Chattahoochee was the most successful of the three squads as it narrowly missed advancing to the third-place match in the Class AAAAAA competition.
After losing to Collins Hill 37-25 in a round of 16 match, the Cougars came back with three straight wins – beating East Coweta 52-25, Rockdale County 34-33 and Grayson 48-28.
It was Collins Hill that kept Hooch out of the third-place match as the Cougars lost to their Gwinnett County opponent for the second time in the tournament – this time by a 42-25 score – to finish the competition with a 3-2 record.
Chattahoochee earned its spot in the state duals with a runner-up finish at the Area 6AAAAAA duals the week before.
Roswell also fell short in its bid for the AAAAAA title as it finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.
The Hornets lost to Rockdale County 37-27 in the round of 16, and then defeated Meadowcreek 40-26 before being eliminated with a 34-30 loss to Etowah, which also beat the Hornets in the Area 5AAAAAA finals a week earlier.
“I was proud of my guys and our efforts at state,” Roswell coach Evan Goff said. “This year’s starting lineup has nine experienced wrestlers, while the other five are freshmen or have little over a year’s experience in the sport. To come within a match difference of beating two other region champs in Rockdale and Etowah proved that our program still belongs right there with the top programs in AAAAAA. We have refocused our efforts now to the traditional format, where I feel we are stronger this year than the dual format.”
Archer won the AAAAAA championship for the second year in a row, beating Camden County 42-15 in the finals.
Blessed Trinity had a short stay as well in the AAA tournament as it recorded a 1-2 record.
The Titans lost to defending champion and this year’s eventual runner-up Banks County 60-15 in the quarterfinals, and then defeated Adairsville 39-32 before losing to Woodward Academy – the team that beat them in the Area 6AAA finals the week before — 46-21.
Buford emerged as the AAA champion, beating Banks County 44-23 in the title match.
Other state champions crowned were Pope in Class AAAAA, Gilmer in AAAA, Jefferson in AA and Commerce in Class A.
Now, the three north Fulton teams have their sights set on the state traditional tournament, which will be held in Duluth Feb. 13 through 15.
Roswell finished fourth in last year’s AAAAAA traditional competition, with Chattahoochee and Blessed Trinity placing 11th in AAAAAA and AAA respectively.
While the state duals crowns only a team champion, the traditional tournament awards state championships to individuals in each of the 14 weight classes as well as teams.