Georgia Class 4A State Tournament Fan's Guide

 Photo Credit: Clarke Central

Photo Credit: Clarke Central

We are excited to bring you "A Fan's Guide" to the GHSA State Tournaments that are taking place this coming weekend in Macon, Georgia.  We are pleased to provide the casual fan an insider's look into each bracket and what may (or may not) happen over the course of the weekend.  We make no predictions about who will win.  For each weight class we provide a few bulletpoints to watch and then a copy of the bracket (which you can see for yourself on trackwrestling.com).  Each weight class features:

  • Favorite: Our favorite to win the weight class based on this past season and past performance.
  • Contenders: A list of wrestlers that should challenge the favorite for the top step on the podium.
  • Best 1st round match: The match we believe will be the most entertaining during the 1st round of action.
  • Darkhorse: A wrestler that did not finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in his/her section, but has all the tools to knock off everyone and take the top step.
  • Bracket Buster: A wrestler that finished 5th (or lower) in his/her sectional, but has the ability to be somewhere on the podium on Saturday evening.
  • Predicted Finals Match: Obviously who we believe will be in the finals.

A few notes before we have a look at each weight class.  First, we provide a copy of the bracket (a screenshot from trackwrestling) at the bottom of each "narrative".  Second, it is important to state that much of what is written below is not revolutionary.  It has some opinion, but is largely based on data.  We are limited in the amount of data we have because not every program in the state uses trackwrestling to provide results.  As a result, we collect tournament results throughout the season and pour over those results when trying to construct the Fan's Guide.  If wrestler x lost to wrestler y in a dual on a Tuesday night in late January ... it will not likely be reflected in the Fan's Guide. In the Tempest by William Shakespeare, Antonio uses the phrase "What's past is prologue" to suggest that everything that happened before now, has led to the opportunity that now sits before you.  As a result, we use a few #'s as context for why we have chosen certain wrestlers in the the categories identified above.  Remember ... this is not designed as a prediction.  Rather it is designed to help those sitting in the stands understand our great sport and what to watch over the next two days.

  • A Favorite will almost always be one of the two sectional champions ... and the list of contenders will have the other sectional champion and both sectional runners-up as well.  The list of contenders might include other wrestlers, but it will always include the sectional champions and runners-up. The reason ... 12 of the 14 2016 6A State Champions were Sectional Champions (Elias was a runner-up at sectionals at 160 and Bardall was 3rd at sectionals at 285).  In fact, all but 8 of the finalists last season were sectional champions (with many of the non-sectional champions being runenrs-up to the other finalist the week before).
  • North Forsyth's Jackson Bardall is a good example of a non-section champion or runner-up coming through on the biggest stage.  Bardall lost in the 6A Section A quarterfinals last season, but turned that around and took the top spot at the state tournament ... there is always a chance that a darkhorse will come through and win it all.

NOTE: I have tried to correct any incorrect names or grades, but I'm certain a few have slipped through the cracks.  Apologies for anyone that has incorrect information posted in the brackets ... the summaries are written largely from what has been produced in the brackets.  Also if an alternative has been included and a wrestler has been removed because of injury ... please keep in mind that it takes several days to write the Fan's Guides and we are unable to go back and check (and correct) anything updated after Monday.

Team

  • Favorite: 
    • Jefferson claimed the Dual State Title a few weeks ago and enters this weekend as the favorite for the traditional team title.  The Dragons qualified 12, with more than half (7) finishing either 1st or 2nd at the sectional tournament.  Add in John Peavey and Coy Strong who finished 3rd and Jefferson has as many as 9 wrestlers with a very legitimate shot at making the championship semifinals on Friday.  They are going to be tough to beat.
  • Contenders:
    • Tier 1
      • Gilmer, Luella, and West Laurens each qualified 11 and should be in the hunt.  Gilmer had 3 section champions (Puac, Seabolt, and Waddell), two runners-up (Dyer and Reynoso), and 1 3rd place finisher (Crump).  Meaning they have a real shot at having 6 in the championship semifinals.  West Laurens seems like the team that has the best opportunity to overtake Jefferson.  The Raiders qualified 11, but had 4 section champs (2nd only to Jefferson), 2 Runners-up, and two 3rd place finishers.  If all 8 can advance to the championship semifinals, the Raiders should be nipping at the Dragons heels.  Luella also qualfiied 11, but their make-up is significantly different than either Gilmer or West Laurens.  The Lions had just one section champ, Daniel Reid at 152, and 2 runners-up, Dustin Berry and Aundarrius Weems.  If they are going to challenge for a spot in the top 3, they will need Brandon Hunter, Ben Preal, and Jycobi Williams to finish high on the podium.  Getting points (or a spot on the podium) from Cameron Hunter or Jakir Thompson would put pressure on the teams in front of them.  Marist is the only team to qualify more individuals than Jefferson.  The War Eagles are brining 13 to the party.  Their greatest challenge is that they have no section champs and just 5 wrestlers that finished 3rd or better.  For Marist to push for a top three finish, Pace, Fantroy, Blanchard, and Bethune must push for a spot high on the podium.
    • Tier 2
      • Northwest Whitfield, Blessed Trinity, Oconee County, and Troup make up our tier 2 teams.  Each brings 1 section champ and 8 qualifiers (NW Whitfield has 9).  NW Whitfield has 5 that finished in the top 3, Blessed Trinity has 3, and Oconee County and Troup each have 2.  As a result, Northwest Whitfield seems to have the greatest opportunity to push for a top 5 finish, but each of the four teams will need wrestlers that finished 4th, 5th, or 6th to score points and make their way through the bracket (whether that is the championship or consolation side of the bracket). 
    • Tier 3
      • Lagrange and Perry each qualified 8 as well, but did not have a section champ.  Central Carroll and Woodward Academy qualified 7 with a section champ.  West Hall also qualified 7, but with no section champs and Ridgeland qualified 6, but had two section champs in Jacob Mariakis and Chris Henderson.  Those five should push for a spot in the top 5 (or top 8), but much will come down to three things: 1. Score bonus points where available, 2. their top wrestlers must advance deep in the tournament and finish high on the podium, and 3. their lower "seeded" wrestlers must avoid going 0-2 or 1-2 if the team is going to make a run.

106 lbs.

  • Favorite: Vincent Manella (FR) - West Laurens
  • Contenders:
    • Dan Puac (SR) - Gilmer
    • Daniel Ruiz (SR) - Southeast Whitfield
    • Caleb Carter (FR) - Chestatee
    • Kyle Carroll (SR) - Perry
    • Griffin Hughes (SO) - Northwest Whitfield
  • Best 1st Round Match: Ryan Craft vs. Christian Partan
  • Darkhorse: Ryan Craft (SO) - Heritage-Catoosa
  • Bracket Breaker: Jakir Thompson (JR) - Luella
  • Finals: Puac vs. Manella
  • What to Watch: Three 2016 4A State Qualifies return looking for the top step in 2017, but the favorite goes to a newcomer in Vincent Manella of West Laurens.  Manella, like many of his freshman brethren, has been absolutely outstanding this season.  He dominated the Section B tournament a week ago, but it has been his wins over the course of the season that have made many sit up and take notice.  He has beaten 6A State Runner-up John Watts of Coffee, Julian Farber of Veterans, Jacob Brasseur of Lexington (SC), and Alex Whitworth of McCallie (TN) to name just a few.  Ruiz will look to challenge him on the bottom side, but that seems unlikely given the way Manella has handled everyone so far this season.  Ruiz, Puac, and Carter are the three returning qualifiers and each has a solid shot at making the podium in 2017.  Can Puac or Carter find a way to battle through the top side and be sitting opposite Manella on Saturday afternoon?  Keep an eye on the potential Carroll vs. Carter match-up in the quarterfinals (Carter won 3-0 last weekend).  

113 lbs.

  • Favorite: Nick Masters (FR) - Woodward Academy
  • Contenders:
    • Jordan Silvey (SR) - Oconee County
    • Domingo Reynoso (SR) - Gilmer
    • Pascual Velasquez (FR) - Chestatee
    • John Peavey (SR) - Jefferson
    • Jose Chavez (JR) - Southeast Whitfield
  • Best 1st Round Match: John DeStefano vs. Cameron Zell
  • Darkhorse: John Destefano (SO) - Spalding
  • Bracket Breaker: Cameron Zell (JR) - Cedartown
  • Finals: Masters vs. Silvey
  • Summary: Another weight class and another freshman hammer.  Nick Masters is another freshman that has had a fantastic season and should be considered the favorite at 113.  2016 3A State Placer Jordan Silvey of Oconee County won the Section B title last weekend and should be the slight favorite on the bottom side of the bracket.  Domingo Reynoso of Gilmer, 2nd to Masters in Section A, and 2016 4A 113 lb. State Qualifier Brian Chavez of Southeast Whitfield, 3rd in Section A, could make things difficult for Silvey.  Keep an eye on the Zell vs. DeStefano match on round 1.  Cameron Huner, John Peavey, and Pascual Velasquez all stand in the way of Masters getting to the finals, but based on his success this season ... it would be hard to imagine anyone knocking him off.

120 lbs.

  • Favorite: Koby Milner (SR) - Pickens
  • Contenders:
    • Logan McGowan (SO) - West Laurens
    • Ben Preal (SR) - Luella
    • Jared Blackburn (SO) - Jefferson
    • Robert Mulvany (FR) - Columbus
    • Gavin Cunningham (JR) - Chestatee
  • Best 1st Round Match: Gavin Cunningham vs. Jake Lee
  • Darkhorse: De'Erious Sands (SR) - LaGrange
  • Bracket Breaker: Jake Lee (SR) - Sandy Creek
  • Finals: Milner vs. Preal
  • What to Watch: Fantastic weight class that is headlined by 2x State Champion Koby Milner.  It is always exciting to see a tough weight class and a 2x State Champion that will need to wrestle very well to climb to the top step for a 3rd title.  Milner is the favorite, but there is a host of contenders that are ready to push him ... led by 2016 5A 113 lb. State Placer Ben Preal of Luella, 4A 113 lb. State Placer Logan McGowan of West Laurens, and others (including a state runner-up that finished 7th in Section A after losing 9-1 to Milner ... we were under the impression that Jake Lee of Sandy Creek was a senior last season, but come to find out that is not the case).  Milner should De'Erious Sands in the quarters and then Cunningham, Lee, or Blackburn in the semifinals.  Expect Preal, McGowan, Mulvany, and Tommy Davis (another 2016 State Qualifier) to lock horns on the bottom side.  It is hard to know how things will play out ... but if you are a fan of some good wrestling, this is a weight class to watch.

 

126 lbs.

  • Favorite: Charles Thurman (SR) - Heritage-Catoosa
  • Contenders:
    • Ian Statia (SO) - Jefferson
    • Andrew Pace (SO) - Marist
    • Aundarrius Weems (SR) - Luella
    • Matt Jenkins (SR) - White County
    • Chris Prescott (SO) - Ridgeland
  • Best 1st Round Match: Jacob Splawn vs. Brady Smith
  • Darkhorse: Jacob Splawn (SR) - Northwest Whitfield
  • Bracket Breaker: John Todd Bohn (SR) - LaGrange
  • Finals: Thurman vs. Statia
  • Summary: Another unbelievably good weight class.  How many times do you get a 2x State Champion, a returning freshman State Champion, a freshman Runner-up, a State Placer and State Qualifiers in one bracket?  The answer ... very rarely.  Thurman, the 2x State Champ we mentioned above, enters as the favorite after compiling an impressive 54-1 record this season.  His only loss came to Charles Wheaton of Soddy Daisy (TN) at McCallie in December.  He has been simply outstanding all season, including two consecutive technical falls and a 21-9 major decision over 2016 5A 120 lb. State Qualifier Aundarrius Weems of Luella in the Section A finals last weekend.  His path is anything but easy with the addition of 2016 4A 126 lb. State Placer Matt Jenkins of White County and 2016 4A 113 lb. State Champion Andrew Pace of Marist on the top side of the bracket.  Both Pace and Jenkins were pinned in the first period by Ian Statia of Jefferson in the Section B tournament last weekend.  Statia, the 2016 3A 106 lb. State Runner-up, has been devastating in 2017 and the mountain is high for Weems, Prescott or anyone else that gets in his way on the bottom side of the bracket.  This will be one final you will not want to miss.

132 lbs.

  • Favorite: Dawson Bates (JR) - Jefferson
  • Contenders:
    • Chase Seals (JR) - Troup
    • Jordan Hughley (SO) - Ridgeland
    • Brent Carr (FR) - West Laurens
    • Daniel Jernagin (SR) - Heritage-Catoosa
    • Reed Bethune (SR) - Marist
  • Best 1st Round Match: Nathan Campbell vs. Matt Angeles
  • Darkhorse: Robby Earick (SR) - Cartersville
  • Bracket Breaker: Matt Angeles (SR) - Northwest Whitfield
  • Finals: Seals vs. Bates
  • What to Watch: 4A is just brining it with back-to-back-to-back weight classes to watch for the average fan.  132 features 5 2016 State Placers, a 2016 State Qualifier in Jordan Hughley of Ridgeland, and a fantastic freshman in Brent Carr of West Laurens.  Seals, 2016 4A 120 lb. State Placer, took the top spot in Section A with a nice pin over Jordan Hughley.  Seals has Robby Earick of Cartersville, 2016 4A 126 lb. State Placer, and Reed Bethune of Marist, 2016 4A 126 lb. State Placer, as well as Brent Carr.  The road will be anything but easy to get through Earick and then either Bethune or Carr (assuming all of them are able to get a win in round 1 - keep in mind that Seals only beat freshman Caleb Waddell 8-6 in the 1st round last week).  Dawson Bates, the 2016 3A 113 lb. State Runner-up, is joined by Hughley, and Daniel Jernagin, 2016 4A 132 lb. State Placer, on the bottom side.  Add in Nathan Campbell and Matt Angeles and you have another solid series of matches on the bottom side.  From top to bottom this is one of the best weight class in any classification ... should be very competitive with any number of wrestlers in the hunt for the top step.

138 lbs.

  • Favorite: Cody Bond (SR) - Madison County
  • Contenders:
    • Jacob Mariakis (SO) - Ridgeland
    • Cole Potts (SO) - Jefferson
    • Drew Dyer (SR) - Gilmer
    • Noah Kile (SR) - Blessed Trinity
    • Brandon Hunter (SR) - Luella
  • Best 1st Round Match: Brandon Hunter vs. Grey Bethune
  • Darkhorse: David Sprague (SR) - North Oconee
  • Bracket Breaker: Grey Bethune (SR) - Marist
  • Finals: Mariakis vs. Bond
  • What to Watch: Three 2016 State Runners-up return in 2017 to claim the title for themselves.  Cody Bond, the 2016 4A 120 lb. State Runner-up, claimed a title two years ago and fell just short last season.  He won a very tough Section B title over Cole Potts of Jefferson 2-1 last weekend.  And that is one reason why we put Bond as the favorite as opposed to Mariakis.  Mariakis, the 2016 4A 132 lb. State Runner-up, looks to have the tougher road to the finals.  Either Noah Kile of Blessed Trinity, the 3A 126 lb. State Runner-up, and Cole Potts, 2016 3rd at 126, will likely be in his way in the top semifinal.  Bond has an easier road than Mariakis, but it is far from easy.  Dyer and Hunter took 2nd and 3rd respectively to Mariakis last weekend, but Hunter will have to contend with 2016 4A 132 lb. State Qualifier Grey Bethune of Marist after he forfeited to 6th.  Sprague, also a 2016 4A 132 lb. State Qualifier, will likely be Bond's foe in the bottom quarterfinal.  Another great weight class ... be sure to catch all of the action in 4A.

145 lbs.

  • Favorite: Blake Beasley (JR) - West Laurens
  • Contenders:
    • Dawson Hunt (SR) - Central Carroll
    • Matthew McClellan (SR) - Chestatee
    • Dustin Berry (JR) - Luella
    • Coy Strong (JR) - Jefferson
    • Tucker Witmer (SR) - Woodward Academy
  • Best 1st Round Match: Alex Poma vs. Grant Ledford
  • Darkhorse: Coty Carlock (SR) - Northwest Whitfield
  • Bracket Breaker: Grant Ledford (JR) - Gilmer
  • Finals: Hunt vs. Beasley
  • What to Watch: Six 2016 State Placers and five State Qualifiers make-up more than half of the field.  You have some great matchups right out of the gate with Strong vs. McAlister (Placer vs. Qualifier), McClellan vs. Harris (Placer vs. Qualifier), Witmer vs. Stowe (Placer vs. Qualifier) and Poma vs. Ledford.  Add in Carlock vs. Langer and you get things rolling right away.  Beasley vs. Berry in the bottom semifinal feels like a finals match (Berry lost to Hunt by 1 last weekend, but didn't face Witmer last weekend, so you don't know how that will play out).  Strong vs. McClellan (assuming they both win their opening matches) will be a re-match of last weekend when McClellan won 5-1 ... McClellan vs. Hunt would be yet another fantastic semifinal in 4A.  Look out ... many different faces have the ability to grab the top step at 145 this weekend.

152 lbs.

  • Favorite: Vincent Baker (SO) - Blessed Trinity
  • Contenders:
    • Daniel Reid (JR) - Luella
    • Max Spearman (JR) - St Pius X
    • Chase Sams (SR) - LaGrange
    • Dylan Pittman (SR) - Northwest Whitfield
    • Drey Bonner (FR) - West Laurens
  • Best 1st Round Match: Scott Hicks vs. Corey Kindel
  • Darkhorse: Sam Howell (SR) - Oconee County
  • Bracket Breaker: Corey Kindel (SR) - Stephens County
  • Finals: Reid vs. Baker
  • What to Watch: Spearman and Baker were on the podium in 2016.  Spearman was 2nd in 4A at 145 and Baker was 3rd in 3A at 138.  Both are hunting the top step in 2017.  Baker appears to be the favorite heading into the weekend ... he has had a tremendous season and downed Spearman 9-4 to take the Section B title last weekend.  Reid and Pittman have both been to the big dance, but missed out on a spot on the podium in 2016.  It looks like a Reid vs. Spearman semifinal is likely ... it will be interesting to see who can advance to to face Baker on the bottom side.  Keep an eye on 2016 State Qualifier Corey Kindel of Stephens County ... Reid better be ready if he can get past Hicks.

160 lbs.

  • Favorite: Mason Corbett (SO) - Jefferson
  • Contenders:
    • Matt Malcom (SR) - Eastside
    • Cameron Butler (SR) - West Laurens
    • Tyler Beard (JR) - Lafayette
    • Jermiah Fantroy (JR) - Marist
    • Jonathan Toole (SR) - Columbus
  • Best 1st Round Match: Jake Breedlove vs. Duane Daniels
  • Darkhorse: Jake Breedlove (JR) - Gilmer
  • Bracket Breaker: Duane Daniels (SR) - Baldwin
  • Finals: Butler vs. Corbett
  • Summary: 160 features two returning State Placers, Butler and Corbett, and Matt Malcom, a 2016 4A State Qualifier at 152.  Other than that, the field is open to a fresh set of faces.  Beard, Fantory, Toole, and others should push, but ultimately it is likely to come down to Malcom vs. Butler in the top semifinal with the winner taking on Corbett for the title on Saturday afternoon.  Malcom easily handled the Section A 160 lb. bracket a week ago and Butler and Corbett were dominant in Section B until their finals match ... which went to Corbett 5-3 in overtime.  

170 lbs.

  • Favorite: Jack Marsh (SR) - St Pius X
  • Contenders:
    • Cole Ingram (SR) - Lafayette
    • Joel Faglier (SO) - Cross Creek
    • Max Blanchard (SR) - Marist
    • Ryan McGill (JR) - Ridgeland
    • Jamarey Hull (SO) - Northwest Whitfield
  • Best 1st Round Match: Kylan Draper vs. Jalen Odum
  • Darkhorse: Keyontae Robinson (SR) - Upson Lee
  • Bracket Breaker: Hunter Allen (JR) - Jefferson
  • Finals: Marsh vs. Ingram
  • What to Watch: Both Marsh and Ingram are returning State Runners-up.  Marsh in 4A at 170 and Ingram in 4A at 160, but both had to battle to earn a section title a week ago.  Meaning that this is far from just a two person race for the top step.  Ingram beat McGill 2-1 in overtime and Marsh beat Robinson 4-3 in the semifinals and Faglier 10-7 in the finals.  Keep an eye on Blanchard vs. Faglier on the top side with the winner getting Ingram in the semi's ... that isn't a forgone conclusion, but it seems likely.  McGill and Marsh seemed destined to meet on the bottom side, but keep in mind that Marsh only beat Robinson 4-3 in last week's semifinals and the two could clash again in the quarters this weekend.  

182 lbs.

  • Favorite: Matthew Waddell (SR) - Gilmer
  • Contenders:
    • Caleb Little (SR) - Jefferson
    • Jack Filipowicz (FR) - Blessed Trinity
    • Byron Butts (JR) - Troup
    • Darryl Williams (SR) - Baldwin
    • Jycobi Williams (SR) - Luella
  • Best 1st Round Match: Matthew Cromer vs. Christopher Garrett
  • Darkhorse: Matthew Cromer (SR) - Cairo
  • Bracket Breaker: Malcolm Wiley (SO) - Woodward Academy
  • Finals: Waddell vs. Little
  • Summary: If this were a UFC pay-per-view event, the Waddell vs. Little match-up would be the main event.  Waddell downed Little earlier this season, but the two remain the two best 182's in Georgia and probably the two best 182's in the Southeast.  The fact that you have a ticket to watch ... is a huge bonus for you.  We can talk about Cromer, Williams (2x), Filipowicz, Butts, etc., but the main event is Waddell vs. Little.  It would be a Buster Douglas type of surprise (who knows that reference?) if either were beaten on their way to the finals.  If there is one final to watch on Saturday afternoon ... this is it.  The others are fighting for a spot on the podium ... and for Luella, Blessed Trinity, Troup, etc. how well Jycobi Williams, Jack Filipowicz, and Byron Butts wrestle could play a huge part in the team race, but on an individual level ... Waddell vs. Little is what matters.

195 lbs.

  • Favorite: Jordan Lewis (SR) - Northwest Whitfield
  • Contenders:
    • Kellen Haynes (SR) - St Pius X
    • Demarco Mosley (SR) - Druid Hills
    • Gavin Walker (JR) - Stephens County
    • Ryan Crump (JR) - Gilmer
    • Spenser Dacus (FR) - West Laurens
  • Best 1st Round Match: Zaine Burton vs. Evan McKenna
  • Darkhorse: Demarquez Carter (JR) - Upson Lee
  • Bracket Breaker: Jahsari Patterson (SR) - Cairo
  • Finals: Lewis vs. Haynes
  • What to Watch: Lewis is the only returning placer, took 3rd in 4A at 195 in 2016, in the bracket and has been outstanding this season.  His primary competition should come from a pair of State Qualifiers in Kellen Haynes and Ryan Crump as well as Demarco Mosley, Gavin Walker, and Spenser Dacus.  Keep an eye on bout 4159 - the 3rd quarterfinal match - which should be a re-match of Mosley and Crump.  There are two very good 1st round matches in Zaine Burton and Evan McKenna and Demarquez Carter and Jahsari Patterson.  Patterson is a tough out and could make like difficult in the bottom quarter of the bracket.

220 lbs.

  • Favorite: Chris Henderson (SR) - Ridgeland
  • Contenders:
    • Nick Holman (SR) - Jefferson
    • Lazavier Moore (JR) - Upson Lee
    • Jeffery Curtis (SO) - Heritage-Catoosa
    • Cody Deal (JR) - Lafayette
    • Marshall Archord (SR) - West Laurens
  • Best 1st Round Match: Austin Fuller vs. Jonathan De La Cruz
  • Darkhorse: Deshaun Baker (SR) - Druid Hills
  • Bracket Breaker: Jonathan De La Cruz (JR) - Cartersville
  • Finals: Henderson vs. Holman
  • What to Watch: Fantastic weight class.  Returning 4A 220 lb. State champion Chris Henderson, returning 3A 285 lb. State Champion Nick Holman, and returning 220 lb. State Runner-up Lazavier Moore headline the bracket.  Add in State Qualifier Jeffery Curtis, Cody Deal, and others and you have a solid weight class from top to bottom.  Henderson and Holman should march through, but each will be challenged at each step.  Keep an eye on a potential Henderson vs. Moore state final rematch in the top semifinal on Friday.

285 lbs.

  • Favorite: Levi Seabolt (SR) - Gilmer
  • Contenders:
    • Joseph Horne (JR) - West Laurens
    • Gabriel Howard (SR) - Howard)
    • Michael Robles (SR) - Northwest Whitfield
    • Dalton Sikes (SR) - Oconee County
    • William Nana Fabu (SR) - Columbus
  • Best 1st Round Match: Christon Curry vs. Deejay Fleming
  • Darkhorse: Carl Whitehead (SR) - Perry
  • Bracket Breaker: Deejay Fleming (SR) - White County
  • Finals: Seabolt vs. Horne
  • What to Watch: 2x State Champion Levi Seabolt headlines the bracket.  Joseph Horne of West Laurens is the only other State Placer in the bracket, he finished 5th last season in 4A at 285.  Add in 3 2016 State Qualifiers Sikes, Howard, and Nana Fabu and you have a solid bracket.  Seabolt's only loss on the season came to Paul Robinson of Bremen in the ultimate tiebreaker.  Keep an eye on Sikes vs. Howard and Robles vs. Nana Fabu in the quarters (Robles downed Nana Fabu 7-2 last week).  Keep an eye on Whitehead, Curry, Fleming ... they could make life difficult for others in the bracket.