LILBURN — After a strong showing with a third-place finish in the county traditional tournament last week, Brookwood rode that momentum on Saturday in the Region 7-AAAAAAA duals at Parkview High School.
Winners of the last two region dual meets, Brookwood notched its third in a row with decisive wins in two matches — an 84-0 shutout of Central Gwinnett and a 59-16 defeat of Meadowcreek in the finals — to give the Broncos a berth in the Class AAAAAAA state dual meet next weekend.
“We came out being aggressive and setting the tone and getting our opponents to react to us,” Brookwood head coach Chris Cicora said. “We’re at our best when we are being offensive and aggressive. We had a good day today.”
In the finals, Meadowcreek got off to a good start when Raul Ruiz recorded a pin of Ethan Quarshie in the 195-pound match, but Brookwood took the next three matches with pins from Justin Oldknow at 220 and Bryan Cordona at 285, along with a 6-3 decision at 106 from Jacob Cox.
The Mustangs posted wins in two of the next three matches to get within single digits in the team score at 25-16 when Joellius Rodriguez pinned Khayri Moore in the 120 match and Jawon Young scored a 9-1 major decision at 132.
The Broncos wouldn’t surrender another match after that, getting a 15-4 major decision at 138 and pins in the next three bouts to pull away for the final margin.
“We’re at a point (in the season) where we are minimizing mistakes and we’re giving ourselves a chance to win in all matches,” Cicora said. “We are confident and feeling good and excited about the opportunity to go to state next week.”
The battle for second place was much more contested as Meadowcreek had to wait on the outcome of the Parkview-Berkmar match.
Parkview, which fell to Meadowcreek 42-36 earlier in the brackets, overcame that defeat with a win over Berkmar, securing the Mustangs’ spot in the state tournament for the third year in a row.
“We really don’t have a full squad, but we managed,” Meadowcreek head coach Jose Helena said. “I had to bump up a lot of JV kids, but our starters came through. We had a lot of holes this year and I’m very proud of the kids that we have. It’s not about winning, but about giving your best of what you do every day.”
The state dual tournament will begin on Jan. 17 at the Macon Centreplex.
106: Jacob Cox (Brookwood) dec Bryan Chan (Meadowcreek), 6-3
113: Xavier Bentley (Brookwood) fall (Amir Malik) :41
120: Joellius Rodriguez (Meadowcreek) fall Kharyi Moore (Brookwood) 2:35
126: Vaughn Williams (Brookwood) maj dec Lorenzo Johnson (Meadowcreek), 18-8
132: Jawon Young (Meadowcreek) maj dec Matthew Wilson (Brookwood), 9-1
138: Emilio Torres (Brookwood) maj dec Isai Silverio (Meadowcreek), 15-4
145: Jacob Fielding (Brookwood) fall Emmanuel Rodriguez (Meadowcreek) 1:37
152: Cam’ron Starks (Brookwood) fall Sergio Gomez (Meadowcreek) :26
160: Chase Hornsby (Brookwood) fall Alan Cruz-Castillo (Meadowcreek) :27
170: Gabriel Lee (Brookwood) forfeit win
182: David Key (Brookwood) forfeit win
195: Raul Ruiz (Meadoowcreek) fall Ethan Quarshie (Brookwood) 3:59
220: Justin Oldknow (Brookwood) fall Momodou Corr (Meadowcreek) :26
285: Bryan Cordona (Brookwood) fall Darius Harvey (Meadowcreek) 2:23