Newton advances to state duals
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.