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AREA 8-AAAAAA

Archer

Coach: Tom Beuglas

2011-12 dual record: 32-4

Returning starters:

-- Gio Fernandez, Jr., 106

-- DaQuan Olbert, Sr., 113

-- Sam Bullard, Soph., 120

-- Grant Aycox, Soph., 126

-- Brandon Weber, Sr., 138

-- Chaz Bentley, Jr., 145

-- Zach Wright, Sr., 152

-- Jalen McCorvey, Sr., 160

-- Robby Kwarteng, Sr., 170

-- Orlando Nawade, Sr., 170

-- Elliot Lee, Soph., 182

-- Ernest Alexander, Sr., 195

-- Hunter McCleskey, Sr., 220

-- M.J. Couzan, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Vinny Artigues, Fr.

-- Chris Diaz, Fr.

-- Thomas Bullard, Fr.

-- Daniel Bullard, Fr.

-- Joey Salgado, Jr.

Outlook: Archer has quickly risen to be one of the premier programs in Georgia. After placing third at state a year ago, the fourth-year program will be a contender for the state title this year. Archer has five state placers returning; led by state champ Alexander and runner-up Sam Bullard. A talented freshman class will also help bolster the lineup.

Coach Beuglas' take: "I think we have the potential to be one of the top teams in the state. With a lot of returning starters from the team that finished third last season as well as some very good freshmen coming in, our older kids are going to have to work really hard if they want a spot in the lineup. If we can get our best 14 kids in the lineup and not have them all wrestling off for certain weight classes, I think we will be very good this season."

Berkmar

Coach: Mike Lancaster

Dual Meet Record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Rehmat Khan, Sr., 132/138

-- Alessandro Araujo, Soph., 113/120

-- Jose Acosta, Soph., 195/220

-- Ethan Castaneda, Jr., 138/145

Others to watch:

-- Ted Lauder, Sr., 195/285

-- Oscar Chavarria, Sr., 145

-- Randall Persaud, Sr., 160

-- Adderly Quintanilla Olvera, Sr., 195

-- Jerry Tejada, Jr., 152/160

-- David Torres, Jr., 195

Outlook: A lack of experience and depth forced Berkmar to wrestle a predominantly JV schedule last year. That allowed the Patriots to build some experience for this season. Berkmar will still struggle to put a full lineup on the mat, but the team will be tougher than a year ago thanks to a strong offseason training program. Castaneda could be Berkmar's best hope to qualify for the state meet.

Coach Lancaster's take: "Our main strength is the dedication that we had from a core group of wrestlers that dedicated themselves over the summer to practice and camp in order to improve their skills. Individually, I expect to see a more competitive group, simply due to the fact that we have more experience coming back than in past years. Our coaching staff is excited about our kids and we are looking forward to getting on the mat."

Brookwood

Coach: Chris Cicora

2011-12 dual record: 33-7

Returning starters:

-- Zeke Johnson, Jr., 106/113

-- Than Nguyen, Jr., 113/120

-- Drew McCorkle, Sr., 120/126

-- Wyatt Jozwowski, Jr., 126/132

-- Charles Lee, Jr., 138,

-- Stephen Solamon, Soph., 160/170

-- Tommy Thai, Jr., 170/182

-- Josh Moore, Sr., 182,

-- Caleb Harris, Jr., 195

-- Terrell Anderson, Sr., 220

Others to watch:

-- Ethan Cole, Soph., 106

-- Andrew Collins, Jr., 152/160

-- Cole Mullis, Jr., 145

-- James Pham, Jr., 152

-- Miles Nolan, Fr., 152

-- Jeremy Quarshie, Soph., 285

Outlook: Brookwood had a state champion for the first time in 17 years last season, but the Broncos hope to not go that long without a champ again. State runner-up Jozwowski is one of four returning state qualifiers. The Broncos qualified for the state duals last season and should be a contender for a trip to Macon again this year. The lineup is the deepest it's ever been under Cicora, making the Broncos a threat for a state trophy this season.

Coach Cicora's take: "I am very pleased with the attitude and offseason preparation displayed by this team. Region 8 wrestling will certainly be competitive this season as the level of talent continues to grow. However, we understand that nothing ever worth wanting in this sport comes easy, and we welcome the challenges ahead. We will be battle-tested and better because of it. I believe we have the potential to build upon our success from last season, but to meet our goals we will have to keep working hard, stay focused, and expect to win each time we step on the mat."

Central Gwinnett

Coach: Kyle Norred

2011-2012 Dual Record: 6-18

Returning starters:

-- Leivon Lewis, Jr., 145

-- Matthew Watkins, Jr., 138

-- Marcus Thompson, Jr., 152

Others to watch:

-- Efren Rivera, Soph. 138

Outlook: Norred returns for his second season at Central and is still building the program. Pre-season practice had an increase in numbers from a year ago and Norred hopes to build off that this year. Central's lineup will be filled with young, inexperienced wrestlers, so they will take their lumps early. Lewis, who was a state placer a year ago, will be relied on to lead the Black Knights.

Coach Norred's take: Central has a good core group of kids led by state placer Leivon Lewis, who will help mold our younger guys. We have a lot of new, eager to learn young guys this year who will no doubt get better each week. I am excited about the number of kids interested in wrestling this year, and I believe our program will build upon last year."

Dacula

Coach: Wes Cooper

2011-12 dual record: 14-20

Returning starters:

-- Keenan Doricent, Sr., 106

-- Jowan Kearse, Jr., 145

-- Pablo Correa, Jr., 138

-- Marcus Nelson, Soph., 126

-- David Sainvilus, Sr., 195

-- Malik Cooper, Sr., 170

Others to watch:

-- Vincent Maldanoldo, Jr.

-- Nathaniel Hinton, Soph.

-- Walker Baylor, Soph.

-- Preston Mitchell, Jr.

-- Josh Lovin, Jr., 220

-- Peyton Garrett, Sr., 285

-- Johnny Monsalve, Soph., 160

-- C.J. Lord, Soph.

-- Dallas Hadley, Jr.

-- Brian Anderson, Soph., 113

Outlook: Cooper is in his third year as head coach at Dacula and is trying to develop some varsity experience. The Falcons return just a handful of starters, but have some strong JV wrestlers that should break the lineup. Doricent will provide leadership for the Falcons and is the team's only returning state qualifier.

Coach Cooper's take: "We only have one state qualifier returning from last year in Keenan Doricent, who qualified at 106. We have several guys moving up that were very successful last year at the junior varsity level. I feel that these young men are ready to step up to the varsity and compete at a very high level."

Grayson

Coach: Mike Stephen

2011-12 dual record: 16-11

Returning starters:

-- Zakk McDonald, Sr., 106

-- Ben Sewell, Jr., 113

-- Josh Dominguez, Jr., 120

-- Denis Badelita, Sr., 160

-- Tommy Aluko, Sr., 195

Others to watch:

-- Javaughn Anderson, Jr., 138

-- Alex Distasio, Jr., 132

Outlook: Grayson graduated a senior-laden squad last year, leaving a lot of holes in the lineup. The Rams have several returners with quality mat time, but will struggle early as they try to build experience in the lineup. Aluko is the Rams' only returning state qualifier from a year ago.

Coach Stephen's take: "Due to graduation and a couple other factors we only have a few guys returning with varsity-level experience. This is a very young team when looking from top to bottom. One positive is out of this inexperienced group, there is a core group that have put in a lot of time since last season in order to improve. There will be a great deal of development this season. We have several wrestlers that have been predominantly JV who I think can step up and compete this year at the varsity level."

Parkview

Coach: Joshua Porter

2011-12 dual record: 6-12

Returning starters:

-- Zak Dean, Soph., 106/113

-- An Vu, Sr., 113/120

-- Andrew Webb, Soph., 120/126

-- Will Anderson, Soph., 126/132

-- Kamaal Abdushshukur, Jr., 132/138

-- Edwin Lindsey, Sr., 145/152

-- Khalil Abdushshakur 12th 152/160

-- Ben Boatright 12th 170/182

-- Harrison Schmid 12th 182/195

-- Neil Wempe 10th 220/285

Others to watch:

-- Anthony Altreuther, Fr., 170/182

Outlook: Porter enters his second season as Parkview's head coach and spent last season building experience. The Panthers return four of the five state qualifiers from a year ago, including Kamaal Shakur. The junior placed third at state and earned All-American honors at a summer tournament. The Panthers will be strong in the middle weight class, but have some work to do in the light and upper weights.

Coach Porter's take: "We had a young team last year that got a lot better as the season went on. Then a core group of guys worked very hard this summer traveling across the country looking to continue the progress they made last season. Now it is time for us to put it all together and see what we can do."

Shiloh

Coach: Troy Hobbs

2011-12 dual record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Adan Velasquez, Sr.

-- Idell Gladney, Jr.

-- Harden Helm, Jr.

-- Keith Thicklin, Jr.

-- Jay Cooksey, Sr.

-- Chad Williams, Sr.

Outlook: Hobbs, who is also the Generals' head football coach, replaces longtime coach Jose Helena. The Generals produced their first state champion last year in Ryan Mosley since 2000 last season. Velasquez and Helm are the Generals' returning state qualifiers.

Coach Hobbs' take: "It's a tough group of kids. We have some senior leadership and are working toward being successful and building off of last year."

South Gwinnett

Coach: Greg Revis

2011-12 dual record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Tyquan Downing, 170

-- Zamane Ward, 160

-- Damarco Flint, 132

-- Kariem Harding, 113

Others to watch:

-- Donovan Smith

-- Gregory Thompson

-- Francis Nelson-Neequaye

-- Will Crownover

-- Tre Weaver

-- Vaseun Smith

-- Will Willis

-- Brandon Harris

-- Austin Williams

-- Tanner Dyer

-- Anthony Sack

-- Anthony Bonds

-- Dominique Glenn

Outlook: Revis is in his second year as head coach at South and is trying to give the program some stability. The Comets graduated a pair of state qualifiers and will have several new faces in the lineup. Ward is the Comets' most accomplished returning wrestling, placing fifth at county last season.

Coach Revis' take: "We're excited to get going in year two."

AREA 7-AAAAAA

Collins Hill

Coach: Josh Stephen

2011-12 dual record: 23-3

Returning starters:

-- Sean Russell, Jr., 113

-- Ryan Millhof, Jr., 120

-- Michael Roquet, Jr., 145

-- Anthony Codella, Sr., 160

-- Charles Huff, Sr., 182

-- Jonathan Gilbert, Sr., 195

Others to watch:

-- Codi Russell, Fr., 106

-- Jimmy Gall, Sr., 152

Outlook: Collins Hill's run as dual state champions ended last year with a runner-up finish, but the Eagles came back to claim their fifth-straight traditional title. Collins Hill will once again be a strong tournament team with defending state champions Russell and Millhof back. The Eagles don't have the star power from top to bottom in the lineup like years past, but will be a contender for the dual title again.

Coach Stephen's take: "I'm really excited to see this team develop over the season. It's a strong and unified team that's working hard to win another state championship."

Duluth

Coach: Kyle Chewning

2011-12 dual record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Alex Brown, 220

-- Anderson Wells, 182

-- Demarkus Lauderdale, 145

-- Algy Fonts, 132

Others to watch:

-- Ben Greer, 145

-- Maxwell Bell, 285

Outlook: Chewning spent two years as the assistant at Duluth and now runs the program. The 2006 North Gwinnett grad, who placed fourth at state, has the task of building the program. Numbers are up in the room, but the Wildcats have a lot of inexperienced wrestlers.

Coach Chewning's take: "We're going to have a lot of youth, but we are excited about the guys coming back. I think we'll have a couple of guys battling for first or second in the area."

Meadowcreek

Coach: Rich Schumacher

2011-12 dual record: 37-11

Returning starters:

-- Malik Saunders, Jr., 106/113

-- Robert Nguyen, Sr., 120

-- Rene Deluna, Sr., 132

-- Ade Harden, Soph., 145

-- Dameek Reed, Jr., 152

-- OG Harden, Jr., 170

-- Ryan Moore, Jr., 195

-- Alex Lucio, Sr., 220

Others to watch:

-- Eduardo Garcia, Fr., 106

-- Raymond Washington, Soph., 113

-- Tony Pham, Jr., 126

-- Humzah Khan, Sr., 138

-- Serafin Aguilara, Jr., 160

-- Tyre Johnson, Sr., 182

-- Mardale Hobley, Jr., 195

-- Eduardo Moran, Sr., 285

Outlook: Schumacher enters his fourth year at Meadowcreek and has turned the once doormat program into a trophy contender at tournaments. The Mustangs are coming off the most wins in school history and feature a lineup that should be strong again. Area champion Moore, a running back on the football team, is the only returning state qualifier. The Mustangs will be strong in the lower and upper weights, but need to develop experience in the middle of the lineup.

Coach Schumacher's take: "It will be difficult to duplicate last year's 37-win season as our team will miss the senior leadership from last season. Coach (Melton) Hardee and I feel we have good strength with the return of area champ Ryan Moore, Rene Deluna, Robert Nguyen, OG Harden and Alex Lucio. Much of our success will depend on how our underclassmen improve in the early season and how leadership evolves. We are optimistic that we can get more individual accolades in the county tournament and the postseason this year. It will be a fight to keep our third place in Area 7."

Mill Creek

Coach: Rodney Potter

2011-12 dual record: 4-19

Returning starters:

-- Austin Burel, Sr., 132

-- Wesley Peterson, Jr., 138

-- Marcos Rosenkjer, Jr., 145

-- Matthew Felbaum, Jr., 160

-- Alex Bridgewater, Sr., 182

-- Andrew Klemm, Sr., 195

-- Jake Lund, Soph., 220

-- John Hollenbeck, Jr., 285

Outlook: Potter enters his third season as the Hawks' head coach. Mill Creek has taken its lumps the last two years, but Potter is hoping that will change this season. The lineup features more returning upperclassmen than it has in recent years and that should translate into success.

Coach Potter's take: "With several kids with a year or two of experience under their belts, Mill Creek will be looking to make their mark in Gwinnett County. We are looking forward to seeing how our young squad has developed throughout the offseason."

Mountain View

Coach: Jim Gassman

2011-12 dual record: 18-8

Returning starters:

-- Adam Flatt, Soph., 106

-- Kenny Cook, Sr., 120

-- Tony Torres, Sr., 132

-- Kacey Gutierrez, Sr., 132

-- Sterling Pyles, Sr., 152

-- Jake Gandara, Sr., 170

-- Octavian Jarda, Jr., 182

-- Tommy Coggins, Jr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Kevin Truglio, Sr., 113

-- D.J. Schrenk, Soph., 145

Outlook: Mountain View enters its fourth year of existence, which means the Bears will finally start to have some experience on the mat and depth in the lineup. Mountain View has eight starters back and should be a strong dual team. Flatt and Cook are returning state qualifiers and will be relied on at tournaments.

Coach Gassman's take: "Many of the seniors helped start the Mountain View program four years ago, so they are very experienced in the challenges of a season. There are many returning wrestlers that will add depth to the Junior Varsity and increase the competition in the room. The wrestlers have taken advantage of the many wrestling opportunities in the offseason to improve and we hope to see that translate to success this year. We are building a culture at Mountain View that we train like champions on and off the mat."

Norcross

Coach: Andrew Kucera and Jimmy Jefferson

2011-12 dual record: 24-15

Returning starters:

-- Michael Cunningham, Jr., 125

-- Jermaine Hall, Soph., 120

-- Rudy Guilen, Soph., 138

-- Antonio Coss, Sr., 160

-- Nick Jones, Jr., 170

-- Warren McWilliams, Jr., 182

-- Charles Cook, Sr., 220

-- Michael Marshall, Sr., 195

Others to watch:

-- Michael Gaylor, Soph., 160

-- Musteli Mubuso, Sr., 145

-- Manny Espino, Soph., 132

Outlook: Kucera, a 2005 Norcross grad, takes over as head wrestling coach after being an assistant a year ago. He takes over for Jason Burton, who left to be an assistant at Buford, and left the program in good shape. Kucera inherits a program with a strong core of kids led by sectional qualifiers Jones and Guilen. The lineup doesn't have a lot of seniors, but that means Kucera can build for the future.

Coach Kucera's take: "We are coming off a season in which four kids qualified for sectionals and we are expecting on improving that this season. These kids want to put in the time to improve. We will be young, but have several kids returning who were starters at some point in the season."

North Gwinnett

Coach: Phil Daniel

2011-2012 dual record: 33-9

Returning starters:

-- Hunter Franklin, Jr., 113

-- John Hyre, Sr., 120

-- Ebow Danso, Sr., 132

-- Tyler O'Rear, Jr., 145

-- Avery Elford, Soph., 152

-- Timi Akkiniranye, Sr., 160

-- James Morton, Sr., 160

-- Omar Valentin, Sr., 170

-- Justin Demorat, Sr., 182

-- Jalen Brooks, Sr., 195

-- Brett Byerly, Sr., 220

-- Alex Stoehr, Sr., 285

Others to watch

-- Todd Small, Fr., 103

-- Donavan Haynes, Jr., 126

-- Robert Bevers, Sr., 138

-- Alex Larson, Soph., 152

-- Tyler Wilson, Jr., 220

Outlook: Daniel enters his fifth year at North and has his most experienced and talented team. The Bulldogs return 12 starters off last year's team that finished fifth at state. North returns seven state qualifiers, including four state placers. With that amount of experience returning, there's high hopes at North this season.

Coach Daniel's take: "This is a very solid experienced team that has been through the wars. This group has been together for four years and most work out year-round with a state championship as their goal. This is a great group of kids that expects to win, but more importantly are a team. They believe in each other and expect to win for each other. Expectations are to compete and be successful at the highest level in our state for our kids and our coaches."

Peachtree Ridge

Coach: Sean Page

2011-12 dual record: n/a

Returning starters:

-- Casey Harrison, Sr., 285

-- Able Leonardo, Jr., 185

-- Karar Al-asady, Sr., 150

-- Kareem Al-asady, Jr., 132

-- Adam Lloyd, Soph., 120

-- Austin Lloyd, Sr., 145

-- Wil Shiver, Soph., 132

-- Johnny Parr, Jr., 150.

Others to watch:

-- Nick Bulischek, Soph., 103

-- Josh Marsh, Jr., 160

-- Kelvin Lora, Soph., 220

-- Bambot Murtaza, Sr., 126

-- Santiago Canon Jr., 112.

Outlook: Page takes over a successful Peachtree Ridge program after spending the last eight years as an assistant at the Suwanee school. The Lions graduated a talented senior class and will have some holes to fill in the lineup. The return of eight starters will make the Lions a strong dual team, but they are missing the big guns to score points at traditional tournaments.

Coach Page's take: "Losing a two-time state champion, two state finalists and a state placer, makes this a huge rebuilding year for Ridge wrestling. However, we have more depth this year in almost every weight class, good leadership, and a good freshman class. I foresee us winning more duals this year, but less traditional tournaments, and my biggest hope is to pull off an upset this year at area in order to make it to state duals again this year."

Area 8-AAAA

Lanier

Coach: Nick Brenner

2011-12 dual record: 16-14

Returning starters:

-- Christian Martinez, Soph., 120

-- Edy Lee, Sr., 138

-- Cody Pitts, Sr., 152

-- Adarius Griffin, Jr., 195

-- Grey Williams, Jr., 152

-- Justin Jenkins, Jr., 220

-- Chauncy West, Sr., 285

Others to watch:

-- Patrick Stough, Fr., 138

Outlook: Lanier is in just its third year of existence, but the program is beginning to make strides. A feeder program has started to produce some experienced wrestlers. Depth is still a concern, but the Longhorns have some wrestlers that have the potential to be state qualifiers.

Coach Brenner's take: "I am excited for the upcoming season. We have a lot of guys returning from last year that have their goals set high and we have a lot of newcomers that will help to add depth to our team."

Area 7-AAA

Buford

Coach: Rob Carlyle

2011-12 dual record: 8-15

Returning starters:

-- Dima Aguero, Sr., 195

-- Stephen Thrasher, Sr., 160

-- Chip Ness, Jr., 182

-- Brayden Hartley, Jr., 126

-- Eric Lisiakowski, Jr., 138

-- Dylan Dailey, Jr., 132

-- Cole Allen, Jr., 120

-- Bo Baldwin, Soph., 145

-- Preston Kell, Soph., 220

Others to watch:

-- Jack Barber, Fr., 113

Outlook: After helping start the Archer program, Carlyle is in his first year as the head coach at Buford. He'll inherit a strong team led by two-time state champion Ness. Hartley and Aguero are returning state placers and should give the Wolves some extra punch at tournaments.

Coach Carlyle's take: "We look forward to building off a great summer and pre-season of hard work and dedication."

Area 6-AA

GAC

Coach: Jeff Harsh

2011-12 dual record: 38-6

Returning starters:

--Brandon Bradley, Sr., 113

--Kyle Politz, Soph., 120

--Carter Clinebell, Jr., 132

--Trent Scates, Sr., 138

--Hunter Martin, Sr., 182

--Mitchell Shea, Jr., 195

--Connor Crumrine, Sr., 285

Outlook: The Spartans have made great strides in recent years, taking second at traditional state and third at state duals last season. The Spartans graduated eight starters, but the success of the freshman and JV teams should help fill the lineup this season. GAC has four state qualifiers returning in Politz, Bradley, Clinebell and Martin.

Coach Harsh's take: "With the graduation of eight of our starters from last year, we are looking to our returning starters as the leaders of our team, which includes four current seniors. From our 6-7 returning starters, four of them are state qualifiers from last season. So we believe that we can compete at a high level in Class AA this year because we have these quality kids in our program. In addition, last season our JV placed second at both the JV county tournament and the freshmen county tournament, so we know we have good kids in the room. Now our challenge is to fill out our lineup as strong as we can with our returning starters and some new guys who are ready to step it up this year."

Wesleyan

Coach: Dennis Stromie

2011-12 dual record: 3-3

Returning starters:

-- Connor Fitzpatrick

-- Alexander Dubose

-- John McCleskey

-- Rhett Delk

-- Jake Mosley

-- John Walker

-- Matthew Moratti

-- Sam Beltrami

-- Miles Smith

Others to watch:

-- Haydon Koch, Fr. 113

-- Chase Kelly, Fr. 106

Outlook: Stromie inherited an extremely young program in his first season at the Norcross private school last year. Participation and experience was so low that the Wolves wrestled a limited dual schedule. That should change this year with more depth and experience for the smallest school in Class AA. State placers Fitzpatrick and Delk return to give the Wolves some firepower in the lineup.

Coach Stromie's take: "We have two returning state place winners that we'll try to build around. We were extremely young last year. Now we're a little older and we have a little more experience, and that usually translates into a little more success on the mat."