Newton ad­vances to state du­als

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The Rock­dale County wrestling team will once again rep­re­sent Re­gion 2-AAAAAA at the Ge­or­gia High School Team Dual Wrestling Cham­pi­onship, edg­ing Luella and Newton at the Area 2-AAAAAA du­als this past weekend.

Newton will join the Bull­dogs, de­feat­ing Luella to ad­vance to the state tour­na­ment.

Rock­dale de­feated the Li­ons 65-3 be­fore best­ing the Rams 53-12.

“We wres­tled re­ally well,” Rock­dale coach Craig Har­grove said. “We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to this up­com­ing weekend and go­ing down to Ma­con and hav­ing a good per­for­mance down there.

“We were pretty con­fi­dent that we would qual­ify for the state tour­na­ment again,” he said. “We en­tered the sea­son with high ex­pec­ta­tions and we know that we want to reach Ma­con ev­ery year. Once we get down there though, it will be tough.”

In the ti­tle con­test against the Rams, the Bull­dogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead be­hind wins from Ty­rone Hearn, Clifton Ca­surra and Ronzell Teague.

Newton’s Akil Maolud broke the Bull­dogs’ open­ing streak at 152 pounds, cut­ting Rock­dale’s lead to 14-3.

Rock­dale claimed three of the next five matches be­fore win­ning the fi­nal five matches of the bout, in­clud­ing wins from Sean Mer, Luis Galindo, Moises Mendez, Michael Ma­son and Lenny Me­jias.

In their open­ing match, the Bull­dogs ran through Luella’s lineup, open­ing up a 53-0 lead be­fore the Li­ons se­cured their only win of the match.

Me­jias, Hearn, Teague, Mer, Ma­son, Keythone Robin­son and Cole Lewis earned vic­to­ries for Rock­dale County be­fore the Rams broke the Bull­dogs’ streak. Alonzo Allen and Stephen Hart closed the match with a pair of wins at 113 pounds and 120 pounds, re­spec­tively.

Rock­dale also picked up four wins by for­feit over the Li­ons.

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