By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
February 6, 2014
It’s a three-peat for Callaway’s Brandon Sutton.
The senior wrestler rolled to his third consecutive area championship last weekend.
Sutton, who has had a terrific senior season, finished first in the 285-pound weight class at the Area 2-AAA tournament.
Sutton will now try to improve on his fourth-place finish at last year’s state tournament.
“It feels pretty good,” Sutton said of winning a third straight area title. “Now I feel like I have to step up going to sectionals this weekend.”
Sutton will be a part of the Class AAA west sectional in Sonoraville.
The east sectional will be held in Morgan County.
There will be eight wrestlers in eight weight class, and the top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to next week’s state finals in Gwinnett County.
Sutton is the only Callaway wrestler competing in the state sectional.
Sutton’s season got off to a late start since he was a starting offensive lineman on the football team that made it to the state semifinals.
It didn’t take Sutton long to work his way into wrestling shape, though.
He has only lost two matches this season, and he has a handful of tournament championships to his credit, including the Gary Silva Invitational hosted by LaGrange High.
Sutton is one of the favorites to claim the 285-pound state title.
“Brandon has a very good shot at it,” Callaway coach Ben Bone said. “His two losses are to two guys that will wrestle for the Class AAAAA state title.”
Since Sutton is the only Callaway wrestler still competing, he has received plenty of attention this week.
“This week especially, we’ve been working him hard,” Bone said.
A year ago, Sutton finished second in the sectional round, and in the state finals, he won his first match before losing in the second round.
Sutton then split his next two matches to finish fourth.