Eight LaGrange High wrestlers headed to Saturday’s state sectional hopeful of making it through to this week’s state finals.
For six of those wrestlers, that goal was achieved.
The Class AAAA west sectional was held in Fayette County, and there were 16 competitors in each weight class, and the top eight finishers qualified for the state finals that begin in Gwinnett County on Thursday.
Six wrestlers from LaGrange made it through, as did one from Troup,
Callaway’s Brandon Sutton, meanwhile, advanced to the state finals in Class AAA after finishing first in his sectional.
It was a strong showing for LaGrange, and the two wrestlers who didn’t make it, Garrett Godby and Qua Tucker, each finished ninth, so they’ll be alternates if someone in their weight class is unable to go.
There will be 16 wrestlers in each weight class at the state finals, and the top six finishers will receive medals.
“I told them, it doesn’t matter where you stand now,” LaGrange coach Scooter Weathers said. “Everybody is 0-0.”
Kyler Hall (138 pounds), Dexter Jones (145 pounds) and Jacob Butler (160 pounds) each finished seventh at the sectional, and Guy Wegienka (182 pounds) was sixth.
Lew Hyers (195 pounds) and Emmanuel Mann (285 pounds) each finished fifth.
Although Godby and Tucker didn’t qualify, Weathers said he was proud of the way they rebounded after losing some tough matches.
After they were eliminated from the possibility of finishing eighth or higher, they both won two more matches to finish ninth and finish as the first alternates.
“The tough thing is, you know you’re out, and you still have two more matches to wrestle,” Weathers said. “You have to gather yourself. They both stepped it up.”
Troup’s representative in the state finals will be Hudson Newton, who made it through at 220 pounds.
Sutton, meanwhile, won the 285-pound weight class at the Class AAA west sectional in Sonoraville.
Sutton will try to improve on his fourth-place finish at last year’s state meet.