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Eastside ranked No. 1 in wrestling

COVINGTON - Eastside's wrestling program claimed the No. 1 spot this in the GaSports.com Class AAAA poll.

The Eagles started the preseason at No. 3 before becoming the top team in the state after the first week of voting.

"Since it is a coaches poll, I appreciate the fact that other AAAA coaches hold us in such high regard," Eastside wrestling coach Brandon Blakeman said. "At the same time, it just means that now we have the largest target on our backs, not Stockbridge."

The Eagles improved their record to 15-0 last week, which included a 39-35 win over preseason No. 1 Stockbridge. They will be on the mats again on Friday and Saturday when they participate in the South Metro Tournament.

Stockbridge dropped to second, followed by Whitewater, Tucker, Northwest Whitfield, Ringgold, Cherokee, Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe, Southwest DeKalb and Dacula.

Alcovy wrestlers improve to 10-0

DALLAS - Alcovy's wrestling team continues to do the job without being in the spotlight as it improved its record to 10-0 with wins over Paulding County and Creekside on Tuesday.

The Tigers beat host Paulding County 53-24 and defeated Creekside 58-18 in the tri-match.

Jon Seymore (103-pound weight class), Seth Parris (130), Steven Williams (152), Trey Twiford (171), Will Ledford (215) and David Jones (285) won both of their matches by pin.

Also going 2-0 were Travis Knight (135), Corey Reid (140) and Malachi Outlaw (160).

Alcovy will wrestle again Saturday at the Baldwin Brawl.

Newton loses two matches Tuesday

FAYETTEVILLE - The Newton wrestling team continues to struggle as it dropped matches to Fayette County and Miller Grove on Tuesday.

The Rams (1-9) lost to Fayette County 49-25 before losing their second match of the night 41-37 to Miller Grove.

Joey Joseph (140-pound weight class), Daniel Mendoza (135) and Andrews Terrell (152) were all victorious on the mat in both matches for the Rams.

Newton will participate in the South Metro Tournament on Friday and Saturday.