FAYETTEVILLE - Black Watch Wrestling, a first-year youth wrestling team from Covington, competed at the Big Kids State Tournament (12 and under, 14 and under) Saturday at Whitewater High School.
The USA Wrestling Team Georgia sanctioned final tournament had 480 wrestlers and 90 teams represented from throughout the state. Each age and weight class had at the most 16 participants in its bracket, which qualified two weeks before at the state qualifiers.
The Black Watch grapplers who competed were A.J. Howard (12U, 85 pounds), Rory Barber (12U, 95), Jed Wheeler (12U, 112), Daniel Whitlow (12U, 130), Kyle Barronton (14U, 120), Jeremy Fuller (14U, 175) and Alex Cann (14U, 190).
Head Coach Gabe Gamadanis, William Wells and Greg Brickell were the corner instructors during the tournament.
Cann placed second at state with his only loss in the championship bout against Casey Jones of Team Extreme Wrestling.
In addition, Cann received a bye in the first round of the double elimination tournament, won by decision (1-0) against Michael Cunningham of North Fulton Cougar Wrestling in the quarterfinal and won by pin (0:41) against Tyler Morris of Tiger Wrestling Club during the semifinal round.
Whitlow won three bouts of his own, which included a technical fall (10-0) over Arthur Walthour of Camden County Wrestling Club.
Fuller and Howard also scored pins in the tournament.