Wrestling teams perform well on the road

Wed, 01/10/2007 - 9:24am
By: Michael Boylan

Whitewater wrestler Kellerman Whitewater’s Kenny Kellerman gets a dominant hold over an opponent, even with his eyes covered. Photo/Michael Boylan.
The local wrestling teams went to a number of different tournaments last weekend with some teams traveling to Alabama and Savannah.

Starr’s Mill and McIntosh went to the Mark Toomey Invitational in Savannah. The Panthers placed third and the Chiefs placed seventh.
Place winners for Starr’s Mill were Jason Allen, 103, first; Patrick Waters, 112, third; Joseph Hoyt, 125, third; Kevin Thurber, 130, second; Kevin O’Brien, 135, second; Brandon Witta, 145, second and Chris Sudduth, 171, first. Place winners for the Chiefs were Jarrod Chamblee, 112, fifth; Richard Hughes, 119, first; Jessy Toscanno, 135, fourth; Carl Scheumann, 140, sixth; Bryce Hughey, 152, sixth and Erik Willanzheimer, 189, fifth.

“I am very excited for Richard and all of our medalists,” said McIntosh coach Nick Bellantoni. “It takes hard work and mental toughness to make it into the championship rounds. For us to have a Tournament Champ plus five other medalists is a reflection of how hard the team works. It is the hard work and dedication of the entire team that makes it possible for the individuals to achieve their success.”

Whitewater went to the Hoover Invitational in Alabama and placed eighth.

Jordan Strain (152) and Jacob Williamson (160) placed third, Hendri DeBeer (171) placed fifth, Zach Williamson (215) placed sixth, Jake Griffin (171) and Sam Ernst (189) placed seventh and Jake Huddleston (135), Chase Penland (140) and Miles Head (285) placed eighth.

In the Granger Invitational in LaGrange, Fayette County placed eighth and Sandy Creek placed 11th. Place winners for Fayette County were Ali Kahn, 103, first; Audy Whittington, 171, first and Patrick Blankenbeker, 189, third. Place winners for Sandy Creek were Drew Gunnin, 145, second and Julian Holmes, 152, third.

McIntosh will host Fayette County, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater, along with the other 2-AAAA teams at the Area Duals this Friday and Saturday. Friday matches start at 5 p.m. and Saturday matches start at 9 a.m.

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Submitted by myword_mark on Sat, 01/13/2007 - 7:07pm.

As always, Fayette County is well represented by some of the finest wrestlers in the south. God job to all of these young men who work so hard and represent themselves in a qaulity sport.

Thanks to the coaches for the time they spend with al these young men as well!

Good luck to all of the teams in area this weekend!

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Submitted by Enigma on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 6:45pm.

Starr's Mill went unbeaten and won the Area tournament and Whitwater finished second this weekend (Whitewater's only loss was to Starr's Mill).

Woodward, Northgate, Fayette, McIntosh, Creekside, Banniker, and Westlake will all reload for next season but will still have wrestlers in the state individual tournament in two weeks.

Both teams will now advance to the State Tournament in Macon.

Best of luck to all the wrestlers from Fayette County at state next weekend!

These teams are both loaded with talent and their hard work should make the entire county proud. Good luck to the Wildcats and the Panthers!

My friend John contributed to this blog. (There John - you got your name in to the blog - twice - feel better?)

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Submitted by Enigma on Sun, 01/21/2007 - 2:04pm.

Whitewater won Second Place in the State Duals and was edged out only by Stockbridge.

Starr's Mill was in the top ten when forced out through a tough bracket that included four top ten state teams.

Whitewater finishes as runner-up in Area behind Starr's Mill and runner-up in State behind Stockbridge.

Starr's Mill finishes First in Area and somewhere near tenth in the State Duals.

The county is loaded with talent and will have many wrestlers in State Singles in two weeks. Both of these teams did very well and we should all be proud of these coaches and wrestlers!

Good job men!

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