have seven wrestlers competing this weekend, led by top seeds Ryan Millhof, Michael Roquet, Codi Russell and Sean Russell. The Cougars are ranked No. 4 in the state and have qualified eight wrestlers.

            If you're looking for a possible darkhorse to emerge, check out North Forsyth, which has nine wrestlers competing, or North Gwinnett, which is yet another Gwinnett program that has a lot of talent and potential.

            Collins Hill is traditionally the powerhouse from Gwinnett, but has been overshadowed by Archer's recent emergence. The Eagles won five straight state titles before Archer's win last year. Collins Hill claims seven state championships. McEachern claims more state titles than any other Class AAAAAA program with 10. Parkview won state gold in 2004 and 2006.



            Pope has won traditional state championships the last three years, two in Class AAAA and one in Class AAAAA. The Greyhounds also took the duals state title in January, but suffered injuries late in the season. Cambridge, in its second year as a program, defeated the Greyhounds in the area meet to take over at No. 1. Pope and Cambridge each qualified nine wrestlers for the state traditional meet. Pope's Jake Adcock and Jake Henson are the Greyhounds' top two seeds while Cambridge has three: Brandon Filosi, Devin Kane and J.R. Salemi.

            No. 2 Woodland-Bartow, the 2011 Class AAAA state champion, will wrestle 10 grapplers this weekend, giving them a numbers edge over Cambridge and Pope. Woodland boasts three top seeds in Jake Huffine (120), Isaiah Ross (195) and Logan Sims (113). The Wildcats lost narrowly to Pope in the state duals finals. No. 4 Allatoona has eight wrestlers competing and No. 5 Creekview has 10 grapplers. Creekview took fourth in the state duals.

            South Georgia's Ware County brings nine wrestlers and Area 8 champion Clarke Central has eight. Southwest DeKalb, the Area 6 champ, comes into Gwinnett with five wrestlers, including Abdur-Rahman Yasin, who is the top seed in the 152-pound class. Seth Osborne leads Area 4 champion Ola into the state meet as the top seed in the 106-pound class. Ola has six total wrestlers in the state meet.


Class AAAA

            Gilmer is the headliner in this classification. The Bobcats have won five state traditional championships since 2005. But Cass gave Gilmer a battle in the dual state championship, losing by one point to the Bobcats, 31-30. Gilmer will wrestle 12 grapplers this weekend, led by 152-pounder [1] Johnie Flakes, who brings with him an impressive 32-1 record. Ten of Gilmer's 12 qualifiers are seeded in the top four.

            Cass has also qualified 12 grapplers. Colonels heavyweight Tyjuan Jett has a 37-4 record and is the top-seeded heavyweight in the state meet. Blake Walker is also seeded No. 1 and carries a 37-2 record into the state meet in the 126-pound class.

            A third Class AAAA team, Alexander, also will wrestle 12 athletes this weekend. Roman Boylen has dominated the competition in the 138-pound class this season on his way to a 54-1 record and the top seed in the state traditional meet. Alexander is ranked No. 4 in the state and could figure into the mix for the traditional state championship.

            Lithonia has burst onto the scene this year with a bevy of impressive meet wins. The Bulldogs captured the DeKalb Championships, the Last Man Standing meet and the Area 6 championship. Coach Patrick Ryan's squad comes into the state traditional meet ranked No. 3. The Bulldogs took fifth place at the state duals meet, but brings 11 wrestlers into this weekend's meet, including Chris Nelson, who has tallied a 48-3 record this year and was sectionals champion.

            Eastside, the 2009 champ, brings two top seeds out of their four qualifiers. Levi Leach (120 pounds) and Mitchell Troutman (182) enter as Sectional champs.

Basketball tournaments see significant changes



BREAKING NEWS: The region basketball tournaments have been extended through Wednesday. Also, it is not yet official, but it appears the GHSA state basketball playoffs will look as follows:

Round 1: Fri, Feb 21- Sat, Feb. 22

Round 2: Mon, Feb. 24- Tues, Feb. 25

Round 3 Wed, Feb. 26- Thurs, Feb. 27

Seminfinals: Remain as originally scheduled (Fri, Feb. 28- Sat, Mar. 1)


BREAKING NEWS: GHSA pushes back the start of state basketball tournament again



Region 7-A changes

Region 3-AA changes

Region 5-AA changes

Region 6-AA changes

Region 7-AA changes

Region 8-AA changes

 Region 1-AAA changes 

Region 2-AAA changes

Region 3-AAA changes

Region 4-AAA changes

Region 6-AAA changes

Region 7-AAA changes

Class AAAA changes

Region 6-AAAA changes

Region 8-AAAA changes

Region 8-AAAAA changes

Region 2-AAAAAA changes

Region 3-AAAAAA changes

Region 4-AAAAAA changes

Region 5-AAAAAA changes

Region 6-AAAAAA changes

Region 7-AAAAAA changes


*For a complete list of scores and schedules click here

Centennial to host SEC rivals


An SEC showdown will take place at Centennial High School on Friday, February 21st at 7pm. The University of Georgia will be hosting the University of Alabama under the lights for the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Men's Lacrosse game "under the lights."  


Defending Champions, The University of Georgia, is the pick to repeat in the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference Division I 2014 Preseason Poll. The game will feature many players who have played high school lacrosse across the greater Atlanta area. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available.

Auditions around the corner for Falcons squad



The 2014 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders Auditions are April 27 and the first prep class is Feb. 22. For more information, click here.





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