Pace hits 200 career wins ahead of state trip
A senior Yellow Jacket reached an impressive milestone in his wrestling career in recent days on the mats.
Griffin Pace hit the mark of 200 high school career wins and also broke the Rockmart High School record during the GHSA Class AA Sectional Tournament at Toombs County High School on Friday, Feb. 8.
Pace finished the tournament as a Sectional Champion and advanced to the state tournament in Macon. He reached his 200th win over Lawson Paradice of Vidalia.
“It was great to reach my 200 wins,” Pace said. “It’s a big accomplishment. Every year I’ve gotten more and more wins. It just feels good to know that out of all of the guys I’ve wrestled with for the past four years at Rockmart High School, that I have more wins than everybody.”
Pace also broke the Rockmart High School record for the most all time wins. The title was previously held by Brett Hayes who had a career total of 182 wins.
In just his senior year, Pace has held a 64-3 season record, with a 201-43 overall high school career record.
Pace said that he works hard everyday and gives credit to his practice partners and coaches who push him to improve.
Head coach Drew Lindsey is proud of Pace’s accomplishment. “It’s not necessarily the wins, but how he’s grown as a person,” he said.
“Griffin is everything we want our student athletes to be,” Lindsey said. “We’ve been modeling our program after kids like Griffin,” he added.
Pace is undecided about college wrestling plans because he also is a member of the Varsity baseball team. He will join his baseball teammates again soon since the wrestling season just ended at the state tournament.
“I’m excited. It’s my last wrestling tournament,” Pace said, referring to the state competition. Last year, Pace finished as a State Runner-Up.
At press time, the Rockmart team was in Macon to compete. Check back for updates and results.
Left and right: Rockmart’s Griffin Pace celebrated on and off the mats his 200th career win in high school in past days.