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Callaway enjoys big day at area tourney

Nine Cavaliers advance to next round

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

It was a successful day for the Callaway High wrestling team, which finished fourth in the area tournament and had nine wrestlers advance to the state sectional. Contributed photo

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/02/web1_CHS-wrestle.jpgIt was a successful day for the Callaway High wrestling team, which finished fourth in the area tournament and had nine wrestlers advance to the state sectional. Contributed photo

ROME – With Justin Kiss continuing his stellar sophomore season with another championship performance, the Callaway High wrestling team had a big day at the Area 5-AAA tournament on Saturday at Pepperell High School.

Kiss came into the tournament with a 23-0 record, and he added to that by winning the area championship in the 106-pound division.

“He’s had an unbelievable year,” Callaway coach Josh Ghobadpoor said.

Now, the unbeaten Kiss will look to continue his dominance on the state level.

Kiss, along with eight of his teammates, will compete in the Class AAA state sectional this week.

There will be 16 competitors in each weight division, and the top eight finishers will advance to the state finals the following week.

As a freshman, Kiss not only reached the state finals, but he he ended up placing.

“He’s been there before,” Ghobadpoor said. “He knows what to expect.”

Kiss wasn’t the only Callaway wrestler to return home with a title on Saturday, with Khaliq Swift taking top honors in the 138-pound division.

Callaway’s second-place finishers were Andrew Thomas (170 pounds), Matthew Wingate (152 pounds), Ken Wilson (120 pounds) and Gabriel Liranzo (160 pounds).

Senior Brandon Boddie, who is in his first season wrestling, was third in the 220-pound weight class, and Jason Freiberg (132 pounds) and Nick Trammell (182 pounds) each finished fourth.

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