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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Gabriel Santiago of Alexander pinned Douglas County senior Jonathan Myrthil in the 170-pound weight class to take third at the Area 5-AAAAAA Championship on Saturday.

Alexander brought 14 wrestlers to the Area 5-AAAAAA Traditional Tournament on Saturday, and all will make the trip to the Sectionals next week.

The Cougars dominated with eight wrestlers winning individual titles and four taking runner-up finishes. There were two other wrestlers that finished third in the one-day tournament.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class advances to the Sectionals with a chance to qualify for state in two weeks in Macon.

As a team, Alexander placed runner-up to Richmond Hill in the state team dual championship earlier this moth at the Macon Centreplex.

“This is just the first step to get to the most important step,” Alexander coach Sean Moistner said. “I’m pleased at how we wrestled today.”

The eight first-place finishers was a program record and the 14 overall placers equals a team record.

“After finishing up as runner-up in state, we have a little comeback to do,” Alexander senior Little Nelson said. “We have been getting after it every day in practice. I think we are really hungry.”

Senior Kennedi Crittle-Wade made history by becoming the program’s first female wrestler to place. She finished runner-up in the 113-pound division.

Crittle-Wade had a pin in her first match and lost to South Paulding’s Noah Van Dyck in the finals.

“Doing this definitely gives me a lot of confidence,” Crittle-Wade said. “My goal is to be the first to win a state title.”

Alexander amassed 291 points for the title with South Paulding placing second with 236 points. Northgate was third at 152 while New Manchester placed fourth. Douglas County was sixth at the area tournament.

Douglas County qualified four for the Sectionals while New Manchester has eight wrestler.

“I thought it was a real good meet for us,” Douglas County coach Shawn Austin said. “We got some kids that can do well.”

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