Pope and Holy Innocents’ win wrestling championships; Collins Hill’s streak ends

Collins Hill High School had its streak of eight consecutive state championships in wrestling snapped at Saturday night’s Team Duals in Macon.

The dominating run by the Gwinnett County powerhouse in the state’s largest classification was ended by the narrowest of margins.

Camden County was declared the Class AAAAA state champions after edging out Collins Hill in a rare tiebreaker.  The two teams were knotted 27-27 after the completion of the matches, and the tiebreaker was matches won by pins, with Camden holding a 2-1 advantage.

It marked the first time that Collins Hill had lost a dual match to a Georgia team since the 2008 season. Collins Hill had won the last four state titles in both the Team Duals and Traditional state tournament.

“We’re disappointed, especially when you’re used to winning, and especially when it was a state championship match and so close,” Collins Hill coach Josh Stephen said. “It was like pretty much the whole state wanted to see us lose. I guess we kind of gave everybody what they wanted.

“But all we can do is give it our best, which I thought the kids did. We’ve got to learn from this experience and build from it. We’ve got to focus on the Traditionals next month. We’ve still got a chance to win a state championship this year, and we’re going to work hard toward that. Hopefully, we can get a little revenge on Camden there.”

Saturday’s other state champions were Pope in Class AAAA, Gilmer in Class AAA, Jefferson in Class AA, and Holy Innocents’ in Class A. Saturday’s Team Duals were the first of wrestling’s two state championships this year, with the Traditionals to be held next month.

Pope won its first state championship in the Team Duals after finishing second or third in each of the last four years. The Greyhounds won last year’s Traditionals. “Yeah baby, we won that state tournament and it was awesome,” Pope coach Jim Haskin said. “We were knocking at the door for so many years and finally got it.”

The Cobb County school had a dominating performance in the finals, defeating Woodland 56-10. “Our kids were as fired up as I’ve ever seen them,” Haskin said. “They wrestled out of their minds.”

In Class A, Holy Innocents’ pulled out a slim 31-29 win over Gorden Lee to capture its first overall state championship in wrestling.

“When I interviewed for this job years ago, I said that in five years I’d help bring this school a state title” Holy Innocent’s coach Jeff Walrich said. “Here it is, my fifth year, and it happened. I’m so proud of the coaching staff, the families, the fans. We try to make great wrestlers out of these kids but, at the same time, we try to make them into great young men.”

28 comments Add your comment

soccerref

January 15th, 2012
7:09 pm

I wasn’t there, but based on what has been posted on another site, the A finals had alot of drama…and I don’t mean the good kind. Based on the posts, it appears the ref “inserted” himself into this dual and decided it instead of the teams. Below is an excerpt from just one of the posts:

Re: Duals champs

“This dual began at 120 and was to end at 113. Going into the 106 match, GL was leading 27 to 25. Our 106 seemingly won a major decision, but a call was made right after time expired. As our wrestler was snapping down a front headlock, apparently the two wrestlers’ heads hit together. I was told this by a parent who reviewed the video. No one on our bench saw anything out of the ordinary. We were blown away. Our wrestler was suddenly disqualified for flagrant misconduct. Holy innocents got 6 for the match and we lost three team points. We lost another team point when the head coach questioned the call. The score became 31 to 23 Holy Innocents. We pinned in the final match to lose by two. If our 106 had won by major we would have won by a final score of 37 to 25. It was a tough one to swallow to say the least. If you think this sounds like sour grapes, I urge you to talk to someone not associated with my team who saw this. It was witnessed by many.”

As I said, I wasn’t there, but this is the kind of drama that GHSA doesn’t need right now, especially with everything else they have had to deal with lately.

georgia state

January 15th, 2012
7:43 pm

coach stephen,
the state isnt finished just yet. see yall at the gwinnett center

poopdawg

January 15th, 2012
9:01 pm

Somebody that videotaped the GL HI 106 match should send the tape in for review. This official should be thoroughly evaulated.

poopdawg

January 15th, 2012
9:02 pm

evaluated that is

Camden1981

January 16th, 2012
8:04 am

For the coach at Collins Hill to say they gave everyone what they wanted is classless. You were beaten by Camden. You didn’t give anybody anything. Now you want revenge against Camden.Congrats Camden Wildcat Wrestlers for a job well done.

Sam

January 16th, 2012
9:47 am

Nice job Pope Wrestlers…..Coach Haskin and his staff! WELL DONE!

WrestlingFan

January 16th, 2012
11:08 am

Coach Stephen:
Collins Hill did not give the Georgia wretling fans what they wanted, Camden gave us what we wanted. In all my years of watching Georgia High School wrestling, I have never seen a team, coaches, parents, or fans more arrogant than Collins Hill. There is something to be said about winning and losing with dignity and you have taught your team neither. Your little streak is (was) nothing compared to Brandon Florida’s streak yet when it was broken, the fans of Florida were heartbroken. Why do you think that is? Maybe because Brandon didn’t gloat when they won. Maybe because they didn’t whine when they lost. Maybe because the Coaches and parents of Brandon taught their wrestlers a dying ideal called sportsmanship. Where did all your parents and fans go after you lost? They are usually the last ones out of any venue as they taunt and gloat about their victories. I guess they’re not used to sticking around to support and console. Try on a little humility coach. Maybe then the entire state of Georgia besides your own parents and fans will not take so much pleasure in seeing you lose.

guwinster

January 16th, 2012
12:03 pm

I’m just glad we finally had a competitive match between the number 1 and number 2 in AAAAA. Near the beginning of the season I predicted Collins Hill would narrowly win the duals and that Camden had a slight advantage in the Traditional tournament (Camden has already finished ahead of Collins Hill in a traditional tournament). Now Camden has to be the hands off favorite to win the traditional state championship and sweep both tourneys this year.

sugar

January 16th, 2012
12:04 pm

Yes, the tape for GL and HI should be reviewed. I WAS there and yes, there was drama and the not so good kind. I will say that I have never seen such poor and unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the GL team and coaches. The GL team strategy when things were not going their way was to continuously go out of bounds. The refs were very lienent with them on this. And the illegal moves and fake injurys..OMGoodness!!! It was a disgrace to the sport. Check the films and you will know what I am speaking of. And how about teaching your student-athlete to walk out of the event before you get your 2nd place trophy? Again, a disgrace…

Camden74

January 16th, 2012
9:27 pm

Good win Camden! Congratulations! :-D

pbear

January 16th, 2012
11:44 pm

One week before the state duals, Holy Innocents’ crushed Gordon Lee in the area duals. It appears to me that at state, the GL coach told his wrestlers that faced HI champions to not wrestle to win but stay close to the edge of the mat and get off if necessary to avoid a pin. Also, what are the odds of a wrestler being disqualified for illegally injuring his opponent, then the next wrestler for that team getting injured himself and claiming he couldn’t continue. Gordon Lee has some great wrestlers. Too bad their coach has no integrity.

sugar

January 16th, 2012
11:54 pm

Gordon Lee should not be invited back next year.

Notafanofeither

January 16th, 2012
11:54 pm

The video is on you tube. GL has a bunch of punks as usual including the coaches BUT HI is right there with them and they are CHEATERS as well! Stacy Davis shouldn’t be a coach with his relationship to the officials. GL was clearly the best team and should have won…. Guess we see what money can buy!!

bucman

January 17th, 2012
11:52 am

I know Stacy Davis personally, he’s coached my son for many years. You will not find a better coach/better man than Stacy. Not only does he teach boys how to wrestle, he also teaches them to win with class, integrity, and sportsmanship. Congratulations on the championship Stacy and thanks for all your time and effort over the years!

MommaBear

January 17th, 2012
12:07 pm

WOW – watched the video of GL and HI… GHSA should be ashamed of itself for the total lack of professionalism of its referees last weekend. It is their responsibility to make sure our children do not get hurt. This is a huge deal to all of those kids and that is just it they are kids! WHERE WERE THE ADULTS IN THIS MATCH UP? Seems to me that the entire match should be reviewed from start to finish and the referees counseled on their performance. There’s five more weeks to the end of this season… lets make it better than this.

Josh Stephen

January 17th, 2012
6:06 pm

To say that we gave everybody what they wanted isn’t classless. Most of the state wants to see us lose and that’s what happened. Camden earned the win in hard fought match. I don’t see how anyone in my program handled anything inappropriately. I was proud of my guys. You should talk to Coach Wilder and kids on the team to see how they feel we handled the loss. I bet they feel a lot different than you. I felt everyone on my team handled the loss graciously.

CAMDEN1981

January 17th, 2012
7:29 pm

Mr Stephen when you make a statement like you did to the papers and not give the team who beat any credit for a hard fought victory is classless. We have worked hard to build our program to a state champion caliber team like yours. When your team beat Camden last year, you heard nothing about getting revenge or everbody got what they wanted from the Camden Coaches . You’ve won 8 years in a row, great. It goes to show no matter what the sport, Camden never beats anyone and get’s credit for just winning.

Jack

January 17th, 2012
8:35 pm

@CAMDEN1981

Kind of sounds like you guys when it comes to football doesn’t it..just shut the hell up.

Camden74

January 17th, 2012
10:03 pm

Jack!………You damned skippy! If a team beats Camden fair and square, NO PROBLEM! But if there’s a shady situation, you’re right, some of us have a hell of a lot to say! And that ain’t gonna change!!!! :-D

cat doc

January 18th, 2012
6:58 am

Great job wildcats, I am so proud of you all. Keep up the hard work , you have more coming your way.

Camden1981

January 18th, 2012
7:11 am

@JACK

AS LOND AS SOMEONE TALKS DOWN ABOUT MY TEAM , I WILL NOT SHUT THE HELL UP AS YOU CAN SEE.

Jack

January 18th, 2012
5:49 pm

CAMDENS…

Whatever ya’ll say. Reading the posts from SOME of you Camden & Lowndes fans during football season makes me want to throw up. I didn’t really find anything wrong with what that coach said. Stop being so sensitive.

CAMDEN1981

January 18th, 2012
10:30 pm

Now sounds like you are the sensitive one . Bottom line Camden is the New State Champion in Class 5A in Wrestling throw up on that. We are talking Wrestling and not football. I will say this, Camden and Lowndes are proud supportes of our teams AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE DON’T ,WHO CARES. Hey just mabey if you say who your high school team is we can debate about sports but you probably won’t say. Look out Atlanta Camden is coming back to the Kell Classic .

Jack

January 19th, 2012
4:25 pm

Just stop crying…that’s all. My school isn’t around anymore, Peachtree High School in Dekalb. I follow all high school sports just for the fun of it. You guys trying to relive your days through these kids cracks me up.

Camden74

January 19th, 2012
6:11 pm

Jack……..Just in case you don’t know, the reason most GUYS follow any type of sport is to relive some aspect of their, their families or friends/families past! Whether they admit it or not! It’s mostly EGO! And you, just as most people (guys in particular), have an EGO! Unfortunately for you, your old HS has gone the way of the dinosaur. Maybe you’re not telling us, but you have a favorite team. You just don’t have the BALLS, HEART or GUTS to stand up and admit it! Peace out! :-)

CAMDEN1981

January 19th, 2012
11:01 pm

@JACK , I DIDN’T KNOW SUPPORTING MY KID WHO PLAYS FOOTBALL AND ON THE WRESTLING TEAM MEANS OF LIVING ANYTHING THROUGH HIM. I AM SUPPORTING HIM AND THE TEAM. AND YES IT PISS ME OFF WHEN I SEE KIDS WORK HARD TO DO THERE BEST AND THE ADULT COACHES WHO ARE SUPPOSE TEACH OUR KIDS GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP DON’T PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH.

Jack

January 20th, 2012
3:23 pm

I don’t think either of you are really adults..there’s no way.

Camden74

January 20th, 2012
9:18 pm

Jack……..Whatever you say! :-)