Posted: 2:32 pm Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Wrestling: State champs Buford, Commerce earn No. 1′s 

By Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

In Class AAAAAA, Archer successfully guarded its No. 1 standing by cruising past Lowndes, Newton, Collins Hill and Camden County en route to its second consecutive duals state title. Camden County jumps to No. 2 after its runner up finish and Collins Hill drops a spot to No. 3 after falling to the Tigers 56-13 in the semifinals. North Forsyth jumped six spots to No. 4 with its top 4 finish in the state tournament.

In Class AAAAA, Pope defended its state title by rallying from a 20-0 deficit to top Woodland-Cartersville 36-29 in the state championship. Woodland’s impressive tournament and third straight runner-up finish in duals jumps the Wildcats up to No. 2. Creekview advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to state Woodland-Cartersville and finish No. 4 behind No. 3 Allatoona.

Gilmer edged out Cass 31-30 by criteria for the Class AAAA state duals championship and the runner-up Bobcats move up to No. 2 behind the state champs. In Class AAA, Buford moves to No. 1 after winning its first wrestling state title in school history. The Wolves topped defending state champion Banks County 44-27 in the finals.

The 13-time state duals champion Jefferson Dragons top Class AA and cruised to a 48-15 win over Bremen in the state championship on Saturday. Toombs County gave Jefferson its closest match with a 47-34 defeat in the semifinals before falling in the third place match 45-30 to Social Circle.

Athens Christian moved up three spots to No. 2 after upsetting defending state champion Gordon Lee 37-33 in the semifinals. Commerce topped the Eagles in the finals 48-18 and Gordon Lee took a third place finish in state with a 54-28 win over Turner County. Turner County moves up from No. 8 to No. 4 after its fourth place finish in Macon.

Class AAAAAA

1. Archer

2. Camden County

3. Collins Hill

4. North Forsyth

5. Etowah

6. Chattahoochee

7. Roswell

8. Rockdale County

9. Grayson

10. North Gwinnett

Class AAAAA

1. Pope

2. Woodland-Cartersville

3. Allatoona

4. Creekview

5. Ware County

6. Whitewater

7. Ola

8. Effingham County

9. Clarke Central

10. Warner Robins

Class AAAA

1. Gilmer

2. Cass

3. Alexander

4. Lumpkin County

5. Lithonia

6. Chestatee

7. Glenn Hills

8. West Laurens

9. Marist

10. South Effingham

Class AAA

1. Buford

2. Banks County

3. Morgan County

4. Woodward Academy

5. Sonoraville

6. Blessed Trinity

7. Adairsville

8. Oconee County

9. Rockmart

10. Appling County

Class AA

1. Jefferson

2. Bremen

3. Social Circle

4. Toombs County

5. Lovett

6. Spencer

7. East Laurens

8. Fitzgerald

9. Pepperrell

10. Greater Atlanta Christian

Class A

1. Commerce

2. Athens Christian

3. Gordon Lee

4. Turner County

5. Mt. Zion-Carroll

6. Treutlen

7. Eagle’s Landing Christian

8. Strong Rock Christian

9. Holy Innocents’

10. Mt. Vernon

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