Wrestlers from Jones County, Perry and Veterans are still in the hunt for individual state titles as they finished the first day of GHSA traditional wrestling tournament competition at the Macon Coliseum.
Jones County’s Torrez Finney won two matches Thursday in the Class AAAAA 195-pound bracket, defeating Alexander’s Justin Beske 14-3 and Statesboro’s D’Angelo Howsey 11-8. He will take on Richmond Hill’s Alex Hill in Friday’s semifinals.
Perry’s Derekston Williams advanced to the semifinals of the 152-pound class of the Class AAAA tournament with an 8-7 win over West Laurens’ Cameron Butler and a 2:00 pinfall victory over Fayette County’s Kershon Manciel. He will face Marist’s Layton Self on Friday.
At 160 pounds in Class AAAA, Veterans’ Michael Wilkins defeated Stephens County’s Blake Peeples 5-1 and Cook’s Artero Perez 6-4. He faces West Laurens’ Jarett Henry in the semifinals.
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Wrestlers who won first-round matches but lost in the second round include Jones County’s Daniel Curry (182) in Class AAAAA, Howard’s JaQwun Stinson (195) and Greg Pertillo (285) in Class AAAA, and Rutland’s Chase Boutwell (132), Rutland’s Brycen Taylor (182), Westside’s Devante Smith (182) and Southwest’s Dalvin Andrews (195) in Class AAA.
Class AA and Class A competition is set to begin Friday. The championship round will take place Saturday.