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Jefferson wins 14th straight traditional wrestling title

Commerce claims Class A crown

POSTED: February 22, 2014 11:25 p.m.

Jefferson’s wrestling team claimed its 14th straight traditional team wrestling championship on Saturday night, while Commerce claimed its first-ever traditional championship.

The Dragons won their sixth straight traditional championship in Class AA after racking up 193 team points to beat Bremen (156) and Social Circle (134). Commerce claimed its championship after dominating the Class A competition.

With all 13 wrestlers competing for Commerce, the Tigers earned 222.5 points, topping second-place Gordon Lee by 91 points.

Jefferson finished with six wrestlers claiming state championships, led by two-time champion Tyler Marinelli’s win in the 138-pound weight class.

Price Joiner started the Dragons’ night with a title win in the 113-pound class, while Chase Piperato (126), Jack Dollar (145), Caleb Little (160) and  Michael Paulozzi (220) all claimed state championships.

Jefferson’s Tanner Thurmond finished second in the 132-pound class, while Zach Boobas finished runner-up in the 152.

Out of its 13 wrestlers competing Saturday, Commerce sent seven into championship matches, with five winning.

Dalton Flint claimed first in the 106-pound weight class, while Austin Brock won in the 120-pound class. Trent Reddish (160), Greyson Cochran (170) and Chance McClure (220) also placed first for the Tigers.

Commerce’s Mitchell Patton finished second in the 113-pound weight class, while Jack Tate finished second in the 145-pound class and Morgan Flint in the 195-pound class.

HABERSHAM CENTRAL’S  BURBEE WINS IN 106: Raiders’ wrestler Andrew Burbee, the No. 15 seed in the 106 weight class, pulled one of the state’s biggest upsets Saturday, when he won the Class AAAAAA state championship.

Burbee defeated Lambert’s Matthew Sheetz, the top seed in the weight class, 3-1 in the championship match on Saturday at Chattahoochee High in Fulton County.

Burbee defeated third-place finisher Vinny Artigues, of Archer High, in the state semifinals, winning by a technical fall.



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