Trion, Ringgold, Dalton shine in GHSA area traditional wrestling tournaments

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Trion wrestler Toby Maddux, top, was one of five individual champions for the Bulldogs as they hosted the GHSA Area 7-A traditional tournament Saturday and won the team title. The Bulldogs advance 13 wrestlers into next weekend's sectional round.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Trion wrestler Toby Maddux, top, was one of five individual champions for the Bulldogs as they hosted the GHSA Area 7-A traditional tournament Saturday and won the team title. The Bulldogs advance 13 wrestlers into next weekend's sectional round.

Trion, Ringgold and Dalton earned GHSA area traditional wrestling championships Saturday, with several other Northwest Georgia teams also setting themselves up for success in next weekend's sectional round and — especially for a handful of athletes — for individual glory at the state tournament in two weeks.

Trion will send 13 of a possible 14 wrestlers into the Class A sectional round, including five area champions: Jason Jenkins (120 pounds), Clayton Loughridge (138), Coleman Lee (144), Cohen Blaschke (175) and two-time individual state champion Toby Maddux (190).

Coach Eric Brock, after a fourth-place finish for the Bulldogs at state duals two weeks ago, was happy with his mostly young crew.

"Our younger wrestlers stepping up and wrestling hard made the difference today," Brock said. "We had two freshmen make the finals, with Coleman Lee winning the area title and Silas Mills coming up just short after giving it everything he had. Our veterans also took care of business and showed why they are the leaders of this team."

Also at the Area 7-A tournament at Trion, Dade County had three individual champs — Jax Guinn (165), Eli Kimball (285) and two-time individual state champ Landon Williams (215) — and will advance 10 wrestlers overall into the sectionals. Chattooga had individual champions in Bryson Rutledge (106), Landon Carlton (113) and Gavin Carlton (126) and takes nine to sectionals, while Christian Heritage's Cooper Middleton was the 157-pound champ.

In Area 6-AAA, Ringgold went 8-for-8 in the championship finals, getting first-place finishes from Chandler Craig (113), Billy Hamilton (126), Hudson Moss (132), Pierce Pennington (138), Tristan Busch (150), Jaxon Delgado (157), Jeremiah Frost (175) and Brent Lee Raby (215). Last year's Class AAA third-place team, which easily outscored runner-up Coahulla Creek by 47 points, will take 11 into the sectional round. The Colts will also take 11, including champions Adonnis Sanchez (106) and Jackson Lowery (285).

LaFayette advances 10, including area champs Dalton Griffin (120) and Haygen Baker (144), with Ridgeland taking eight, Gordon Lee six — including area champion Layne Vaughn (165) — and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe nine, led by area champ Eldin Rizzo (190).

In Area 7-AAAAA, Dalton pulled off a mild upset by defeating Woodland-Bartow 243 points to 231.5 and will take all 14 of its wrestlers to the sectionals. The Catamounts had champions in Zaedin Ausmus (132) and Stryker Woods (215), plus five individual runners-up. Calhoun advances nine, led by area champs Marty Gonzalez (150) and Isaac Green (165).

In Area 7-AAAA, Heritage was a distant second to reigning state champion Central-Carroll, but the Generals had individual champions in Skylar Grant (175) and Evan Wingrove (190) and will take 12 wrestlers into the next round.

Northwest Whitfield had a pair of area champs in Nicholas Ramirez (160) and Holden McCullough (157) and will advance seven, with Southeast Whitfield advancing eight, including area champ Olli Webb (120).

Contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com.

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