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Holy Innocents’ places fifth at state tourney
by Greg Oshust
February 27, 2014 09:11 AM | 1256 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Holy Innocents' wrestlers William Morton and Rod Davis practice their moves in preparation for the Class A state traditional wrestling tournament, where Morton won the state title at 182 pounds and Davis claimed the state crown at 195.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Holy Innocents' wrestlers William Morton and Rod Davis practice their moves in preparation for the Class A state traditional wrestling tournament, where Morton won the state title at 182 pounds and Davis claimed the state crown at 195.
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Holy Innocents’ came away with a fifth-place finish in the Class A state traditional wrestling tournament at Commerce High School last Saturday.

The Golden Bears accumulated 82 points to place fifth behind champion Commerce (222.5), runner-up Gordon Lee (131.5), third-place Athens Christian (129) and fourth-place Turner County (88).

Holy Innocents’ garnered two individual championships. Rod Davis won the 195-pound weight class and William Morton claimed the state title at 182 pounds.

Davis defeated Commerce’s Morgan Flint 9-4 in the 195-pound championship match, while Morton beat Darlington’s Hayden Cook 3-2 in the 182 finals.

The Bears were also led by fourth-place finishes by Keegan Donahoo (106) and Logan Chastain (132) and fifth-place showings by Liam Quigley (160) and Joseph Brinkley (170).

Mount Vernon Presbyterian finished 18th – with Jack Hale finishing fifth at 113 and Constantine Gavalos sixth at 160 -- and Pace was 21st – with Jack Walsh placing fifth at 195 -- in the Class A competition.

Lovett finished ninth and Westminster placed 10th in the AA tournament at Toombs County High School last Saturday.

Leading the way for Lovett were Patrick Keough (fourth, 170), fifth-place finishers Chase Carter (120) and Carson Rich (220) and sixth-place finishers James Hite (126) and Reed Dobbs (132).

Pacing Westminster were fourth-place finishers Davis Houk (160) and Chase Williams (182), fifth-place finisher Alex Balser (113) and sixth-place finishers Brandon Krupczak (195) and Rue Usey (220).

In the AAA tournament at Buford, Woodward scored 78 points to finish fourth behind champion Buford (156), runner-up Banks County (101) and third-place Elbert County (95).

Woodward’s Chandler Pyke won the 152-pound weight class, defeating West Hall’s Elliott Raiford 5-1 in the finals.

Other placers for the War Eagles were Brandon Johnson (third, 195), Colin Greer (fourth, 106), Grady Pastor (sixth, 113) and Will Peace (sixth, 120).

St. Pius X placed 17th in AAA, with Dalton Scoggins (fourth, 160), Nick Twiner (sixth, 138) and Jack Marsh (sixth, 160) leading the way.

Marist placed seventh in the AAAA tournament at West Laurens.

Kenneth Brinson won the 220-pound title, pinning South Effingham’s Tyler Smith in 5 minutes, 37 seconds in the finals.

The War Eagles were also led by Jack Trainor (fourth, 285) and Julian Grady (fifth, 160).

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