Fire­birds earn Area 3-AAA crown

Sono­rav­ille led by seven in­di­vid­ual champs at Bre­men

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Alex Far­rer

The Sono­rav­ille Fire­birds went to Bre­men for the Area 3-AAA Tra­di­tional Tour­na­ment on a mis­sion. Af­ter an im­pres­sive run through the brack­ets by sev­eral wrestlers that mis­sion was ac­com­plished.

Sono­rav­ille had seven wrestlers earn area ti­tles in their in­di­vid­ual weight classes and oth­ers put to­gether solid per­for­mances to rack up enough points for the Fire­birds to top the team scores at 217.5 and be crowned Area 3-AAA Tra­di­tional Cham­pi­ons. The ti­tle breaks a 10-year streak of con­sec­u­tive ti­tles host Bre­men had put to­gether.

The Blue Devils fin­ished sec­ond with 185.5 points, fol­lowed by Lovett (149) and Adairsville (110.5)

“Win­ning the area tra­di­tional team ti­tle was a goal, and I’m happy for the kids,” said Sono­rav­ille coach Randy Ste­ward. “We sure wish we could’ve got­ten more kids to ad­vance to Sec­tion­als. That be­ing said, to have eight un­der­class­men in the fi­nals and to win seven of those matches was a big deal. We need to com­pete hard again this week­end at sec­tion­als.”

Sono­rav­ille was led by seven in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing Eli Knight (106), Hec­tor Ar­bos (113), Allen Stone (120), Jayce Der­ry­berry (126), Tyler Hunt (132), Trevor Bur­dick (138) and Char­lie Brown (182). Char­lie Brown also made it to the fi­nals at 195 be­fore los­ing a tough match to fin­ish as run­ner-up in the weight class. All eight of those wrestlers will ad­vance to com­pete at Area

The Fire­birds had two fifth-place fin­ish­ers, Davin O’Neal (145) and Ryan Redd (220), and a sixth-place fin­isher in Bran­don Bris­tol (285).

Cal­houn also had a solid show­ing at area tra­di­tion­als at Bre­men with five wrestlers ex­tend­ing their sea­son to qual­ify for sec­tion­als. Four Jack­ets fin­ished third in their weight classes, in­clud­ing Johnny San­tana (106), Blake Bai­ley (113), Reece Poe (138) and JC Fuller (285). Sex­ton Golden fin­ished fourth at 195 to round out the qual­i­fiers.

“As young as we were this year and hav­ing two of our three re­turn­ing state qual­i­fiers not wrestling, we didn’t know how we would end up at the area tour­na­ment,” said Cal­houn coach Michael Hern­don. “Our guys wres­tled their hearts out this week­end, and it showed with five of them qual­i­fy­ing for sec­tion­als. Coach (Matt) Hern­don and I are ex­tremely proud of these guys look­ing to keep work­ing hard and hope­fully move on to the state tour­na­ment.”

The qual­i­fiers will com­pete at Class AAA B Sec­tion­als at Bre­men on Satur­day with ac­tion start­ing at 9 a.m.

In other re­cent prep wrestling ac­tion:

War­riors have four qual­ify for sec­tion­als

Gor­don Cen­tral trav­eled to Ar­muchee on Satur­day to com­pete in the Area 3-AA Tra­di­tional Tour­na­ment and had solid per­for­mances from sev­eral wrestlers.

The War­riors had nine wrestlers place in the top six in their in­di­vid­ual weight classes with four of those tak­ing a top-four spot to move on to sec­tion­als. Shane Davis (120) and Ethan Mitchell (220) each took third, and Au­gustis Gor­don (113) and Chris­tian Davis (120) both fin­ished fourth. Those four will com­pete at Class AA B Sec­tion­als at Rock­mart High this Satur­day.

Bran­son Towe (182) and Fer­nando Martinez (106) each took fifth, and Erasmo Ta­maro (138), Brax­ton Cald­well (145) and Trent Dut­ton (182) all fin­ished sixth. The War­riors fin­ished seventh in the team stand­ings with 121 points.

“We’re su­per proud of each and ev­ery one of our Gor­don Cen­tral wrestlers this sea­son,” said coach Cory Nix. “We are proud of each War­rior that com­peted to­day, and this is the be­gin­ning of a cul­ture change for the wrestling pro­gram.”


Sono­rav­ille poses for a team photo af­ter win­ning the Area 3-AAA Tra­di­tional Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship at Bre­men on Satur­day.

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