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Friday July 31st, 2015 11:27AM

Wrestling: Area standouts ready to take one more title shot this weekend

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
Starting tomorrow, the state's best wrestlers will take one last shot at ultimate glory when the GHSA's traditional championships get underway.

Or at least half of them will.

Classes AAAA-AAAAAA will begin two-day meets on Friday, while Classes A-AAA will get one-day tournaments underway on Saturday -- thanks to the winter weather that laid waste to the original plan of bringing all the state's top grapplers together last weekend at the Gwinnett Arena.

Even the weather can't derail northeast Georgia's assault on more titles, however, and several area individuals and programs are in the hunt for glory this weekend. (NOTE: For a complete look at the 106 area wrestlers qualified for state finals this weekend, scroll down.)

Certainly the entire state will keep one eye on Jefferson's progress, as the Dragons gun for their 14th straight traditional team title when they travel to Toombs County High to compete in the Class AA tournament in Lyons.

Jefferson has five wrestlers that will enter the weekend as No. 1 seeds, including Price Joiner (113), Chase Piperato (126), Tyler Marinelli (138), Jack Dollar (145) and Caleb Little (160). Marinelli is a two-time defending state champ that has battled injury throughout this season -- as has the entire Dragons line-up, though that didn't stop Jefferson from claiming the AA duals title earlier this season.

Meanwhile, in Class A, Commerce will also try to sweep state crowns this season after already claiming the duals title -- and the Tigers will get to do so at home, starting on Saturday. Commerce will be a heavy favorite, with Dalton Flint (106), Mitchell Patton (113), Austin Brock (120), Trent Reddish (160), Greyson Cochran (170) and Chance McClure (220) all entering as No. 1 seeds. McClure will wrestle for a fourth straight individual crown.

Down the road in Class AAA, McClure's close friend and sparring partner Chip Ness (195) of Buford will also gun for his fourth straight gold medal. Yet the Wolves star has plenty of company amongst his teammates as a No. 1 seed, as Jack Barber (126), Brayden Hartley (132), Trent Ferguson (138) and Rudy Guillen (145) are also No. 1 seeds. Buford will get to compete at home and will face a tough battle from a number of teams, including Area 4-AAA foe Banks County. The Wolves and Leopards have traded blows all season and this weekend could be no different. Banks County's Chris McCrackin (113) and Phillip Dean (182) enter as No. 1 seeds.

Other area Class AAA No. 1 seeds include West Hall's Elliott Raiford (152) and North Hall's Caleb Hamilton (120).

In Class AAAA, Lumpkin County's Greg Hillard (132) will enter as a No. 1 seed when his Indians travel to compete at West Laurens High, staring on Friday in Dublin.


STATE TRADITIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT LOCATIONS
-- Class A, Commerce High
-- Class AA, Toombs County High
-- Class AAA, Buford High
-- Class AAAA, West Laurens High
-- Class AAAAA, Loganville High
-- Class AAAAAA, Chattahoochee High

AREA WRESTLERS QUALIFIED FOR STATE TRADITIONAL FINALS
Listed by classification first, then school
CLASS AAAAA
Flowery Branch
113 pounds -- Ronald Link
126 -- Nolan Alspach
132 -- Stephen Kercher
145 -- Brady Dyer
152 -- Zach Winter
160 -- Quinton Newman
182 -- Jackie Simonds
195 -- Davante King

Gainesville
113 -- Ken Flenoy
138 -- Rodney Timmons
170 -- Chastin Newman
182 -- Triston Cantrell
195 -- Anthony Costantini
220 -- Kash Jones

CLASS AAAA
Chestatee
106 -- Johnathan Alcala
126 -- Christian Zapatero
132 -- Matthew McClellan
138 -- Marvin Cunningham
152 -- Zach Cheshire
160 -- Trevor Comeaux
220 -- Joey Meruelo
285 -- Grayson Entrekin

Johnson
126 -- Thai Cao
132 -- Tommy Lue
285 -- Pedro Estrada

Lumpkin County
106 -- Logan Brown
113 -- Tristian Duckworth
132 -- Greg Hillard
145 -- Daniel Locklear
152 -- Andrew Davis
160 -- Eddie Daniel
170 -- Victor Ramos
182 -- Zach Matthews
195 -- Cole Mayo
220 -- Justin Cantrell

Stephens County
113 -- Corey Kindel
285 -- Gary Walker

CLASS AAA
Banks County
113 -- Chris McCrackin
120 -- Dylan Suttles
138 -- Tony Fultz
152 -- Tristan Guthrie
160 -- Wes Faulkner
182 -- Phillip Dean
220 -- Matt Dilbeck

Buford
106 -- Eli Hartley
120 -- Darius Bunch
126 -- Jack Barber
132 -- Brayden Hartley
138 -- Trent Ferguson
145 -- Rudy Guillen
195 -- Chip Ness
220 -- Justin Loredo

Dawson County
113 -- Justin Evans
132 -- Harrison Adams
182 -- Gavin Brown
195 -- Brett Whalen
220 -- Keaton Toal

East Hall
126 -- Will Davidson
152 -- Edward Vergara
182 -- Tyler Thomas
195 -- Kintavious Johnson
285 -- JD Holloway

Fannin County
138 -- Mason McClure

Jackson County
152 -- Zak Evans
170 -- Chuckie Allen

North Hall
113 -- Taylor Marett
120 -- Caleb Hamilton
132 -- Michael Carew
138 -- David Lush
145 -- Matthew Scavuzzo
182 -- Isaiah Hale
195 -- Darrien Ingram

West Hall
152 -- Elliott Raiford

White County
120 -- Bryce Burkett
132 -- Cody Bearden
220 -- Andrew Posten

CLASS AA
Jefferson
113 -- Price Joiner
126 -- Chase Piperato
132 -- Tanner Thurmond
138 -- Tyler Marinelli
145 -- Jack Dollar
152 -- Zach Boobas
160 -- Caleb Little
170 -- Zach Rhymer
182 -- Tradd Porter
195 -- Deshon Lester
220 -- Michael Paolozzi

Rabun County
160 -- Drew Backer
220 -- Peyton Backer

CLASS A
Commerce
106 -- Dalton Flint
113 -- Mitchell Patton
120 -- Austin Brock
132 -- Michael Patton
138 -- Cole Chancey
145 -- Jake Tate
152 -- Tyreke Wiggins
160 -- Trent Reddish
170 -- Greyson Cochran
182 -- Dontavious Mosley
195 -- Morgan Flint
220 -- Chance McClure
285 -- Derek Benoit

Towns County
126 -- Aaron Collier
138 -- Vonya Baldwin
170 -- Daulton Rogers
195 -- Kyle Davis
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