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Posted: February 25, 2014 11:07 p.m.

Redskins set school record

The Social Circle High School wrestling team made school history at the Georgia High School Class AA traditional state wrestling tournament Saturday by placing eight grapplers. 

The Redskins placed third overall in their class with 134 points behind second place Bremen (156), while 14-time state champion Jefferson earned the top spot in Class AA with 193 points.

Social Circle took nine wrestlers to the state event, with eight placing in the top three of their respective divisions. The Redskins’ eight placers were the most in school history, eclipsing Social Circle’s previous record of four state placers.

“It’s a pretty good day when you have eight of nine placing at state,” Social Circle coach Randy Prater said. “Social Circle has never had four in the finals ... This has been a very special team. I am so proud of them.  These seniors have really helped build a program that has become quite a force throughout the state.”

Freshman Cade Lackey (132) earned the Redskins’ lone state title with a 5-4 decision over Jefferson’s Tanner Thurman. Lackey opened the tournament with a win over Bowdon’s Avery McWhorter by pin and earned a 3-2 decision over Kyle Politz of Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinals. 

Returning state champion Senior Jeremy Tyson (170) finished second in his decision, falling to Bremen’s Jesse Enquezzo 5-3 in the championship finals. Tyson began the tournament with a win over Will Conley of Calhoun by a 6-4 decision before recording a 3-2 victory in the semifinals over Lovett’s Patrick Keogh. 

Senior Justin Givens (160) placed second overall, losing to Jefferson’s Caleb Little 10-1 in the finals.  Givens pinned Spencer’s Kameron Blackshear in the first round while defeating Davis Houk of Westminster 7-4 in the semis. 

Sophomore Reid Harris also placed second at 120 pounds, losing to two-time state champion Deangelo Darrisaw of Dublin, 7-6.  Harris pinned Camryn Gentry of Monticello and won by tech fall (17-0) in the semifinals over Derek Combs of Pepperell. 

Senior A.J. Howard (138) placed third by a last-second takedown, winning 5-4 over Metter’s George Rhodes.   Junior Aaron Forrester (152) placed third, defeating Tristian Williams of Bremen 9-0. Sophomore David Engstrom (145) placed third by tech fall (19-2) over East Lauren’s John McCain, and Freshman Stevie Howard (113) finished third, defeating Easton Mathis of Armuchee, 9-1.   

Freshman Josh Craig (106) competed, but did not place, in the tourney.

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