Eagles, Rams tune up for state duals

COVINGTON - The Newton and Eastside wrestling teams fine-tuned their squads Tuesday in preparation for this weekend's state duals.

Eastside was one point shy of a perfect score, beating Salem 83-0 before beating East Jackson 58-15.

The Rams split their matches getting a 46-22 win over Heritage while losing a close 34-28 match to Flowery Branch.

Eastside had nine pins, four forfeit wins and a 15-0 technical pin by Michael Green (130-pound weight class) in the final bout against Salem.

Getting pins for the Eagles were Dalton Bragg (135), Andrew Green (145), Jake Malcom (152), Jon Palmer (160), Tommy Williams (189), Lincoln Temple (215), Phillip King (285), Brandon Gatt (103) and Danny Gatt (119).

East Jackson started its match against Eastside with a pin before Malcom and Palmer put Eastside ahead 12-6.

After closing the gap with a 9-4 win to make it 12-9, Eastside won the next seven matches, including falls by King, Danny Gatt Lincoln Temple and Cody Durden (112), to take a 48-9 advantage.

After losing at 130 using a JV wrestler, Eastside took the final two matches to sweep the three-way match 58-15.

In the Newton-Heritage match, the Rams won nine of the 14 bouts in their win.

Winning by pin for Heritage were Aaron Reynolds (130), Brandon Lawson (171), Hosea Hines (189), Allen Ammancio (215) and Michael Morgan (285).

Joe Domizio (145) had a major decision win while Ryan Mitchell (119), Corey Ware (125) and Carl Collins (130) all had decision wins.

Newton had a chance to complete the sweep but lost several close matches against the Falcons.

"We lost several close matches that could have gone either way against Flowery Branch," Newton coach Wes Cooper said. "We were tied going to the last match but we got caught in a headlock."

Providing Newton with its 28 points were Ware, Reynolds, Lawson, Hines, Ammancio and Morgan.

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