Bulldogs still perfect on the mats

The Rockdale wrestling team keeps on winning. Thanks to eight individuals who each went 4-0, the Bulldogs won the Crossbone Duals at East Paulding High School last weekend, improving to 13-0 in duals on the young season.

Rockdale, trying to eclipse its fourth-place finish in Class AAAA a year ago, started the dual tournament with wins over Paulding County, 47-28 and Hiram, 78-0 in pool play, then defeated Allatoona, 58-12 and the host Raiders, 68-12 to clinch the win in the nine-team tournament.

"I'm really impressed the way our guys are wrestling this early in the season," said Rockdale coach Craig Hargrove. "Definitely there's stuff we need to improve upon, (but) I can't be upset with 13-0 right now. Just excited."

Completing perfect days for Rockdale were Alonzo Allen (106 pounds), Cliff Casurra (126), Ulises Ponce (132), Jose Robledo (145), Anthony Banks (160), Luis Galindo (170), Steven Lopez (182) and Francisco Robledo (195).

Before the win Saturday, Rockdale knocked off Fayette County (45-24) and Banneker (63-17), and will head to Union Grove High School this weekend for South Metro, the first individual tournament of the season.

"Big weekend ahead of us with South Metro," Hargrove said.

Rockdale wins swim meet

Rockdale also had a big Saturday in the pool, winning a six-team meet at Johnson Park. The Bulldogs won the boy's event, finishing 14 points ahead of second-place Clarke Central, and finished second in the girl's event. Four different Bulldogs swimmers won individual events-Amir Munajj (2:22.58 in the 200-individual medley), Kimaya Tucker (28.06 in 50-freestyle), Niara McDonald (1:05.58 in 100-freestyle) and Kellie Fair (1:12.60 in 100 backstroke)-while the 200-medley relay and 200-freestyle relay teams also finished first with times of 2:11.85 and 1:55.61, respectively.

"There was so much improvement tonight it was amazing," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said afterwards. "Almost 100 percent of our swimmers dropped their times tonight from our first meet two weeks ago."

Heritage was second overall, capturing the girl's meet by seven points while the boys finished third. The top individual finisher for the Patriots was Betsy Potter, who won the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:17.39. Eastside finished fourth, thanks to a strong boys team, led by Joey Ellwanger (first in 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle), Jack Mitchell (first in 50-freestyle and 100-backstroke) and Robbie Ellwanger (first in 100-breaststroke), and a first-place 200-medley relay team. Salem, led by a pair of second-place finishers (Michael Hurley in the 50-freestyle and 100-butterfly, and Taylor Beauchamp in the 100-breaststroke) finished fifth.