Wrestling: GAC wins meet; Lovett, Buford back to full strength

By Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

This past weekend showed there is a wealth of talent in Class AA. Greater Atlanta Christian won the Yellow Jacket Duals on Saturday and moved to 19-8 with wins over Adairsville, South Paulding, Rockmart and Marist. Social Circle, which finished fourth in state last season, placed first ahead of defending Class AA state champion Jefferson at the Panther Invitational. The Redskins gathered the most points in the tournament without having a single grappler win an individual title.

Lovett will have a full squad now that football season ended with a Class AA state championship in the Dome on Saturday. Class AAA Buford will also benefit from the end of football season and placed second in the 40th Annual McGavock Invitational held in Nashville, Tenn., despite entering just nine wrestlers. Six of nine Buford wrestlers reached the semifinals.

Allatoona scored a title at its Parlay Invitational over the weekend with a 17.5-point edge over Woodland-Bartow. The Buccaneers survived a field that included third-place Chattahoochee, fourth-place Cass, Etowah, Walton, Hillgrove and Pebblebrook. Allatoona’s Jack Woods placed first at 138 pounds and Jacob Robinson took first at 160 pounds.

Grayson continues to show its strength and depth this season. The Rams finished first at the Hoya Invitational on Dec. 7 and placed 12 wrestlers in the semifinals. Elijah Mackey, Zachary Mooney, Logan Kadel and Demetrius Williams each won their classes. On Dec. 10, the Rams won a significant area match over Parkview 39-38 and on Dec. 14 they placed first at the Eric Hill Memorial. Seniors Ben Sewell, Davion Radford and Junior Logan Kadel were individual champs. This Friday and Saturday, Grayson will be tested at the Gwinnett County tournament held at Dacula High School.

Defending Class AAAAAA-champion Archer is still the team to beat in Gwinnett County and in the state of Georgia. The undefeated (15-0) Tigers went 5-0 to win the Al Miller-Cleveland Duals on Saturday. The nationally-ranked Tigers handed Baylor (Tenn.) its first loss of the season with a dominating 47-20 victory in the championship match. Archer’s next match will be the Midwest Classic in Kansas City (Mo.) Dec. 20-21.

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