Georgia 6A Area 2 Season Preview
Team Race: 6A Area 2 should also be very competitive. Alcovy, Rockdale County, and Lakeside-DeKalb look to be significantly better than the field entering the 2015-2016 season. Rockdale County and Alcovy advanced to the 2015 Dual State Tournament and could do so again in 2016. They will need to hold off a charge from Spencer Wilson and his Lakeside, DeKalb teammates. With Hearn, Hart and eight other returnees, Rockdale County looks like the team to beat. The battle between Alcovy and Lakeside, DeKalb should be a good one to watch. Keep an eye on Newton. They lose 220 lb. State Runner-up AJ Palomino, but still return six and if any of the other teams falter they could be in the mix.
Contenders: Four Area 2 wrestlers, who return in 2015-2016, finished the 2014-2015 season on the podium in Macon. Lakeside-DeKalb’s Spencer Wilson (4th at 126), Lovejoy’s Queryachi Taylor (4th at 195), and Rockdale County’s Tyrone Hearn (4th at 132) appear to have the best shot at standing on top of the podium in 2016. Rockdale County’s Stephen Hart (5th at 126) also has an excellent shot to take home the individual title in 2016. All four should be wrestling on Saturday evening with the title on the line.
Hunting the Podium: Just two 2015 State Qualifiers return in 2015-2016 and each will be looking to land a spot on the podium in 2016. Alcovy’s Michael Thurman went 2-2 at the 2015 State Tournament and should be on the podium in 2016. Lakeside-DeKalb’s Charlie Haug qualified as a sophomore at 152, but struggled and finished 0-2. He will need to wrestle better if he is going to medal in 2016.
Under the Radar: Keep an eye on the following wrestlers: Alcovy’s Vance Lewis, Lakeside-DeKalb’s Kamal Feracho, Newton’s James Paul, Rockdale County’s Keythone Robinson and Kenneth Dodd, Valdosta’s Tray Walton and Cameron Warren.
NOTE: Fred Jones (2nd, 113, Sr.) - meaning 2nd last season at the Traditional State Tournament at 113 lbs. Is a Senior in 2015-2016.
Individual Team Strengths, Challenges, and Project Outcome written by Nicholas Isburgh.