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Local wrestlers place in Sandy Creek Patriot Classic
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TYRONE - On Saturday, five youth wrestlers from Covington's Black Watch Wrestling program competed against athletes from around the metro area at the Sandy Creek Patriot Classic held at Sandy Creek High School.

Coached by William Wells, the local wrestlers competed in eight different weight classes, bringing home one first place, four third places and one fourth place award.

Overall, the Black Watch wrestlers won 15 bouts with nine pins.

Jed Wheeler took home the only first trophy on the team in the 12 and under 112-pound weight class.

Alex Parish placed fourth in the 12 and under 90-pound weight division. Lane Moorhead took third in the 12 and under 80-pound bracket.

Stevie Howard took third place in both the 10 and under 75 and 70-pound weight classes. Austin Parish finished third in the 8 and under 75-pound weight class.

Black Watch is part of the USA's Youth Wrestling program, which includes more than 4,000 youth wrestlers under the age of 14 in the state.

There were four tournaments this past weekend including the Roswell Hornet Folkstyle Classic, the Central Gwinnet Black Knight Open, the East Paulding - Little Crossbones Classic and the Sandy Creek Patriot Classic.

Youth wrestlers compete in five age classes. In most cases the weight classes are separated by five pounds, which allows for the wrestlers to compete against those his or her age and size.

For additional information regarding Black Watch Wrestling, contact Gabe Gamadanis at (404) 945-8886 or send e-mail to