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Sunday August 1st, 2021 10:23PM

STATE CHAMPS! Jefferson ends drought, captures 4A Traditionals title

By AccessWDUN Staff

MACON — After winning 18 straight Traditional wrestling titles from 2001 to 2018, it has been a long three-year climb back to the top for perennial power Jefferson.

But the Dragons finally got started on a new streak as they dominated the Class 4A tournament, capturing their first title since 2018 on Friday. They made it a sweep of the 2021 titles after winning the 4A State Duals two weeks ago.

Jefferson had a commanding near-100 point lead over fellow Region 8-4A foes North Oconee and Flowery Branch after the first day and did not let up on Friday. The Dragons finished 265 points with North Oconee holding off Branch (150) for second in the team standings.

East Hall finished 12th with 73 points and Chestatee was 36th with 11 points.

The Dragons put eight to Friday’s finals and piled up 231 points, nearly 100 ahead of second place North Oconee (139). Branch sits third with 128 points and had three advance to the finals.

The Dragons had three individual champions in Chaz McDonald (106-pounds), Davis Dollar (113), and Luke Cochran (170).

Davis Dendy (132), Mason Mingus (138), Ayers Honiotes (145), Hoke Poe-Hogan (152), Creed Thomas (160) all finished as state runners-up for Jefferson. Tyson Thurmond (120) finished third for the Dragons.

For the Falcons, Seth Larson brought home the 145 title trophy beating Jefferson’s Honiotes in the finals.

Aidan Fincher (113) and Jarrett Greene (126) both finished as state runners-up, and Clay Anderson (220) took third for Flowery Branch.

East Hall was led by a third-place showing from Cody Lee (126) and a fourth place by Raymound Grayble at 285.

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