Marist’s Connor Carrier and Hunter Bailey combine to form one of the state’s most dominating duos in high school wrestling.
Carrier has a 19-1 record and 13 pins at 130 pounds, while Bailey has a 26-2 record and 17 pins at 140. The two senior captains are each four-year starters with more than 100 career wins. Carrier ranks No. 1 in Marist history for career pins, while Bailey holds down the No. 2 spot in the same category.
Here’s some more of the area’s top wrestlers:
*Bryson Brindle, Allatoona: The junior has a 26-0 record at 215 pounds, including first place at the McCallie Powerade and Creekview tournaments. Said coach Joe Lanier, “Very coachable kid … he listens to what we tell him and is motivated to improve. Bryson never stepped foot on a wrestling mat before his freshman year and placed fourth in Class AAAA as a sophomore.”
*Jared Hemmings, GAC: The senior has a 28-2 record at 171 lbs., including first-place finishes at Brookwood Invitational and Winder-Barrow Tournament. “Jared is a very hard worker and has invested a tremendous amount of time in the sport,” GAC coach Jeff Harsh said. “He not only does everything you tell him to do but he does extra as well.”
*Scott Evans, Blessed Trinity: The junior has a 19-3 record at 130 lbs. Said coach Richard Barden, “Scott is a very hard-working individual who takes the sport very seriously. Scott is also a good leader … he takes extra time to show the young guys new moves and works with them on a daily basis to make them better.”
*BabeTunde Shekoni, Duluth: The senior has a 27-4 record at 189 lbs, serving as a team captain on both the school’s wrestling and football squads.
*Jamez Taylor, Campbell: The Wheeler High transfer has a 16-4 record at 135 lbs. Two of his four losses have been by 1 point. Taylor, only a sophomore, has a chance to be Campbell’s first state qualifier in nearly a decade. Said coach Shawn Slenczka, “He is outstanding on his feet and getting much better from the top position.”
*Richard Williams, Meadowcreek. The senior has a 25-5 record at 152 lbs., including finishing as runner-up at the Winder-Barrow tournament. He has a 3.2 GPA, and also plays tailback for the school’s football team and runs as a sprinter in track. Said coach Rich Schumacher, “The amazing thing is that he is only in his second full year of wrestling.”
*Jeffrey Edmonds, Centennial: The senior has a 21-4 record at 171 lbs. Said coach Don St. James, “His work ethic has made him one of the better kids in the state [compared to] being near the bottom his freshman year.”
*Nick Holbert, Collins Hill: The senior has a 33-2 record at 215 lbs., including first place at Florida’s Cougar Invitational.
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