Several local high school wrestlers won state titles this past week/weekend at GHSA Traditional Championships held at the Macon Centreplex.
Houston County had three qualify at the AAAAAA level. They were Bryan Hernandez, Reed Vincent and D’Monte Harris. Hernandez, a junior, won in the 132-pound weight class. He beat Alan Tran via a fall at the 1:03 mark. Vincent, another junior, won at 152 pounds. He got the decision over Little Nelson of Alexander, 6-5. Harris on the other hand, finished fifth at 220.
Northside also had a pair – Dashawn Farber and Maulik Winfield – qualify, and with one earning first. That was Farber, a sophomore, who wrestled his way to a 10-3 decision over Zayd Ansari of Alexander in the 138-pound weight class.
Winfield, a senior grappled his way to eighth at 182 pounds.
Warner Robins put six wrestlers into the Traditionals at the AAAAA level. They were: Christian Garraud, 132 pounds, Gabriel Floyd, 160 pounds, Alex Mashburn, 195 pounds, Sam Bish, 220 pounds – all seniors and Ja’ven Gooch, a junior and at 182 pounds.
Bish fared best, earning third at 220 pounds. He wrestled to a 5-4 decision over Hadley Jackson of Thomas County Central.
Veterans had eight qualify. They were Connor Ware, a senior at 145 pounds, Charlie Wilson, another senior at 285, Colt Schneller at 160 and Bryce Linde at 120 – both juniors and sophomores, Ethan Martin, 106, Julian Farber, 113, Francis Morrissey, 138 and Kevin Reynolds, 152.
Morrissey won state, wrestling to a 3-2 decision over Blaine Bergey of Buford.
Two finished third: Martin and Farber and one finished fourth – Reynolds.
Perry also had five at the AAAA level: Jadorrian Bass, a freshman at 106 pounds, Triston Thiel and Zeke Taylor, sophomores at 138 and 182, respectively, and seniors Moss Payton, 160, and Jordan Williams, 220.
Despite their best efforts, none could crack the top six -or up to 10 – guaranteed spots.