MACON — A total of 21 Gwinnett wrestlers advanced to the state finals Friday at the Georgia High School Association Championships.
Collins Hill, a state title contender in Class AAAAAAA, put five wrestlers into Saturday’s finals — Powell Gilbert at 120 pounds, Joey Felix at 126, Elijah Griffin at 132, Clint Gilbert at 138 and Lucas DeSilva at 160. DeSilva pinned Brookwood’s Chandler Mullis at 5:12 in their semifinal match, and both Clint Gilbert and Griffin also won their semis by pin. Felix posted a 7-0 semis win over Archer’s Cameron Sapp, and Powell Gilbert reached the championship match with a 5-0 victory over Lambert’s Davis Dobbs.
Mountain View also has two finalists in AAAAAAA — Garrett Spikes at 182 and Armond Jones at 152. Spikes needed just 20 seconds for a semifinal pin, while Jones edged West Forsyth’s Ethan Rickert 5-4.
Brookwood’s Chase Hornsby is in the 170 final thanks to a 6-0 win over Rockdale’s Jalon Bailey, and North Gwinnett’s Rex McDaniel reached the 145 final with a 15-0 technical fall over North Paulding’s Micah Osterink.
In AAAAAA, Lanier has its first state finalist in Zander Clark. Clark won a 13-6 decision in his semifinal against Cambridge’s Nick Barton.
Buford sent four wrestlers to the AAAAA finals, including Nick Stonecheck. Stonecheck, in pursuit of his fourth straight state title, pinned Cass’ Zach McKnight in the semis.
He will be joined in the finals by teammates Blaine Bergey (12-2 major decision in semis at 182), Charlie Darracott (16-0 technical fall in semis at 160) and Evan DiMaggio (pin in semis at 220).
Wesleyan qualified two finalists in A — Tanner Bivins at 285 and Sam Schmitt at 170. Bivins won his semi 3-0 over Landmark Christian’s Troy Bedosky and Schmitt won his with a 9-0 major decision over Commerce’s Brayden Phillips.
In the girls division, Gwinnett will have two finalists at 112 pounds — North’s Dianna Holmes vs. Berkmar’s Ally Graham. Both won their semifinal matches by pin.
Duluth’s Aki Choates won a 9-0 major decision to reach the 132 final, Collins Hill’s Tiyahna Askew made the 152 final because of an injury and Meadowcreek’s Mi’Kel Jiles reached the 197 final by pin.
Here's a look at the state finals matchups for Gwinnett wrestlers on Saturday:
Powell Gilbert, Collins Hill vs. Michael Roe, Woodstock
Joey Felix, Collins Hill vs. Caleb Picard, Camden County
Elijah Griffin, Collins Hill vs. David Cartier, Roswell
Clint Gilbert, Collins Hill vs. Jeremy Paradice, Colquitt County
Rex McDaniel, North Gwinnett vs. Landon Chambers, Lassiter
Armond Jones, Mountain View vs. Nathan Santos, Camden County
Lucas DeSilva, Collins Hill vs. Bentley Wheeler, North Forsyth
Chase Hornsby, Brookwood vs. Avery Krippner, Forsyth Central
Garrett Spikes, Mountain View vs. Gerald Coney, Tift County
Zander Clark, Lanier vs. Drew Eller, Evans
Nick Stonecheck, Buford vs. Ethan Kasler, Starr’s Mill
Charlie Darracott, Buford vs. Cole Cochran, Woodland-Cartersville
Blaine Bergey, Buford vs. Kooper Thomas, Ware County
Evan DiMaggio, Buford vs. Andrew Parlato, Kell
Sam Schmitt, Wesleyan vs. Patrick Morris, George Walton
Tanner Bivins, Wesleyan vs. D.J. Lundy, Irwin County
Dianna Holmes, North Gwinnett vs. Ally Graham, Berkmar
Aki Choates, Duluth vs. Jatiana Forde, Alexander
Tiyahna Askew, Collins Hill vs. Drina Griggs, Carrollton
Mi’Kel Jiles, Meadowcreek vs. Antonia Martinez, Johnson-Gainesville