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Alcovy, Eastside on collision course at duals

ATHENS - Alcovy will take on Eastside today in the quarterfinals of the Area 8-AAAA duals after the Tigers earned an emotional win over Loganville on Friday at Clarke Central.

Alcovy beat Loganville 39-28, and Eastside beat Rockdale 43-18, setting the stage for today's matchup.

Alcovy had a 6-8 point lead for much of the match before Loganville closed the gap to five points, 33-28, heading into the final bout.

The Red Devils almost came from behind to get the win and advance to the quarterfinals when Steven Williams (152-pound weight class) was on his back with the referee looking like he was going to slap the mat.

But somehow Williams managed to kick out of the pinning combination and turn the tables, taking the spirit out of the Loganville faithful.

Instead of being pinned, Williams got the pin to secure the victory.

"It came down to that last match," Alcovy head coach Mike Mostek said. "We were up and that last match could've gone either way. We were on our back, and the next thing you know, ended up getting that guy on his back and getting an emotional win. It was a big win for our school."

Although Alcovy got the big win, it came at a high cost.

"Our 171-pounder (Trey Twiford) was injured. We can't keep losing guys," Mostek said. "From here on out, it's going to be tough on our line-up."

Winning against Loganville were Jan Seymour (103), Zack Barton (125), Adam Pollard (130), Travis Knight (135), Malachi Outlaw (160), T.C. Jackson (215) and David Jones (285).

Alcovy got to the second round with a 78-6 win over Cedar Shoals.

In the Eastside-Rockdale match, Rockdale took a 6-0 lead with wins by Kafuba Donzon (160) and Jimmy Brown (171).

The momentum quickly shifted to Eastside with a pin by Ardest Carter at 189.

After Michael Taylor (215) gave Rockdale a 9-6 lead, Karl Williams (285) got things moving in Eastside's favor as the Eagles won the next three matches to take a 24-9 lead.

"We started out flat," Eastside head coach Brandon Blakeman said. "But what kept us right in there was that we didn't get pinned. With that pin at 189 we were tied right up. We only gave up one pin that match, that was one of the big differences. We had five pins to their one. Those points add up a lot."

Luis Ponce (125) broke the streak, but Eastside continued to overpower Rockdale.

Needing three pins and one win, Rockdale's chances were stopped by Trevor Bailey's 11-3 win at 135.

Rockdale, which beat Habersham Central 40-29 in the first round, will face Madison County in the consolation bracket.

In second round action, Heritage lost to Jackson County 39-32 but won in the first round by beating Winder-Barrow 66-12.

Salem could not get past Clarke Central in the first round, losing to the Gladiators 47-33.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.