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SUPER SIX: Wrestling

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Archer's Ernest Alexander

Name: Ernest Alexander

School: Archer

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.2

2011-12 record: 67-4

Nickname: Super 8

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movie: "Rocky"

College choices: Navy, Air Force, Georgia Tech

Pre-match ritual or superstition: I pray before every match

Toughest opponent: Oak Mountain (Ala.) 195-pound wrestler

Funniest teammates: Jalen McCorvey, Hunter McCleskey and Zack Wright

Role models: Coaches Tom Beuglas and Andy Dyer

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett County wrestler is: Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof and Sean Russell

Info file: In just three years of wrestling, Alexander has quickly become a dominant wrestler in the state. He posted a dominant junior campaign by winning Gwinnett County, Region 8 and state championships. A standout running back in football, Alexander only lost two matches to Georgia wrestlers a season ago.

Coach Tom Beuglas' take: "Ernest has tremendous athletic strength and quickness. He has the ability to counter opponent's scoring attempts and score himself with his quickness and scrambling ability. He has a great attitude, is a great teammate and we are very proud that he became our first state champion last year. He just started wrestling in ninth grade, so he has done a great job balancing his football and wrestling responsibilities and excelling at both sports for Archer High School."


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Brookwwod's Wyatt Jozwowski

Name: Wyatt Jozwowski

School: Brookwood

Class: Junior

GPA: 3.83

2011-12 record: 58-11

Nickname: Jaws

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movie: "The Social Network"

College choice: Undecided

Pre-match ritual or superstition: Warm-up

Toughest opponent: Ryan Millhof

Funniest teammate: Alan Hernandez

Role models: Steve Jobs for life and David Taylor for wrestling

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett County wrestler is: Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof

Info file: Jozwowski had a breakout sophomore campaign, reaching the state finals before losing to Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof. He was a Region 8 champion and had a strong showing at the prestigious Super 32, a preseason national tournament.

Coach Chris Cicora's take: "Wyatt is a well-rounded student-athlete who pursues both excellence in the classroom as well as on the wrestling mat. His success stems from his ability to be resilient with great determination. He is a relentless wrestler who sees every challenge as an opportunity to better himself. Wyatt is the kind of kid that any coach would be proud to work with. Our coaching staff looks forward to his continued leadership and success at Brookwood and beyond."


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Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof

Name: Ryan Millhof

School: Collins Hill

Class: Junior

GPA: 3.4

2011-12 record: 53-3

Nickname: Bullet Proof Tiger Ninja

Favorite subject in school: History

Favorite movie: "Step Brothers"

College choices: Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Iowa

Pre-match ritual or superstition: Pray before every tournament

Toughest opponent: Sean Russell

Funniest teammate: Jimmy Gall

Role model: Jordan Burroughs

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett County wrestler is: Collins Hill's Sean Russell

Info file: Millhof lost one match as a freshman and that was in the state finals. He came back with a vengeance as a sophomore to win state. His only defeats a season ago were to out-of-state opponents. Millhof won the prestigious Super 32 title over teammate Sean Russell last month.

Coach Josh Stephen's take: "Ryan is a crazy scrambler that can come out on top in any situation. He is very hard to score on and always finds a way to win."


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Buford's Chip Ness

Name: Chip Ness

School: Buford

Class: Junior

GPA: 3.34

2011-12 record: 48-0

Nickname: Untouchable

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite movie: "Taken"

College choices: UNC, Virginia, Iowa State, Arizona State, Stanford, N.C. State

Pre-match ritual or superstition: Pace across mat, listen to music

Toughest opponent: Pennsylvania's Dakota Deslauriers, the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the country

Role model: Robert Findley

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett County wrestler is: Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof

Info file: In two years as a high school wrestler, Chip Ness hasn't lost a match. He's claimed two Class AA state titles and will compete in Class AAA this year. Ness had another standout summer of wrestling, taking third at Fargo Freestyle nationals to earn All-American honors and fourth at Super 32.

Coach Rob Carlyle's take: "Chip has accomplished a tremendous amount since his freshman year not only in the state and regional level, but nationally. With his talent and ability, I expect Chip to exceed his accomplishments for the next couple of years he has left in high school. He is a great asset for any coach to have in a room."


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Collins Hill's Sean Russell

Name: Sean Russell

School: Collins Hill

Class: Junior

GPA: 2.6

2011-12 record: 50-2

Nickname: Superman

Favorite subject in school: P.E.

Favorite movie: "Juice"

College choices: Oklahoma State, NC State, Arizona State

Pre-match ritual or superstition: Listen to music

Toughest opponent: Ryan Millhof

Funniest teammate: Jimmy Gall

Role model: Urijah Faber

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett County wrestler is: Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof

Info file: Russell is a two-time state champion in the state's highest classification. He's only lost one match to a Georgia wrestler in his career. He was second at Super 32, losing to teammate Ryan Millhof in the finals.

Coach Josh Stephens' take: "Sean is tough as nails and very versatile on his feet. He can attack from anywhere and has incredible short offense."


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Parkview's Kamaal Shakur

Name: Kamaal Shakur

School: Parkview

Class: Junior

GPA: 3.2

2011-12 record: 53-11

Nickname: Kamala Bear

Favorite subject in school: Physics

Favorite movie: "The Matrix"

College choices: Ohio State, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma

Pre-match ritual or superstition: Focusing

Toughest opponent: Zane Rethorford

Funniest teammate: Cody Giddens

Role model: Jordan Burroughs

Aside from yourself, the best current Gwinnett County wrestler is: Collins Hill's Ryan Millhof

Info file: Shakur is looking to build off a breakout sophomore campaign where he placed third at the state meet. He spent the summer traveling the country, facing some of the nation's top wrestlers. He earned All-American honors when he placed fourth at USA Wrestling's Folkstyle Nationals.

Coach Josh Porter's take: "The sky is the limit for Kamaal. On top of unbelievable talent, the kid is a hard worker; he works out two to three times a day. Kamaal spent two weeks at the Olympic Training Center this summer so he is primed and ready to go for the season."