It was a historic Saturday for George Walton Academy as two Bulldogs grapplers earned individual state wrestling titles at the Georgia High School Association traditional state championship tournament.
Seniors Chris Sperin and Patrick Morris won state titles at 145 pounds and 170 pounds, respectively. The two are the first GWA wrestlers to win individual state titles in the GHSA since the school became a member in 2010.
Michael Dagenhart also placed fifth at 152 pounds to give GWA three state placers and a sixth-place finish in the team standings.
For Social Circle it was a bit of a down year. However, the Redskins still finished with five state placers to earn fifth place in the final team standings.
“If that’s a down year for us, I’ll take it,” Redskins head coach Randy Prater said. “That’s still impressive to have that many guys get to the state tournament.”
Will Hames won an individual state title at 152 pounds while Tyler Snowden finished as the state runner-up at 126 pounds. Lance Thacker (106) and Jacob Bregman (145) each placed fifth in the state tournament.
Social Circle heavyweight Rod Nunnally wrapped up his high school career as a four-time state placer at 285 by finishing third Saturday morning. Nunnally has placed third, fourth, third and third during his time with the Redskins and is also a two-time All-American.
Walnut Grove finished the tournament with a program best four state placers. Zach Coleman finished fifth at 106 pounds, Sam Pinder finished sixth at 132 pounds, Jonathan Paramore finished fourth at 170 pounds and Dalton Dimsdale finished sixth at 220 pounds.
The Warriors finished 10th overall in the team standings.
Loganville put three wrestlers on the podium Saturday. The Red Devils’ highest placer was Micah Cordle, who finished fourth in Class AAAAA at 285 pounds. Brian Stratford finished fifth at 195 pounds while freshman Davis Roesler finished fifth at 160 pounds.
Monroe Area had one state placer in the tournament. Bernard Manga finished fifth at 195 pounds in Class AAA.
Over in the Georgia Independent School Association, Loganville Christian Academy had two state placers during GISA’s state wrestling tournament last week. Sam Smith placed sixth at 106 pounds while LaJalan Stephens placed fifth at 220 pounds.