It was a good weekend of wrestling for the five county teams at their various traditional area meets.
In all, 40 wrestlers with ties to the county made it through to the sectionals this weekend. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class qualify for next week’s state finals at the Macon Centreplex.
Alexander will host the Class AAAAAA Sectional B on Friday and Saturday, which will also feature county teams New Manchester and Douglas County.
Alexander is the defending state traditional champion and will have 14 wrestler competing for a shot at state. Two weeks ago, the Cougars placed runner-up at the team dual championships in Macon.
New Manchester will send eight wrestlers to the sectional meet while Douglas County has four wrestlers.
Chapel Hill will travel to College Park with four wrestlers competing in the Class AAAA Sectional A at Woodward Academy.
Lithia Springs had the second-most wrestlers in the county to qualify for sectional with nine. The Lions will make the trip to Buford to wrestle in the Class AAAAA Sectional B this weekend.
Sophomore Trey Bedosky of Landmark Christian is a resident of Douglasville.
“I’m very pleased that we got eight going to sectional,” New Manchester coach Jerry Flippin said. “We brought 11 to the area meet and to get eight out is very good. We are still a very young team with a few first-year wrestlers going to state.”
Of the 39 wrestlers from the county going to state, there are 14 seniors among the group. There will be 13 juniors, three sophomores and nine freshmen competing in the sectional meets.
“This group that we have are still young,” Flippin said. “We got a few seniors mixed in there to give us some leadership. We are hoping to do better than we did last year.”
Douglas County had four wrestlers to push through area to the sectional meet.
Freshman Grant Foster was the highest placer by taking third in the 120-pound weight class. The other three wrestlers - Scott Tate (132), Ty Walker (138) and Jonathan Myrthil (170) all placed fourth.
New Manchester highest placer at area was senior Joshua Chollette, who took third in the meet.
“All things considered, I’m pretty happy with how we did,” Douglas County coach Shawn Austin said. “We have plenty of room to build on. We got four in the sectional meet and we are hoping they can make it to Macon.”
Alexander had all 14 of its wrestlers to make it through the area meet as the Cougars took home the championship trophy for a second straight season. The Cougars had a record eight first-place finishers at the area meet.
“This is just the first step to get to the most important step,” Alexander coach Sean Moistner said.
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.”