SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Heritage may have lost the war but won the battles to lead the 12-team tournament with four first-place finishes. The Patriots finished fifth overall with 114.5 points with Newton, who did not win any weight classes, taking fourth place with 121 points in the Redskin Rumble on Saturday.
Alcovy, which had a win with at 126-pound weight class with Kenneth Queh getting a technical pin with a 15-0 win over Social Circle's Ryan Davis, took eight place overall with 81.5 points followed by Salem with 38 points.
"I didn't expect to finish that high, it's a pleasant surprise. There are a lot of good teams and the fact that we could finish fourth speaks a lot about how much our kids have progressed this year," said Newton head coach Paul Nelson.
"I told the kids that if we have four kids place I'd reward them something on Monday, we ended up with (seven) kids placing."
Winning for Heritage were Marco Harris (106), Joel Maldonada (113), Julian George (138) and Boyce Cornwell (195). Coming in fourth were Jerimiah Harding (126) and Joseph Timmons (132).
Newton's seven placers included two runner-up, three third place and two fourth place finishers.
Coming in second place for the Rams were Jose Rivera (145) and AJ Palomino (195).
Winning the consolation bracket for Newton were Edwardo Jarquin (106), Zach Jenkins (152) and Jeremy Fuller (170) with Kameron Wallace (120) and Shaidren Carter (182) taking fourth.
Placing for Alcovy with a pair of third place finishes were Chris Deboise (132) and Cole Patterson (160).
Getting medals for Salem with second and fourth place finish were Reggie Hurt (113) and Kentrell Lodge (160).
Social Circle won its own tournament with 171.5 points followed by Morgan County (150) and Monticello (143).
Even though Newton did not have any wins, Nelson was still proud of his grapplers and the tournament in general.
"I like this tournament because it's a good spring board into post-season competition," said Nelson. "Hopefully, this will give the kids a little confidence for the next round and hopefully that will carry them through sectionals and state."