There will be plenty of local wrestlers representing Rockdale and Newton counties in this weekend’s Traditional State wrestling tournament.
Led by individual champions Alonzo Allen of Rockdale and Newton’s Alfred Palomino, 13 wrestlers made it out of the Class AAAAAA East Sectional last weekend at Lowndes High School. Allen, a defending state champion and three-time state finalist, won the 113-pound weight class with a pin, one major decision and a pair of tight decisions, 6-5 over Chattahoochee’s Jordan Pitt in the semi finals, and 2-1 over Denton Spencer of Camden County in the title match.
Palomino had one of the most dominating performances on any wrestler at the sectional, capturing the 220-pound crown with three pins and a 12-0 major decision. He pinned Camden County’s Domonique Hargrave in the final.
Rockdale will send five others to Arena at Gwinnett Center for the Class AAAAAA state tournament as heavyweight Michael Mason lost in the semi finals, but bounced back with two victories in the wrestlebacks to finish third in the state’s largest weight class; Clifton Casurra was fifth at 138; Luis Galindo was fifth at 182 pounds; Sean Mer placed seventh at 160 pounds and Ronzell Teague was eighth at 145 pounds.
Alcovy 195-pounder Kamari Williams was pinned in the early rounds by Chattahoochee’s Sean Hoffman, but fought back to win four matches, two of which were by pin, and won a forfeit over Austin Ogburn of Lowndes in third-place match. Also headed to Gwinnett for the Tigers will be Parafait Fondseyuf, who was seventh at 170, and Darryl Nichols (eighth at 106). Austin Richardson will be a state alternate as he defeated Newton’s James Paul in the ninth-place match of the 152-pound weight class.
Three of Palomino’s teammates will join him at the state tournament as Eduardo Jarquin defeated Nichols with a 4-2, overtime decision in the 106-pound seventh-place dual, Anthony Bradley, who was pinned by Fondseyuf in the seventh-place match at 170, and Shaidren Carter, who finished eighth at 182.
At the Class AAAA East Sectional, Eastside had a pair of individual champions in Levi Leach and Mitchell Troutman. Leach wrapped up the 120-pound weight class title with a 20-4 of Woodland-Henry County’s Gabriel Gray in the final. Troutman secured a pin with one second left in the third period of his finals match with Kameron Jackson of West Laurens to win the 182-pound crown. It was the third pin in four matches for Troutman at the sectional. Also headed to Gwinnett will be Misha Felton, a state placer a year ago, who finished fourth at 126 pounds and Rod Boley, who placed fourth at 106 pounds. Matt Malcom will be a Class AAAA state alternate after finishing ninth at 132 pounds.
In the Class AAAAA East Sectional at Cambridge High School, Heritage got three wrestlers through to the Class AAAAA state tournament, led by Donnell Smith, who was the 132-pound runner-up. Also qualifying for the Patriots were Lifahn Adams, who was third at 106 pounds, and 113-pound fourth-place finisher David Harris. Dylen Frontin will be a state alternate as he finished ninth at 138 pounds.