Best of the best
Local wrestlers ready for state championship
By Eric L. McDonald
The wrestling season concludes this weekend as 27 of the area’s best wrestlers compete at the 2008 GHSA State Traditional/Individual Wrestling Championships in Duluth.
For the local teams — Eastside, Newton and Alcovy — much will be at stake on the mat.
Eastside control its own density entering the tournament after winning its third consecutive Area-8 traditional wrestling title last week in Winder.
“I am as just as happy as I can be,” said Eastside coach Brandon Blakeman. “My goal was to make sure to continue the success and not to have it fall apart on my watch the first year as head coach.”
The Eagles (38-5 overall) finished in first place with a team score of 240. Jackson County took second place (182.50). Dacula placed third (165), Rockdale County finished fourth (148) and Alcovy took fifth (144.5) to round out the top five. Heritage finished in sixth place (136).
For the Eagles, they have unfinished business in their quest for a state title. After a bizarre twist of fate occurred last month in Macon due to wintry weather conditions and other circumstances denied them a shot at the state duel title, the Eagles had to settle for Class AAAA State Runner-ups
Final countdown: Eastside and Newton wrestlers ( pictured above in earlier action), along with Alcovy High, will compete at the 2008 GHSA State Traditional/ Individual Wrestling Championships in Duluth this weekend.