Heritage and Gordon Lee will be taking 10 wrestlers each to the GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championships next weekend in Duluth after completing successful sectional tournaments Saturday.
Heritage sent six wrestlers into the championship round and earned 3-AAA sectional titles from Madison Martin, Landon Reed Andy Bratton and Jacob Tripp. James Voorhees, Michael Moore, Logan Perkins, Austin Frye and Michael Shepard also finished in their respective weights' top eight.
Rival Gilmer County, which had two champions, will be taking nine to the state while upstart Carrollton will be taking 10.
"I'm very proud of our kids, especially with the way they worked hard to prepare for this tournament," Heritage coach Kenny Hill said. "Now we hope that hard work pays off next week at the state."
LaFayette, headlined by 152-pound champion Brady Hart, will be taking five to state, with Southeast Whitfield qualifying four and Ringgold three.
Gordon Lee qualified each of the 10 wrestlers it took to the 3-A sectional at Bremen, getting individual titles from Chase Wood, Ethan West and Corey Jewell. Also qualifying were Johny Ragsdale, Mika Clark, Will Jacks, Kory Allmond, Jonathan Bettis, Shane Farmer and Clayton Reeves. Defending champion Bremen qualified nine wrestlers, while duals champion Holy Innocents' is taking a tournament-best 12 to the state.
"We achieved our goal of qualifying all 10 and I think we should draw very well [at the seeding meeting], Gordon Lee coach Brent Raby said. "I think we have an excellent chance to win it all, but we'll settle that next weekend."
At the 3-AA west sectional, Calhoun, Sonoraville and surprising Gordon Central qualified five wrestlers each. Among Calhoun's qualifiers was Donnell Anthony, who won the title at 138. Sonoraville's Layson West was the 145-pound champion, while Chattooga's Brandon Stiffles, already a two-time state champ, was the 152-pound titlist.
Lovett and Greater Atlanta Christian qualified 11 wrestlers each.
Northwest Whitfield qualified four wrestlers in the 3-AAAA west sectional.
Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...