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High school wrestling: Chestatee girls program has state championship taken away by GHSA

On Tuesday, the Hall County Schools district announced that Chestatee’s girls wrestling state championship for the 2023 season has been taken away by the Georgia High Schools Association.

The announcement was made in a press release by Hall County athletics director Stan Lewis.

The state’s primary sanctioning body for high school athletics made its decision after the Lady War Eagles self-reported April 12 that an athlete who competed during the second half of the season did not carry enough credit hours, per GHSA rules.

The school appealed the original decision to have its girls wrestling state title taken away, but lost on the final decision.

As a result, Chestatee must return all state championship trophies to the GHSA, along with forfeit any matches in which the ineligible athlete competed.

The ineligible athlete also had to forfeit all victories.

In addition, the program faces a $500 fine for violations, per GHSA bylaws.

For the next year, Chestatee’s program will be on ‘severe warning status.’

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