GHSA state wrestling, basketball tournaments postponed

jheeter@macon.comFebruary 12, 2014 

The winter storm that has gripped the northern half of the state continues to wreak havoc on high school sports.

The GHSA state traditional wrestling tournament has been postponed for a week, while the GHSA also pushed back the start of the state basketball tournament for the second time.

GHSA officials extended the deadline for the completion of region tournament to Wednesday, Feb. 19. The first deadline was Saturday, but officials moved it to Monday because of the impending storm. Faced with the prospect of some schools having to play multiple games on Saturday and/or Monday, the GHSA extended the deadline to Wednesday.

Several regions, including those in Middle Georgia, were prepared to have morning and evening sessions on Saturday to finish the tournament on time. Some regions north of Middle Georgia were cutting lower seeds completely out of the tournament in order to finish on time, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

‘’We just want to ease people’s minds so that they can relax, and even if they can’t get anything done until Friday or even Saturday, they don’t have to double up games,’’ GHSA associate director Ernie Yarbrough told the AJC. ‘’’We want teams to play their region tournaments as originally bracketed.’’

The GHSA hasn’t decided on the start of the state tournament yet, but Friday, Feb. 21 is a logical start with the first round taking place Feb. 21-22.

The GHSA has secured neutral sites – including Fort Valley State – for the semifinals. All 14 championship games are scheduled be played at the Macon Coliseum from March 6-8. Due to the availability of those facilities, the GHSA doesn’t have much wiggle room with the final two rounds. But it can alter dates leading up to the semifinals.

The GHSA had pushed the wrestling tournament start back a day to Friday, but the potential icy conditions and power outages across the state presented challenges to conducting the tournament at all this weekend.

The tournament is now scheduled to be held one week later, but tournament venue the Arena at Gwinnett Center is booked for Gwinnett Gladiators hockey the next weekend. The GHSA hasn’t decided on alternative site(s) yet.

The Macon Coliseum hosted the state dual tournament in January and has hosted the state traditional tournament in the past.

Region basketball tournaments continue to be affected by the weather.

The only region tournament scheduled to take place Thursday is the Region 2-AAAA at Rutland. The tournament was still on as of early Wednesday evening. Westside and Rutland meet in the first two games – girls at 4 p.m. and boys at 5:30. The Veterans girls play Mary Persons at 7 p.m., and the Veterans boys follow against Perry.

Most of the other Middle Georgia regions are scheduled to resume play on Saturday.

Here are the Middle Georgia wrestlers who have qualified for the state tournament:

Class AAAAA

Houston County

220: Ryan Adams

Jones County

120: Tim Randolph

170: Torrez Finney

Warner Robins

152: Greg Gilbert

195: Tyler Cranford

Class AAAA

Baldwin

113: Markeith Driskell, Soph., 22-9

Crisp County

126: Adarius Pruitt, Jr., 36-7

170: Alexander Pollock, Sr., 50-8

182: Gregory Harvey, Jr., 25-10

220: Kaaun Daniel, Jr., 30-6

Howard

170: Keiondre Wedderburn, Sr.

195: JaQuan Stinson, Soph.

Perry

106: Billy Gordy, Jr., 31-11

126: Arkenzio Mitchell, Soph., 18-18

132: Kalob Willis, Jr., 30-6

138: Deredstophn Williams, Jr., 35-2

Rutland

106: Michael Rucks, Soph., 21-9

126: Peyton Johnson, Soph., 20-3

145: Warren Cain, Sr., 24-3

182: Brycen Taylor

Upson-Lee

120: Kolby Schadenberg, Soph.

145: Michael Kirschmann, Jr.

152: Keyontae Robinson

170: Bo Cummings

195: Jacob Gross

220: Jeff Bloodworth

Veterans

106: Michael Mort, Fr., 32-9

113: Dorian Bates, Soph., 28-6

120: Eli Lines, Sr., 27-11

126: Grant Lensch, Sr., 42-6

195: Marquise Franklin

West Laurens

113: Mark Johnson, Sr., 46-4

132: Christian Seifert, Sr., 42-7

138: Jackson Cochran, Jr., 40-9

145: Cameron Butler, Fr., 29-7

152: Hunter Beasley

160: Jarett Henry

170: T.J. Kight

182: Kameron Jackson

220: Darion Josey

285: Jamal Green

Class AA

Dublin

120: D’Angelo Darrisaw, Sr., 47-2

East Laurens

145: John McCain, Jr., 46-2

285: Dexter Smith, Sr., 27-5

Fitzgerald

126: Daniel Rodriguez, 33-8

170: Markarius Lundy, Soph., 30-15

Jeff Davis

106: Austin Herndon, 26-11

126: Damon Upton, 37-8

132: Hunter Phillips, 36-8

Monticello

106: Harley Alter, Soph., 50-7

120: Camryn Gentry, Fr., 30-16

126: Emery Cline, Sr., 51-5

195: Tyler Seawright

220: Nathan Anglin

Northeast

182: Eddy Gibson, Sr., 22-5

Toombs County

106: J.J. Arrendondo, 42-11

152: Solomon McLeod, Sr., 54-2

182: Erion Gaffney, Sr., 51-3

195: J.D. Rogers, Sr., 45-4

220: Jamar Smith, Jr., 55-2

285: Eric Hester, Sr., 44-7

Vidalia

145: Tyler Campbell, Jr.

182: Devin Johnson, Jr.

195: Daniel Copeland, Sr.

285: Shakeem Lassiter, Sr.

Class A

FPD

120: Liam Bassett

220: Martin Wilson, Sr.

GMC

285: Coleman Jones

Montgomery County

113: Gamal Lawton

285: Brandon Carswell

Telfair County

220: Tyrese Ellis

Treutlen

106: Tyson Brooks

138: Tyler Heath

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