CLASS A: With three state champions, Commerce tallied 159 points and won its seventh consecutive traditional state crown, a prospect that a few days appeared questionable since only nine Tigers qualified for the state meet, compared to the 12 qualified by Trion (second place, 157.5 points), Mt. Pisgah Christian (third place, 122 points) and Holy Innocents’.
State champions included Dawson Legg (113 pounds), who pinned Art Martinez of Holy Innocents’, Jake Frates (182 pounds), who scored a major decision (18-5) over Erik Dodder of Mount Vernon, and Elijah Burns (195 pounds), who pinned Cameo Blankenship of Telfair County.
Also for Commerce, Daniel Nash was third at 106 pounds, Bryson Flint was third at 126 pounds, Brayden Phillips was third at 170 pounds, Josh Frates was third at 220 pounds and Ethan Epps was sixth at 285 pounds.
For Athens Academy (20th place, 26.5 points), Elliott Williamson finished fifth at 160 pounds and Ethan Connelly was sixth at 182 pounds.
For Athens Christian (23rd place, 20 points), Brian Rodriguez finished second at 132 pounds, dropping a major decision (17-7) to Jake Swink of Holy Innocents’.
Wrestling Roundup: Who qualified for state traditionals? - ABH
CLASS A: At the East Sectional at Strong Rock Christian in Locust Grove, Commerce served notice that the Tigers are ready and willing to defend their Class A state championship by qualifying 12 wrestlers for next week’s state meet in Macon.
Weight division champions from Commerce included Daniel Nash (106 pounds), Dawson Legg (113 pounds), Bryson Flint (126 pounds), Jake Frates (182 pounds) and Elijah Burns (195 pounds).
Second-place finishers included Brayden Phillips (170 pounds) and Josh Frates (220 pounds). Ethan Epps (285 pounds) came in fourth place, Caleb Lovin (120 pounds) came in sixth place, Landon Worley (132 pounds) was seventh, Lambdon Hardy (160 pounds) was seventh and Logan Sherman (152 pounds) came in eighth place.
Makaila McCormick (142 pounds, second place) and Kaylii McCormick (132 pounds, fourth place) will represent Commerce in the girls’ state competition.
For Athens Christian, Brian Rodriguez won the 132-pound championship, Ali Nabulsi finished fifth at 152 pounds and Joseph Ulrich was fourth at 182 pounds.
For Athens Academy, Jarad Faulkner finished sixth at 138 pounds, Elliot Williams finished third at 160 pounds and Ethan Connelly was fifth at 182 pounds.
CLASS A: At Commerce, the Tigers touted 13 wrestlers advancing to sectionals with six weight-division champions as they won the Area 6-A championship for the 10th consecutive year.
Daniel Nash (106 pounds), Dawson Legg (113 pounds), Bryson Flint (126 pounds), Michael Sherman (138 pounds), Jake Frates (182 pounds) and Elijah Burns (195 pounds) all finished first in their respective weight classes.
Runners-up included Caleb Lovin (120 pounds), Brayden Phillips (170 pounds) and Josh Frates (220 pounds). Landon Worley (132 pounds), Logan Sherman (152 pounds), Lambdon Hardy (160 pounds) and Ethan Epps (285 pounds) all finished in third place.
Athens Academy qualified six wrestlers, including Elliott Williamson (second place, 160 pounds), Ethan Connelly (third place, 182 pounds), Steven Holder (third place, 170 pounds), Jarad Faulkner (third place, 138 pounds), Michael Cashen (fourth place, 126 pounds) and Josh Forsythe (fourth place, 195 pounds).
Athens Christian had six wrestlers qualify, including Brian Rodriguez, who recorded three pins and won the 132-pound division. Other qualifiers included Eli Vaughn (fourth place, 106 pounds), Josiah Staley (second place, 145 pounds), Ali Nabulsi (second place, 152 pounds) and Joseph Ulrich (fourth place, 182 pounds).
Commerce, Athens Academy and Athens Christian will compete at the Class A East section Friday and Saturday at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.
PHOTOS: Area schools compete in Classic City Championship wrestling - ABH
The Classic City Championship was held at North Oconee on Tuesday, December 11, 2019. North Oconee finished first, Oconee County finished second and Clarke Central finished third in the event. Click [HERE] to view photos from the Athens Banner - Herald.
Starting with the 2015-16 school year, wrestling has been added to the list of the school's athletic offerings. Since wrestling takes place in the winter athletic season, the addition of the sport provides a welcome opportunity for student-athletes who might not otherwise participate in basketball or swimming & diving.