The GHSA 2014-15 Team Dual Wrestling Championship gets underway Thursday at the Macon Centreplex.
Perry is the only local program to qualify, and it will match up with Carrollton in the opening round of the Class AAAA bracket. The winner will face the winner of St. Pius X and West Laurens in the second round.
The Panthers are a senior laden team and led by All-American Derekston Williams.
The competition continues through Saturday.
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NORTHSIDE TAKES ROAD VICTORY OVER WARNER ROBINS
The Northside Eagles took an early advantage in the GHSA Region 2-AAAAA playoff race with a huge 59-58 road victory over the rival Warner Robins Demons on Saturday.
The victory moves Northside to a perfect 3-0 in region play while Warner Robins fell to 1-1. The Demons advanced to the GHSA Class-AAAAA championship game a season ago.
Both teams return to region action Friday when the Eagles visit Houston County and the Demons travel to Gray to face Jones County.
The rematch is scheduled for Jan. 24 at Northside.
PERRY GAINS THREE MORE WINS
Perry continued its red hot start to the season with three more victories last week to move to 11-2 on the season.
The Panthers have taken a big two-game lead in the loss in column in the extremely competitive GHSA Region 2-AAAA after wins over Howard and Baldwin. Perry is a perfect 6-0 in region play and being chased by Mary Persons, West Laurens and Upson-Lee, who are all tied for second at 3-2. Veterans currently sits in fourth at 2-3, but the team is getting healthier and has been playing well of late.
Senior K.J. Smith leads the Panthers in scoring at 15.9 points-per-contest. Junior Damion Bagley contributes 11.8 points-per-game.
VETERANS HIGH EXTENDS WINNING STREAK
Head coach Nicole Miranda’s Veterans Warhawks pushed their winning streak to 16 straight to open the season with a 58-29 win over Howard and a 61-33 victory over Houston County last week.
Veterans never allowed either opponent into the game as the team jumped out to an 18-4 advantage over Howard and a 19-5 lead over Houston County through the opening quarter of each contest.
The Region 2-AAAA championship looks to be a two- team race between the Warhawks and fellow unbeaten Mary Persons. The two programs will meet twice this season, including the regular season finale on Feb. 6 at Veterans.