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February 18, 2014

Area to be well represented at state mat battle

TIFTON — The highways will be filled this weekend with plenty of school busses as the state wrestling competition gets underway at a handful of sites. For the smaller schools in the area, the drivers will be split between Commerce High (Class A) and Toombs County High (AA).

The tournaments were originally to be at Gwinnett Arena, but the ice storm caused the Georgia High School Association to delay the beginning for a week. With the arena's booking schedule full, the GHSA announced late last week that it had picked six replacements.

Turner County's Rebels will be the best represented at state, having six wrestlers who qualified. Antonio Dawson is going at 126 pounds, Tanner Crawford at 132, Wes Poke (145), J.J. Alfau (152), Malik Holley (160) and Alton Lawson (285).

The other Class A school with athletes at state, Irwin County, is sending four. Two face potential matches with Turner as they are in the same weight class — Morgan Mitchell (126) and Evan Paulk (145). Nathan Tucker (195) and Micah Powers (220) are the other two competitors.

In Class AA, Fitzgerald, Cook and Berrien will all have wrestlers in Lyons. The first two are sending two wrestlers.

Berrien only has a single qualifier, but Hunter Kelley, who competes at 126, is defending state champion.

Cook's duo are Artero Perez (152) and Raheem Coxfield (170). Daniel Rodriguez (126) and Markarius Lundy (170) will be Fitzgerald's attendees.

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