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North Hall wrestling team earns first-ever trip to state duals championship match
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North Hall varsity wrestling team members Matthew Glenn, right, and John Pedrazza practice in Gainesville, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. - photo by David Barnes

The North Hall High wrestling program made history after picking up two wins in the Class 3A state duals Friday in Macon, earning its first-ever spot in the state championship match.

The Trojans topped Sonoraville, 47-26, in the semifinals, after dominating Pierce County, 60-3, in the opener at the Macon Centreplex. With the wins, North Hall will face Bremen at 4 p.m. Saturday for the state title. 

“This is the best feeling in the world,” said North Hall’s Bryson Smith, who won twice at 132 pounds. 

Bremen is the defending Class 3A champion. The Blue Devils earned Class A championships each year from 2009-2011.

North Hall advanced to state after winning the Area 4-3A title on Jan. 6 in Jefferson. 

“This is great,” North Hall coach David Nichols said. “They came out and did what they were supposed to do today.”

Bremen beat Jackson County, 34-29, in the semifinal round, after defeating Crisp County, 55-10, in the opening match. 

In Class 5A, Buford advanced to the championship in the 16-team bracket. The Wolves will face Ola for the state championship at 4 p.m. in Macon. 

In the semifinals, the Wolves topped Locust Grove, 57-11. The Wolves beat Carrollton in the quarterfinals, 62-18, and topped Miller Grove, 77-6, in the first match of the weekend. 

Buford won the Class 4A state title in 2017, and also won a Class 3A championship in 2014.

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