GHSA State Team Dual Wrestling Championships Under Way

GHSA State Team Dual Wrestling Championships Under Way

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The best 72 high school wrestling teams in Georgia are back in Macon again for this year's dual team championship.

They'll spend around three days here until one champion is left standing in each classification.

The weekend starts with weigh-in.  This is where discipline really comes in.

"We measure them all the way down to the tenth of a pound," says Johnny O. Stallings, a referee for the competition.  "It is crucial, because the competition is based on quality, so everybody weighs the same thing."

After they step off the scales, the wrestlers are free to go.  The Warner Robins Demons sat in the stands Thursday just watching, waiting for their chance to take the mat.

"First of all, I was a little nervous, but I got over it," says Quathon Lawson, a senior at Warner Robins.  "Now, I'm just waiting to go get my shot."

In just a few weeks, another state wrestling tournament will be held. That one will be for individuals.  The one this weekend focuses on the team aspect of wrestling.

"The benches really get into it," says Perry coach Randy Moss.  "And versus the individual tournament, where each kid moves on, it's a little different--little different scoring. I really enjoy the dual atmosphere better than the individual.  This is a big weekend for us."

It's a chance to compete on a state-wide stage to prove they've got what it takes to be champions.

"Hopefully, our team will step up and we'll try to do a little something here and see what happens, you know?" asks Warner Robins coach David Hodges, with a smile.

The tournament continues all day Friday and Saturday.

Middle Georgia teams in it are East Laurens in 2A, Perry and West Laurens in 4A, and Jones County and Warner Robins in 5A.

If you want to catch some of the action, it's just $10 at the door Friday and Saturday.

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