Top three fin­isher

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ALAN HOWARD Spe­cial to The News sports@cov­

So­cial Cir­cle’s wrestling team fin­ished in third place at the GHSA State Du­als Tour­na­ment in Macon last week.

The So­cial Cir­cle High School wrestling team fin­ished third at the GHSA State Dual Tour­na­ment last week­end held at the Macon Coli­seum.

The se­cond-seeded Red­skins were able to get by Lovett in a re­match of last sea­son’s open­ing round, but were un­able to beat Bre­men in the semi­fi­nals to ad­vance to the fi­nals against Jef­fer­son.

Jef­fer­son went on to win its 13th straight team state cham­pi­onship by de­feat­ing Bre­men 48-15.

“We beat Bre­men ear­lier in the sea­son, but I knew it was go­ing to be tough to be able to do it twice in the same year,” So­cial Cir­cle coach Randy Prater said. “Bre­men wres­tled well. It was a great match with a lot of lead changes. I am proud of my wrestlers.”

The Red­skins were matched up with Lovett on Fri­day af­ter­noon in the first round of the tour­na­ment. The match started off at the 220-weight class, where Lovett won the first three matches at 220, 285 and 106 pounds. The three open­ing vic­to­ries gave Lovett a 15-0 lead un­til So­cial Cir­cle ral­lied at 113 pounds, win­ning all of the re­main­ing 11 weight classes with a fi­nal score of 48-15.

In the semi­fi­nals Fri­day night, So­cial Cir­cle’s Joseph Eidi­son started out with a 3-2 de­ci­sion against Bre­men at 285 pounds, tak­ing a 3-0 lead. Bre­men won by de­ci­sion at 106 and won in over­time at 113 pounds, tak­ing con­trol of the match 7-3.

The Red­skins’ Reid Har­ris won at 120 in a 12-10 de­ci­sion to cut the gap to 7-6, but Bre­men ex­panded its lead at 126 pounds to make the score 10-6 in fa­vor of the Blue Devils.

So­cial Cir­cle’s Ryan Davis recorded a pin to re­take the lead 12-7, but Bre­men an­swered with wins at 138 and 147 pounds, tak­ing a 17-12 ad­van­tage.

Aaron For­rester pinned at 152 to give the lead back to So­cial Cir­cle 1817. Bre­men pinned at 160 to lead at 18-23 with four matches re­main­ing.

Jeremy Tyson pinned at 170 to give So­cial Cir­cle its last lead at 24-23.

Bre­men pinned at 182 and 195 and So­cial Cir­cle took a for­feit at 220 to give Bre­men a 35-40 fi­nal over the Red­skins.

Los­ing to Bre­men put the Red­skins in the se­cond round of the wres­tle backs. So­cial Cir­cle de­feated Spencer 64-9, which moved it to the con­so­la­tion fi­nals, where the Red­skins took third place over Toombs County 4530.

With the state tour­na­ment com­plete, the Red­skins turn their at­ten­tion to their re­main­ing tra­di­tional sched­ule matches lead­ing up to the tra­di­tional area tour­na­ment, sec­tional tour­na­ment and the state tour­na­ment.

Be­gin­ning Fri­day, So­cial Cir­cle will en­ter the East Metro Tour­na­ment, a two-day event at Lo­ganville High School, be­fore com­pet­ing at the Jan. 25 Red­skin Rum­ble at SCHS.

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So­cial Cirlce's Ste­vie Howard works out of a hold against Bre­men in the se­cond round of the Class AA State Dual Tour­na­ment.

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The Red­skins var­sity wrestling team cel­e­brates its third-place fin­ish at the Class AA State Du­als this past week­end.

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