Torrez Finney might be undersized on the football field at his position of defensive tackle, but he fit right in on the wrestling mat at the 195-pound GHSA Class AAAAA championship.
The junior defeated Aaron Galegor of Camden 10-8 in overtime Saturday at the Macon Coliseum, capturing Jones County’s first individual title since 2002.
“What a match,” Finney said, out of breath from excitement. “He beat me last week at sectionals by one point. It was a good match between me and him; he’s a good wrestler. But state champion; I’m glad. I’m so glad.”
Finney had his hands full with Galegor, as the two were tied at 8 after three periods. But Finney only needed 15 seconds into the one-minute overtime period to quickly take down his opponent and seize the championship.
Once his arm was raised, Finney jumped around and found his family and friends in the stands. He was so beside himself he even jumped onto his coach.
“I love Coach (Jay) Crook,” Finney said. “Coach Crook has been coaching me since seventh grade. I love that guy.”
“He was a little bitty guy back then, weighed about 120 pounds,” Crook said while being tightly hugged by his champion. “I’ve got a lot of them that are good like him, so I’m proud of him. He’s worked really, really hard for a long time.”
West Laurens’ Jarett Henry and Toombs County’s Jamar Smith also claimed state titles Saturday. Wrestling in Class AAAA’s 160-pound class, Henry claimed a 5-3 overtime victory over Locust Grove’s Brandon Benson. Smith, who was wrestling in Class AAA’s 220-pound class, pinned McNair’s Derek Clayton in 1:58.
Perry’s Derekston Williams lost his Class AAAA title match at 152 pounds, falling 3-2 to Gilmer’s Jaime Lopez.
Also finishing as runner-ups were Treutlen’s Jaterrias Dudley (Class A, 138 pounds), Montgomery County’s Brandon Carswell (Class A, 285), Fitzgerald’s Ethan McKie (Class AA, 106), Toombs County’s Bryson Smith (Class AAA, 195), West Laurens’ Ben Deal (Class AAAA, 126) and West Laurens’ Kameron Jackson (Class AAAA, 195).
Consolation final winners in Class AAAA included a pair of Howard wrestlers, JaQwun Stinson (195) and Greg Pertillo (285), as well as West Laurens’ Blake Beasley (113). Treutlen’s Payton Brooks (106), Tyson Brooks (113), Cody Love (182) and Cody Calhoun (195) claimed consolation final victories in Class A.
As a team, West Laurens finished third in Class AAAA, while Treutlen took third in Class A. The traditional meet team champions were Archer (Class AAAAAA), Camden County (Class AAAAA), Gilmer (Class AAAA), Jefferson (Class AAA), Social Circle (Class AA) and Commerce (Class A).