Both Holy Innocents’ and Lovett qualified by winning their area duals meets last weekend, with the Golden Bears winning the 4A championship and the Lions claiming the 3AA crown.
The top two finishers in each area meet earned a spot in the state competition.
The Golden Bears — the top seed in Class A — will begin their quest to repeat as state champions with a first-round match against Strong Rock Christian on Thursday. The winner will take on either Mount Zion of Carroll or Turner County in the semifinals.
“Our kids have got to wrestle, but I believe we have a shot at repeating,” Holy Innocents’ coach Stacey Davis said.
Holy Innocents’ (13-2) come into the state duals with plenty of momentum after winning the Area 4A meet last weekend, defeating Commerce 48-12 in the championship match after beating Mount Vernon Presbyterian 81-0 in the quarterfinals and Mount Pisgah Christian 72-6 in the semifinals.
Lovett (18-6) will now get a chance to improve on last year’s runner-up finish in AA after capturing the 4AA duals last Saturday.
The Lions — who are the third seed in AA, behind top-seed Jefferson and No. 2 Bremen — will get things underway against Social Circle in the first round, with the winner to face either Fitzgerald or Bremen in the semifinals.
“I think we’re looking as strong as we have all year,” Lovett coach Billy Maldonado said. “We’ve got guys in positions to do very well. It’s going to be tough, but I believe in our guys and I think we should do very well.”
Lovett won the 4AA championship in convincing fashion, defeating Calhoun 54-22 in the title match after beating Chattooga 51-21 in the quarterfinals and Model 49-28 in the semifinals.
Marist has earned a spot in the AAAA meet, while Woodward will compete in the AAA competition.
Marist will take on Southeast Whitfield in the AAAA first round, with the winner to face either Alexander or Eagle’s Landing in the quarterfinals.
Woodward goes up against Rockmart in a AAA first-round match. The winner will move on to the quarterfinals to battle either Morgan County or Oconee County.