Ringgold has four sectional champs, eight qualifiers for GHSA state traditional tournament

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Ringgold's Jaxon Delgado, left, wrestles Adairsville's Howard Bailey during the 157-pound final in a GHSA Class AAA sectional Saturday at Coahulla Creek High School. Delgado won by pin and was one of four individual champions for Ringgold among the Tigers' eight qualifiers for next weekend's state traditional tournament in Macon.
Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Ringgold's Jaxon Delgado, left, wrestles Adairsville's Howard Bailey during the 157-pound final in a GHSA Class AAA sectional Saturday at Coahulla Creek High School. Delgado won by pin and was one of four individual champions for Ringgold among the Tigers' eight qualifiers for next weekend's state traditional tournament in Macon.

The good news for Ringgold High School wrestlers from Saturday's GHSA Class AAA sectional at Coahulla Creek was scoring more team points than any other program and having four individual champions.

The bad news is that the tournament field was so deep that the Tigers — whose 99 points were three more than the next team on the list, Bremen — will head to next weekend's state traditional tournament in Macon with only eight competitors. Bremen, on the other hand, will take 12 wrestlers.

Ringgold, last year's surprise third-place state finisher, backed up its dominating Area 6-AAA title last week with first-place sectional finishes by freshman Billy Hamilton (126 pounds), Jaxon Delgado (157) and reigning state champions Pierce Pennington (138) and Tristan Busch (150), plus a runner-up showing by Hudson Moss, who lost in extra time at 132 pounds.

Coahulla Creek, fourth in team points, was led by a foursome of runner-up finishers: Adonnis Sanchez (106), Drake Goff (126), Danny Liddy (138) and Jackson Lowery (285). Gordon Lee had four state qualifiers, including two champions in freshman Noah Brown (106) and sophomore Layne Vaughn (165), while LaFayette also had two champions in Dalton Griffin (120) and Haygen Baker (144).


Area 7-A champion Trion can feel Ringgold's pain as the Bulldogs managed to qualify only seven wrestlers for Macon during the Class A sectional in Dublin and had just one individual champ, Jason Jenkins (120). Two-time reigning individual state champ Toby Maddux, who moved up to 190 pounds this year, lost in the finals to nationally ranked Hoke Hogan of Commerce via a third-period pin.

Dade County qualified five, including Landon Williams, a two-time state champion who moved up to 215 pounds for this postseason. Williams pinned each of his four opponents Saturday and improved to 47-0 as a senior.

Chattooga qualified five for Macon and had a sectional-high three champions in Landon Carlton (113), Gavin Carlton (126) and Zayden Cook (175). Commerce had two champions and advanced a sectional-best 10 competitors.

Central-Carroll dominated the Class AAAA sectional at Troup County, producing six individual champions and advancing 13 to Macon while accumulating 156 points (Troup County was second at 87). Southeast Whitfield was third at 68 points with five qualifiers and had a pair of first-place finishers in Olli Webb (120), who is a former state champion, and Joseph Morales (215).

Fourth-place Northwest Whitfield (65) had a pair of runners-up in Holden McCullough (157) and Tony Burnecke (190), while fifth-place Heritage (62) qualified six, including champions Skylar Grant (175) and Evan Wingrove (190).

Dalton, last week's surprise Area 7-AAAAA champion, had three individual champions and was second in points behind Woodland-Bartow at the Class AAAAA sectional at Harris County. Winning for the Catamounts, who will take 11 wrestlers to Macon, were Zaedin Ausmus (132), Randy Slinger (157) and Stryker Woods (215).

Calhoun had an individual champ in Isaac Green (165).

In the girls' sectional at Harris County, Southeast Whitfield's Terra Burse (190) finished first and Chattooga's Kendra Heroch (140) was second.

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