Rockdale wins South Metro

MCDONOUGH -- Through the season's first month, it's been hard slowing down the Rockdale wrestling team.

The Bulldogs had eight placers, including two individual champions, in winning the South Metro Tournament this past weekend at Union Grove High School.

Rockdale, which is unbeaten in duals, added the second South Metro title to the program's growing trophy case, thanks to Alonzo Allen and Ulises Ponce, two defending state runners-up who Saturday won individual championships at 106 and 132 pounds, respectively. Allen pinned his way through the tournament to lead the Bulldogs to their first South Metro title since 1990.

"It's exciting for our program, our school, to go into the South Metro and win it, total team effort, the guys wrestled really tough this weekend," Rockdale coach Craig Hargrove said. "(Allen and Ponce have) definitely carried it right into this year. Alonzo is wrestling as tough as I've ever seen him ... Ponce, he's wrestling in every position, on is feet, down on the mat, and that's what you want to see, that in every position he's able to score."

Also placing for Rockdale were Anthony Banks (2nd at 160), state placer Jose Robledo (4th, 145), Adam Walden (5th, 138), Luis Galindo (5th, 170), Paco Robledo (5th, 195) and Cliff Casurra (6th, 126).

Eastside finished fifth, led by 220-pound champion Alex Davis and defending state champion Tyler Bailey's second-place finish at 120 pounds. Davis and Bailey were joined on the podium by Kevin Thompson, a runner-up at 145, Tyler Campbell (3rd, 152) and Misha Felton (4th, 126).

Heritage had five placers, including 113-pound titleist Joel Maldonado and runners-up Jacob Lambo (182) and state placer Boyce Cornwell (195). Also placing for the Patriots were Marco Harris, who was fourth at 106, and fifth-place Mitch Clemens (160).

Alcovy's four placers included Kenneth Queh and Justin Howell, fifth-place finishers at 126 and 152 pounds, respectively, and sixth-place finishers Zamire Saunders (113) and Kamari Williams (170).