Rockdale sends 8 to wrestling sectionals

A number of local wrestlers qualified for the Class AAAA East Sectional during last weekend's Area 8-AAAA individual tournament at Habersham Central High School.

Rockdale got eight wrestlers through to sectionals, which will be held Feb. 10-11 at Loganville High School, led by 106-pound champion Alonzo Allen.

"He's had a great season thus far; just want to keep on the way he's been wrestling," Rockdale coach Craig Hargrove said of Allen, who helped lead the Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish. "He's looked great all season. The main thing is just keep him focused, keep attacking. He should have a good sectional and state tournament."

Allen picked up a 16-8 major decision against Heritage's Marco Harris in the title bout, and that led to a host of Bulldogs joining Allen with a top-four finish. Jose Robledo lost a 5-4 decision to Habersham's Coleman Cunningham in the 145-pound final and Luis Galindo fell 6-3 to Clarke Central's Chuck Straughter in the 170-pound championship. Rockdale also had Ulises Ponce finish third at 132, and four fourth-place finishes, including Ronzell Teague (120), Adam Walden (138), Steve Lopez (182) and Moises Mendez (220).

"I'm happy with getting eight through," Hargrove said.

Harris will be joined at Loganville by three other Patriots, including 195-pound area champion Boyce Cornwell, who pinned Clarke's Blake Mustard in 3:35 in the title bout. Joel Maldonado fell 9-5 to Clarke's Andrew Giegerich in the 113-pound championship, while Jacob Lambo placed third at 182 pounds.

Salem's lone representative at sectionals will be Reggie Hurt, who placed third at 113 pounds. Heritage finished sixth, while the Seminoles placed 10th.