Georgia Class 5A 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: 
    • With 14 qualifiers and 7 section champs, Buford is far and away the team to beat heading into the weekend.  Add in 3 runners-up and 2 3rd place finishers and Buford has the potential to put 12 into the semifinals on Friday.  If they do that, no one will catch them.  The pack chasing Buford is strong and will not go away easily, so the Wolves must work like a pack and score bonus points and find the podium as able.  How many do you think will make the podium in 2017?
  • Contenders:
    • Tier 1
      • Cass, Clarke Central, Woodland (Cartersville), and Ware County each brought 11 to the party and lead the contenders chasing Buford.  Three of Woodland's 11 qualifiers claimed section titles, with Rosati, Woods, and Hardin also placing 3rd or better.  The Wildcats will need production from those 6 to make it race for the title.  If Nix, Veley, Feanny and the others can get points, and even find the podium ... the Wildcats could put pressure on Buford.  Cass has 5 wrestlers that finished 3rd or better - including two champs in Tripp Breeden and Seven Richards.  For Cass to push Woodland for the #2 spot (and possibly pressure Buford), they will need Kendall Arnold, Jaylen Callahan, and others that finished 4th or worse at last weekend's sectional tournament to come through this weekend.  Clarke Central and Ware County each have 11 as well, with 1 sectional champ each.  They will need some serious production from those that finished 4th, 5th, 6th, etc. if they are going to be in the hunt for a top 3 finish.  Can Nawin Hyers, Zay Taylor, Zack Chastain or someone else come through big and help their team to a top 3 finish?
    • Tier 2
      • Carrollton, Union Grove, Ola, and Whitewater represent our tier 2 teams.  Union Grove was certainly a tier 1 team heading into last weekend's tournament, but the loss of Bryson Neace and Brady Massey have dealt a huge blow to their ability to stay with Buford, Woodland, etc.  UG qualified 9 with 4 section champs, so they have the ability to climb into the top 5, but a shot at the title seems out of reach.  If Gavin Venable, Cameron Fretwell, and Justin Gittenmeier can find the podium ... UG has a chance to put all 9 of their wrestlers in the top 6 (and a top 3 finish isn't out of the question).  Carrollton has 10 qualifiers, but no section champs.  They counter with 4 runners-up, so they should be in the hunt for a top 5 finish, but anything higher seems unlikely.  How high they climb could come down to how well Jacob Walsingham, Luke Frost, and Luke Sawyer wrestle.  Ola is led by Jackson DiSario and Christian Trimble.  But if the Mustangs are going to break into the top 5 they will need Byron Fleming, Evan Head, Sauvignon Hayes, and others to come through and find a spot on the podium.  Whitewater qualified 9, but they are also missing a section champion.  Drew Munsey and Chase Smith each took 2nd and will lead the way, but for Whitewater to put pressure on the top 5, Ali Musa and Greg Pasquarella must wrestle well and make the podium.
    • Tier 3
      • Locust Grove and Veterans are 2 teams that have fewer qualifiers than the other teams mentioned, but each has an opportunity with those wrestlers they are bringing to make a statement (and perhaps a top 5 or top 8 finish).  Locust Grove has one section champ and Veterans has 2, and each has 4-5 wrestles that can score points.  Locust Grove will need Champ Leddon to lead the way, but will need Alejandro, Romero, and Clark Leddon to score if they are going to remain in the chase pack.  Veterans will look to their underclassmen to lead the charge (Farber, Morrisey, and Pierce).  If Veterans can get points (and a spot on the podium) from Mort, Walker, and Lucas, then they have a decent chance to push into the top 8 (and with teams above them faltering - perhaps a spot in the top 5).

106 lbs.

  • Favorite: Logan Ashton (SO) - Buford
  • Contenders:
    • Julian Farber (FR) - Veterans
    • Brent Parivechio (SR) - Carrollton
    • Drew Munsey (SR) - Whitewater
    • Ivan Arguello (SR) - Rome
    • Cameron Fretwell (SO) - Union Grove
  • Best 1st Round Match: Garrett Phillips vs. Brandon Navixay
  • Darkhorse: Gavin Nix (SO) - Woodland
  • Bracket Breaker: Brandon Navixay (JR) - Clarke Central
  • Finals: Farber vs. Ashton
  • What to Watch:  Julian Farber of Veterans has had a fantastic freshman campaign and in many other classifications, might be considered the favorite, but not in 5A.  2016 4A State Runner-up Logan Ashton is probably the best 106 in Georgia and one of the top 3 in the entire Southeast.  That doesn't mean Farber and the contenders can't knock off Ashton, but the challenge will be tough.  The top side of the bracket features several wrestlers that could either take the top step (assuming Ashton falters) or will certainly be in the running for a spot on high on the podium.  Parivechio beat Arguello in last week's semifinals 7-5 and that quarter should be the one to watch.  Don't sleep on Phillips or Navixay giving Farber a match in the top quarter.  Ashton downed Nix 4-0 in last week's semifinal (a potential quarterfinal match-up) - so who knows how things will play out.

113 lbs.

  • Favorite: Kyle Gollhofer (SO) - Woodland
  • Contenders:
    • Michael Parker (JR) - Dutchtown
    • Ricardo Romero (JR) - Locust Grove
    • Kyle McCullough (JR) - Buford
    • Ben Mills (SO) - Cass
    • Brandon Foster (JR) - Ware County
  • Best 1st Round Match: Luke Frost vs. Kasey Baynon
  • Darkhorse: Keagan McCartha (JR) - Whitewater
  • Bracket Breaker: Hunter Daniel (SO) - Ola
  • Finals: McCullough vs. Gollhofer
  • What to Watch: Buford's Kyle McCullough won a couple of close matches last week to put himself into position to make a run for the finals.  Wins over Luke Frost (4-0) and Ben Mills (3-0) have put him on the opposite side of the bracket from the defending 106 lb. State Champion Kyle Gollhofer of Woodland.  Michael Parker of Dutchtown won the Section A title after Neace was disqualified in his semifinal match with Romero (keep in mind that Neace - a returning State Placer - had beaten Parker in the Area tournament the weekend before).  Parker has been to the big dance and will certainly be in the running.  The top semifinal should be a very good match.  All of that said ... no one is really within shouting distance of Gollhofer.  He is a significant favorite and it would be a surprise if he didn't capture another title in 2017.

120 lbs.

  • Favorite: Jackson DiSario (SO) - Ola
  • Contenders:
    • Neuro Montero (SR) - Woodland
    • Francis Morrissey (FR) - Veterans
    • Jacob Taylor (JR) - Fayette County
    • Armon Newbill (JR) - Hiram
    • Chase Hartman (JR) - Buford
  • Best 1st Round Match: Corey Minner vs. Cameron Haynie
  • Darkhorse: Corey Minner (FR) - Dutchtown
  • Bracket Breaker: Desmond Stephenson (SO) - Stockbridge
  • Finals: DiSario vs. Montero
  • What to Watch: Section A Champ Jackson DiSario of Ola enters as the favorite after an impressive 11-3 major decision over Francis Morrissey in the finals last weekend.  Minner, Haynie, Hartman, and Newbill will give DiSario a challenge up top, but it seems unlikely that any will take him out.  DiSario's wins over Byers, Standridge, Pratt, DeSilva, etc. shows that he is wrestling at another level.  The bottom side is very interesting with Morrissey vs. Taylor as a likely quarterfinal (assuming both advance) and the winner getting Montero.  Any of the three has a legitimate shot at making the finals in the bottom.

 

126 lbs.

  • Favorite: Nicholas Stonecheck (FR) - Buford
  • Contenders:
    • Luchiano Jenkins (SO) - Stockbridge
    • Vinnie Rosati (SR) - Woodland
    • Kaden Spann (JR) - Decatur
    • Konner Alejandro (SO) - Locust Grove
    • Bryon Fleming (JR) - Ola
  • Best 1st Round Match: Kendall Holmes vs. John Webb
  • Darkhorse: Rodre Fears (JR) - Southwest Dekalb
  • Bracket Breaker: John Webb (SO) - Lithonia
  • Finals: Rosati vs. Stonecheck
  • What to Watch: Freshman Nicholas Stonecheck is easily the favorite at 126 in 5A.  He has wrestled some outstanding competition this season and looked the part of taking the top step as he easily dismantled the Section B bracket last weekend.  Stockbridge's Luchiano Jenkins battled past Byron Fleming 8-6 in the semifinals and 14-4 over Alejandro in the Section A Final.  Neither Jenkins or Alejandro won Area 4 the weekend before (both, plus Fleming finishing behind Massey of Union Grove), showing that the top side could be open to any number of wrestlers.  This is the second weight class where Union Grove lost a wrestler to being disqualified.  That means that the top side could be Jenkins, Holmes, Webb, Spann, Rosati or someone else that is wrestlign Saturday afternoon with the title on the line.

132 lbs.

  • Favorite: Davion Fairley (SR) - Union Grove
  • Contenders:
    • Blaine Bergey (FR) - Buford
    • Dawson Woods (SR) - Woodland
    • Michael Mort (SR) - Veterans
    • Josh Swope (JR) - Walnut Grove
    • Colton Blount (SR) - Jones County
  • Best 1st Round Match: Nolan Crowe vs. Khyree Alexander
  • Darkhorse: Luke Sawyer (JR) - Carrollton
  • Bracket Breaker: Khyree Alexander (SR) - Arabia Mountain
  • Finals: Fairley vs. Bergey
  • What to Watch: Crowe vs. Alexander should be a good opening round match.  Fairley has wrestled some of the best in the Southeast and should be considered the favorite.  Bergey wrestled extremely well last weekend, especially in his 11-6 win over Dawson Woods of Woodland.  Fairley, Bergey, Mort, and Woods are ahead of the rest of the field ... Mort easily downed Blount by technical fall 15-0 in the quarter's last week and Woods did the same to Swope.  Meaning that unless things go haywire you can almost certainly expect a Fairley vs. Woods and Mort vs. Bergey semifinal on Friday.  Things happen and that might not be the way it plays out ... but at the moment that seems like the most likely outcome.

138 lbs.

  • Favorite: Charlie Darracott (FR) - Buford
  • Contenders:
    • Gabe McDaniel (JR) - Union Grove
    • Nick Voiles (JR) - Carrollton
    • Anthony Dawson (SO) - Fayette County
    • Colin Kasler (SO) - Starr's Mill
    • Elvis Perez (SO) - Rome
  • Best 1st Round Match: Joshua Veley vs. Rick Walker
  • Darkhorse: Dylan Burton (SO) - Dutchtown
  • Bracket Breaker: Rick Walker (SR) - Ware County
  • Finals: McDaniel vs. Darracott
  • What to Watch: Freshman phenom Charlie Darracott assumes the top spot after a solid Section B tournament and having beat McDaniel 8-5 earlier this season.  Dawson and Kasler have had very good seasons and one of the two is likely to advance to meet Darracott in the semi's.  Keep an eye on Walker on the bottom side ... he lost 6-3 to Dawson and 12-11 to Burton last week and was in every match.  McDaniel beat Voiles 5-2 at McCallie in December and has to be considered the favorite on the top side.  Perez and Voiles did not meet at last weekend's Section B tournament, but Voiles won Area 7 and Perez took 3rd.  A Voiles vs. McDaniel semi would be a good one to watch. 

145 lbs.

  • Favorite: Justin Ruffin (JR) - Union Grove
  • Contenders:
    • Bangahly Touray (SR) - Clarke Central
    • Ethan Ceren (SR) - Buford
    • Christian Trimble (JR) - Ola
    • Greg Pasquarella (SR) - Whitewater
    • Jacob Walsingham (JR) - Carrollton
  • Best 1st Round Match: Jaylen Callahan vs. Benjamin Runyan
  • Darkhorse: Jaylen Callahan (SR) - Cass
  • Bracket Breaker: Tyler Ingram (SO) - Rome
  • Finals: Ruffin vs. Trimble
  • What to Watch: 2x Georgia State Champ Justin Ruffin of Union Grove.  He is certainly one of the best wrestlers in the state regardless of classification or weight class.  He has just one loss on the season, to Brevin Balmaceda in utb at the Knockout in Florida this past December.  Ruffin is easily the favorite to pick up his 3rd state title this weekend.  Touray beat Ceren 8-7 in the finals of the Section B tournament and as a result gets placed on the opposite side of Ruffin.  Ceren pinned Walsingham in the semi's last week, so a Ruffin vs. Ceren semifinal seems likely (FYI .. Ruffin major decisioned Ceren in early January).  On the bottom side, Trimble and Pasquarella did not meet last week (and it doesn't appear they have met anytime this season ... so that should be an interesting quarterfinal (if the two advance out of round 1).  If Trimble advances to the semi's, he will likely face Touray (although Callahan isn't an easy quarter for anyone).  Trimble beat Touray by decision in late December, so a Ruffin vs. Trimble rematch looks like a real possibility.

152 lbs.

  • Favorite: Cody Cochran (JR) - Woodland
  • Contenders:
    • Cole White (SR) - Ware County
    • Trent Ferguson (SR) - Buford
    • Vance Windon (SR) - Starr's Mill
    • Me'Shai Coleman (SO) - Clarke Central
    • Justin Gittenmeier (SR) - Union Grove
  • Best 1st Round Match: Kendall Arnold vs. Gabriel Floyd
  • Darkhorse: Brandon Beard (SR) - South Effingham
  • Bracket Breaker: Gabriel Floyd (JR) - Warner Robins
  • Finals: Ferguson vs. Cochran
  • What to Watch: Keep an eye on the top side of the bracket.  White, a 2016 State Qualifier, dominated the Section A tournament with 3 falls and a 15-0 technical fall in the finals.  He should draw the winner of the Coleman vs. Ferguson quarterfinal in the semi's.  Coleman beat Ferguson 3-2 in the Area 8 finals, so it is hard to know who will emerge.  Ferguson gave 2x defending State Champ Cody Cochran all he could handle in the Section B finals.  Be sure to catch Ferguson vs. Coleman in the quarters and then the winner vs. White in the semi's (assuming each advances to that point).  The bottom side should be handled by Cochran.  Gittenmeier lost to Windon last week 4-3, so that quarterfinal match could be interesting ... with the winner likely getting Cochran.  Keep an eye on Brandon Beard on the top side and Kendall Arnold and Gabriel Floyd on the bottom.  Each will make a move to be on the podium.

160 lbs.

  • Favorite: Jacob Pierce (SO) - Veterans
  • Contenders:
    • Tristan Bozoian (JR) - Buford
    • Calvin Nimley (SR) - Clarke Central
    • Chase Smith (SR) - Whitewater
    • Tyler Person (SR) - Morrow
    • Adam Coviello (SR) - East Paulding
  • Best 1st Round Match: Aiden Komendantov vs. Kristian Fisher
  • Darkhorse: Levi Leach (SR) - Walnut Grove
  • Bracket Breaker: Zach Shaffner (JR) - South Effingham
  • Finals: Pierce vs. Bozoian
  • What to Watch: This is a pretty open weight class with a number of wrestlers having a shot to take the top step.  Pierce enters as the favorite after a dominating Section A tournament where he had a technical fall, a 16-4 major, and 2 falls to claim the title over Chase Smith of Whitewater.  Coviello, Person, and Nimley each qualified in 2016 and have the experience to push both 4A 160 lb. State Placer Tristan Bozoian of Buford and 4A 152 lb. State Qualifier Jacob Pierce of Veterans.  Add in Chase Smith who had a solid Section A tournament and you have several wrestlers with "top step" aspirations.  

170 lbs.

  • Favorite: Ian Darling (JR) - Starr's Mill
  • Contenders:
    • Cooper Roberts (JR) - Buford
    • Melvin Nimley (SR) - Clarke Central
    • Hans Evatt (JR) - Woodland Stockbridge
    • Houston Jones (SR) - Cass
    • Musa Ali (SR) - Whitewater
  • Best 1st Round Match: Gavin Venable vs. Vince Wilkinson
  • Darkhorse: Jamal Boyd (SO) - Cedar Shoals
  • Bracket Breaker: Tucker Sippola (SR) - Carrollton
  • Finals: Darling vs. Roberts
  • What to Watch: Another very competitive weight class that features as many as five wrestlers with a legitimate shot at the top step.  Ian Darling of Starr's Mill fell in the semi's a year ago in the 5A 160 lb. bracket and finished 3rd.  Houston Jones went 1-2 and Melvin Nimley was one match from placing in last year's 5A 170 lb. bracket.  Meaning the top side should be extremely competitive.  A week ago, Jones lost to Roberts 7-5 and Nimley fell 4-3 in overtime (after beating Roberts the week before in the Area 8 final).  Add in Venable and Wilkinson, a 2016 5A 160 lb. State Placer, and you have one heck of a top side.  Roberts, a 2015 4A 152 lb. State Placer, headlines the bottom side.  He should be challenged by 2016 4A 160 lb. State Qualifier Musa Ali of Whitewater or Hans Evatt of Woodland Stockbridge (Evatt pinned Ali in just 31 seconds a week ago).  Jamal Boyd and Tucker Sippola were both impressive last weekend and could surprise a few people.

182 lbs.

  • Favorite: Sam Ashway (SR) - Kell
  • Contenders:
    • Champ Leddon (SR) - Locust Grove
    • Kori Walker (SR) - Veterans
    • Chance Scrutchins (SR) - Cass
    • Alcein Mendoza (JR) - Buford
    • Hunter East (SR) - Union Grove
  • Best 1st Round Match: JT Patton vs. Nawin Hyers
  • Darkhorse: JT Patton (JR) - Loganville
  • Bracket Breaker: Homero Perez (JR) - Villa Rica
  • Finals: Leddon vs. Ashway
  • What to Watch: Perhaps the best weight class to watch in 5A ... not because of any one dominating force, but because you have an opportunity to watch four wrestlers that have made the podium in the past and will look to take the final step to the top.  Leddon and Ashway, the two section champs, finished 3rd in 2016.  Leddon in the 4A 170 lb. bracket and Ashway in the 5A 182 lb. bracket.  Ashway pinned everyone en route the Section B title and Leddon pinned everyone minus Walker (4-0 in the finals) to take the Section B title.  Both of the section champs will be pushed ... Leddon should get one of the 2016 State Qualifiers in the semi's (either Mendoza or Scrutchins).  Scrutchins earned a major decision win over Mendoza last week, so the likelihood is that it will be a Leddon vs. Scrutchins semi on the top side.  The bottom side features 3 2016 State Placers in Ashway, Hunter East of Union Grove (6th in 5A at 170), and Kori Walker (5th in 4A at 182).  Walker beat East 7-3 in the semifinals last week ... meaning that a quarterfinal match between the two seems likely (with the winner getting Ashway).

195 lbs.

  • Favorite: 
  • Contenders:
  • Best 1st Round Match: 
  • Darkhorse: 
  • Bracket Breaker: 
  • Finals: 
  • What to Watch: Tough to pick a favorite here.  Both Camden Johnson and Jack Ness, based on past accolades and last week's performance, deserve consideration for the "favorite" label.  Buford forfeited to Johnson in early January - so we give the nod to Johnson, but really it is a coin toss until they wrestle.  Johnson finished 3rd in 5A 195 last season and Ness was the 4A 195 lb. State Runner-up.  Both look like the "man to beat" after easily handling the competition a week ago.  Johnson had 3 falls and a 24-10 major decision and Ness had 2 falls, a 5-2 decision over Woolf, and a 14-6 major en route to the Section B title.  Woolf, Storey, and Britton Jones each made the big stage a year ago and will look to finish high on the podium in 2017.  Woolf beat Pierce in the Area 7 finals two weeks ago and that quarterfinal match could be a good one.

220 lbs.

  • Favorite: Tripp Breeden (JR) - Cass
  • Contenders:
    • Monex Charles (SR) - Hampton
    • Luke Vinson (SR) - Union Grove
    • Anthony Woodall (SR) - Flowery Branch
    • Hunter Hardin (SR) - Woodland
    • Evan Head (SO) - Ola
  • Best 1st Round Match: Jermall Lucas vs. Westin Echols
  • Darkhorse: John Downing (JR) - Buford
  • Bracket Breaker: Eris Walker (JR) - Southwest Dekalb
  • Finals: Charles vs. Breeden
  • What to Watch: Tripp Breeden returns for another shot at the top step.  Breeden fell in the finals to Torrez Jones a year ago in 5A at 195 lb. 6-4 and has been hunting for the top step since that loss.  Breeden is the favorite on the bottom side, but should get a tough match in the semi's against Luke Vinson of Union Grove.  Vinson, a 2016 State Placer at 5A 182, narrowly lost to Monex Charles in last weekend's Section A finals 4-3.  Downing, Head, and others will look to challenge Breeden and Vinson, but the likelihood seems small that either will lose (Vinson earned a 15-0 technical fall over Head last week and Breeden pinned Downing).  Charles, a 2016 4A State Placer at 220, earned the Section A title with a hard fought win over Vinson last weekend ... as a result he is certainly the man to beat on the top side.  Hardin and Woodall both qualified in 2016 and will look to finish high on the podium in 2017.  Woodall beat Hardin 3-2 in UTB last week and that quarterfinal should be something to watch.  Although unlikely, none of the names mentioned above can afford to overlook anyone ... there are several wrestlers ready to dash any opponents dreams.

285 lbs.

  • Favorite: Seven Richards (JR) - Cass
  • Contenders:
    • Martez Hudson (JR) - Carrollton
    • Ryan Adams (SR) - Bainbridge
    • Ryan Smith (SO) - New Hampstead
    • Darnell McHardy (SR) - East Paulding
    • Sauvignon Hayes (SR) - Ola
  • Best 1st Round Match: Xzontae Green vs. Kurtis Feanny
  • Darkhorse: Xzontae Green (SR) - Thomas County Central
  • Bracket Breaker: Kurtis Feanny (JR) - Woodland
  • Finals: Hudson vs. Richards
  • What to Watch: Seven Richards downed Martez Hudson 4-1 in last week's Section B final - in what could be a precursor of this week's state finals.  Bainbridge's Ryan Adams, Ryan Smith of New Hampstead, and others will look to make that not reality, but based on who've they have wrestled and past performance at the state tournament ... it would be hard to argue against that match-up.  Adams, a 2016 State Qualifier at 220 in 4A, was dominant en route to the Section A title.  He had 3 falls and an 18-1 technical fall over Ryan Smith in the finals ... the big question is who he has faced this season (we don't know much because of the lack of results being posted to track).  We do know that Hudson, a State Placer in 4A at 285 in 2016, pinned McHardy last weekend and lost to Richards 4-1.  We also know that he has other solid wins and his losses have come to some very good competition (nationally-ranked Sammy Evans of Alcoa - TN; AL 1A-5A #2 220 Sean Caleb Allison of Weaver, Enrique Maravilla of Ringgold to name a few).  Richards, a 2016 5A 285 lb. State Placer, has been tough all season.  Smith and Hayes did not wrestle last weekend, so that quarterfinal match could be one to watch.