UPDATE: Wrestling’s Team Duals state championships scheduled for this weekend have been postponed until Feb. 25-26 due to inclement weather and school closings. GHSA officials picked the new date to avoid scheduling conflicts, and it was the first weekend after the high school sport was supposed to finish.
“We were looking at the fact with many schools not in session, we couldn’t really have it this weekend,” said the GHSA’s executive director, Ralph Swearngin. “If we tried to put it another weekend during the regular season, it would fall on top of schedules that teams have already made. So we just decided that we would put it at the end.”
BACK TO THE STORY …
Collins Hill High will go for its fourth state championship in a row at this weekend’s GHSA Team Dual Wrestling Tournament in Macon.
Collins Hill has a 21-0 record in dual meets, winning tournaments such as Missouri’s Midwest Classic, the Cleveland (Tenn.) Invitational and the Alexander Duals.
“I feel good about our chances,” said Collins Hill first-year coach Josh Stephen. “I think we’re wrestling well. We had a tough month of December with [traveling to tournaments over the holidays] and the kids responded well.
Collins Hill has three wrestlers on this year’s roster that won individual state championships in previous years — Drew Ferguson (112 pounds), Bazell Partridge (125 pounds) and Mac Bennett (189 pounds). Freshman Sean Russell has also been turning heads at 103 pounds.
“We’re getting back to being healthy, so I feel real good about this weekend,” Stephen said. “If we do what we’re capable of doing, then we shouldn’t have any trouble — although Camden County is a real solid and balanced team. I’m sure we’ll have to deal with them in Macon.”
North Gwinnett, Parkview, Kennesaw Mountain and Valdosta are also top contenders for the Class AAAAA championship. Pope is a favorite in Class AAAA.