Georgia 1A Area 3 Season Preview
Team Race: 1A Area 3 should feature a really good battle between Mt Zion (Carroll) and Trion. Mt Zion lost to Commerce in the Dual State Finals in 2015 and finished 4th in the Traditional State Tournament, but they will be looking to replace two State Placers in Hunter Smith and Jesse Anderson in 2015-2016. Trion, on the other hand, returns all 14 of their wrestlers from last season’s team that took 4th in the Dual State Tournament and 8th in the Traditional State Tournament. Keep an eye on Landmark Christian and Mt Paran Christian, both teams return 8 with 2015 post-season experience.
Contenders: Thirteen Area 3 wrestlers, who return in 2015-2016, finished the 2014-2015 season on the podium in Macon. That group is led by State Runners-up Collin Greer of Landmark Christian (132), Daniel Anderson of Mt Zion (220), Ashton Robinson of Mt Zion (126), Benjamin Sizemore of Mt Zion (195), and Cole Luallen of Trion (120). Expect those five to be back in the finals on Saturday night. Don’t be surprised if Mt Zion’s Crofford Helton (4th at 132), North Cobb Christian’s Mark Watson (3rd at 132), and Trion’s Scott Frazier (4th at 182) and Cary Jackson (4th at 113) are also on top of the podium in 2016. Landmark Christian’s Payton Hayes (6th at 138), Mt Zion’s Chandler Butler (5th at 285) and Trion’s Andrew McGuire (5th at 145) and Jordan Coker (6th at 220) have an outside shot at taking the top step.
Hunting the Podium: Five area wrestlers qualified for the State Tournament in 2015, but failed to make the podium. Keep an eye on them; they most certainly will be looking to be on the podium in 2016. They include: Garrett Harris and Carter Smith of Mt Paran, Cal Helton and Efren Valles of Mt Zion, and Jake Wells of Trion.
Under the Radar: Keep an eye on the following: Steve Bedosky of Landmark Christian, Quatavious Beasley and Cameron Brown of Mt Zion, Sam Resultan of North Cobb Christian, Logan Blevins and Henri Reynoso of Trion, and Conor Merriam of Walker.
NOTE: Fred Jones (2nd, 113, Sr.) - meaning 2nd last season at the Traditional State Tournament at 113 lbs. Is a Senior in 2015-2016.