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Local schools fall short in Area 7-AAAA dual wrestling tournament
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White County's Nick Vetrano has a grip on Chestatee's Matthew McClellan during the area 7-AAAA wrestling meet Tuesday at Chestatee High School. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Marist took the top spot in Tuesday’s Area 7-AAAA dual wrestling tournament at Chestatee High.

Marist, along with second-place finisher Blessed Trinity, advanced to the dual wrestling state championships beginning Thursday at the Macon Centreplex. Chestatee, White County and West Hall — which finished third through fifth, respectively — did not qualify for the state tournament.

Blessed Trinity clinched second place by defeating the War Eagles 48-24 in the final match of the evening. The Titans finished the match with back-to-back pins.

“We came out strong then just got beat,” Chestatee coach Kyle Barr said. “That’s one of the things — you can’t go to your back and get pinned.”

The War Eagles fell to Marist 43-34 before defeating West Hall 48-36. Chestatee and White County staged an incredibly close battle for third place, with the War Eagles coming out on top 40-39.

The Warriors reached that point by knocking off the Spartans then losing against Blessed Trinity.

The tournament was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to last weekend’s winter weather.

While Marist and Blessed Trinity head off to the state championships, Chestatee, White County and West Hall turn their focus to the traditional — or individual — season. The five area foes will meet again for the 7-AAAA traditional tournament Jan. 28 at Marist.

Qualifiers at that event will advance to the traditional wrestling state championships on Feb. 9-11 at Infinite Energy Arena in Gwinnett.

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