Pace hits 200 ca­reer wins ahead of state trip

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

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.

/ Con­trib­uted

Left and right: Rock­mart’s Grif­fin Pace cel­e­brated on and off the mats his 200th ca­reer win in high school in past days.

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