clear
Wednesday February 10th, 2016 3:16PM

Wrestling: Area wrestlers, storylines thick on final day of traditional championships

By staff
MACON -- Jefferson wrestling will have to be at its best to ensure it captures a 13th straight traditional championship on Saturday, while a number of Area 4-AAA grapplers are set for state title shots.

Jefferson enters Saturday's competition in Macon with five wrestlers in position to claim individual crowns and six more competing in the consolation semifinals. The Dragons currently lead the Class AA team team standings 129 to 106.5 over Bremen. Yet Bremen has also placed five competitors in the championship round.

The two foes will have a chance to battle head-to-head in the 152-pound class, as Jefferson's Jake Sherman will face Bremen's Kannon Madden for the title.

Dragons wrestlers Chase Piperato (106), Ben Kelly (113), Tyler Marinelli (138) and Jace McColskey (182) also reached the finals, as did Riverside Military Academy's Christopher Harvey (126).

In Class AAA, things are looking very much like a big weekend for northeast Georgia, as 12 different wrestlers from area programs have reached championship finales -- many against each other.

Banks County enters the day in third place -- 14.5 points behind leader Woodward Academy -- and the Leopards will compete for four championships via Chris McCrackin (106), Mason Patton (126), Wes Faulkner (160) and Eli Smallwood (170). McCrackin will battle North Hall's Taylor Marrett, while Patton will face Buford's Brayden Hartley. And Smallwood must take on Jackson County's Daivon Ledford.

The 182 finale will also feature a northeast Georgia-only tussle between Buford's Chip Ness, who will battle Dawson County's Gavin Brown for a repeat crown.

The Wolves' Jack Barber (113) will also compete in the championship round, while North Hall's Tyler Krazter will go for a 145-pound crown. East Jackson's Jeff Chandler is also in the 285 title round.

In Class AAAA, Lumpkin County's Greg Hilliard also has a chance for a crown, competing in the 113 finale.

The Class A championships will also feature four Commerce competitors, including Chance McClure (220), who is in the hunt for a repeat crown. Michael Pittman (126), Graeson Cochran (160) and Trent Reddish (170) also reached the title round.

These wrestlers are also alive in the consolation round but can finish no higher than third place:

Class A
Commerce
138 -- Joshua Westmoreland
195 -- Morgan Flint

Towns County
132 -- Vonya Baldwin

Class AA
Jefferson
126 -- Josh Harris
132 -- Tanner Thurmond
145 -- Jack Dollar
160 -- Zach Rhymer
170 -- Tradd Porter
220 -- Aaron Anderson

Class AAA
Banks County
182 -- Hayden Dilbeck
195 -- Matt Dilbeck

Buford
106 -- Darius Bunch

Dawson County
170 -- Evan Kells

East Hall
152 -- Edward Vergara
160 -- Corey Reece

Jackson County
120 -- JT Wood
132 -- Conner Andreasen

West Hall
152 -- Elliott Raiford

White County
195 -- Andrew Posten

Class AAAA
Chestatee
106 -- Jose Reyes-Lavallee
113 -- Bartolo Velasquez

Class AAAAA
Flowery Branch
138 -- Zach Winter
145 -- Brady Dyer
182 -- Grant Simonds
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bartus, Icemen shuts out Gwinnett
Garrett Bartus pitched a 42 save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year
10:23PM ( 2 years ago )
Gator Bowl Preview Capsule
A rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which Georgia won 45-31 in Orlando.
8:52PM ( 2 years ago )
Millsap's 34 leads Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap had season highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon.
7:44PM ( 2 years ago )
Sports
Big Red Shootout: Buford foils Lady Elephants' upset bid in finale
Buford junior Camille Anderson knows to forget about the past during games.
11:09PM ( 2 years ago )
Boys basketball: Knights rebound with win over Centennial
The Johnson boys bounced back after a loss to Grayson on Friday with a 94-72 win Saturday night over Centennial in the Duluth Jingle Jam.
10:43PM ( 2 years ago )
Girls basketball: Dawson falls in Battle of States finals
Dawson County fell behind early and could not complete the comeback in a 70-65 loss to Hayesville, N.C. in the championship game of The Battle of the States Tournament Saturday night.
10:38PM ( 2 years ago )
High School Sports
(UPDATE) Basketball: 7-AAA games again postponed due to weather; 8-AA also altered
Region 7-AAA, for the second time in as many days, and Region 8-AA have been forced to alter their region tournament schedules for today due to winter weather...
By AccessWDUN Staff
5:20PM ( 2 hours from now )
Falcons owner Blank to have surgery for prostate cancer
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is planning surgery for what he says is a treatable form of prostate cancer.
By The Associated Press
10:30AM ( 4 hours ago )
(VIDEO) 8-AAAAA tournament: GHS boys advance, Falcons drop heartbreaker in quarterfinals
The ingredients were there Tuesday for Flowery Branch to cook up the first upset of the Region 8-AAAAA boys tournament....
9:07AM ( 6 hours ago )
8-A tournament: Lakeview surges past Athens Academy into semifinals
The Lakeview Academy boys basketball team cruised into the Region 8-A semifinals on Tuesday courtesy a 64-48 defeat of Athens Academy in Athens.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:57PM ( 15 hours ago )
8-A tournament: Lady Lions move into region semifinals
The Lakeview Academy girls basketball team picked up a victory in the first round of the Region 8-A tournament on Tuesday in Athens.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:36PM ( 15 hours ago )