Best of the best

Lo­cal wrestlers ready for state cham­pi­onship

The Covington News - - Sports -

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

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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