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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel New Manchester junior Thaddeus Frazier will compete in the 120-pound weight division at the Class AAAAAA Sectional meet.

The next step towards a state title is the GHSA State Sectional, which starts today at various sites around the state.

Alexander will host a Class AAAAAA Sectional this weekend with New Manchester and Douglas County also participating.

Chapel Hill will take four wrestlers to the Class AAAA Sectional at Woodward Academy in College Park. Lithia Springs has nine wrestlers competing at the Class AAAAA Sectional at Buford.

The top eight finishers in each weight class will qualify for next week’s state meet at the Macon Centreplex.

Alexander has 14 wrestlers competing for a spot in the state meet while New Manchester will bring eight and Douglas County to the Sectional meet.

“With it being at Alexander, it is almost like a home meet for us,” New Manchester coach Jerry Flippin said. “We are looking forward to competing. We have seen a lot of growth in our program and this is the next step for us.”

Alexander is the defending state champion. Last week, the Cougars won the Area 5-AAAAAA championship with eight wrestlers taking home titles.

The eight area champions is the most in program history.

“We are trying to put ourself in a position where we want to be,” Alexander coach Sean Moistner said. “The main step is to get everybody qualified to go to state.”

Alexander senior Little Nelson agreed.

“Winning area is just a step in our quest for another state title,” said Nelson, who finished third at state last year.

Senior Kennedi Crittle-Wade finished runner-up to become the first female wrestler in the Cougars’ program to qualify for sectional. She is looking to become the first female state qualifier.

“It’s exciting and finishing runner up definitely has been a lot of motivation,” she said.

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