Allen wins second state wrestling crown

Alonzo Allen did it again. The Rockdale wrestler won his second consecutive Class AAAAAA state wrestling championship Saturday, defeating Jordan Pitt in an 11-4 decision in the 113-pound final in Pitt’s home gym at Chattahoochee High School. Allen, wrestling for the last time in a high school singlet, was in the finals for the fourth time in as many seasons and finished an outstanding prep career with two titles and two second-place finishes.

To get to the final, Allen won a 17-2 technical fall over Meadowcreek’s Malik Sanders in the first round, majored Archer’s Gio Fernandez 16-4 in the quarterfinals and then won a 13-5 major decision over Asian Kilic of Wheeler in Saturday’s semifinals.

Allen, who finished his senior season 48-1, was remarkably close to being a four-time state champion. As a freshman he lost 4-3 to Griffin Higginbotham of Union Grove in the 103-pound finals in Class AAAA, then as a sophomore, lost another one-point decision, this time to Woodland’s Chad Hawkins in the AAAA 106-pound title match. In his first season in the state’s highest classification in 2013, Allen won his first state crown, defeating Roswell’s Brennan Ninesling 6-2 in the 106-pound final.

Newton’s Alfred Palomino was close to joining Allen atop the podium, but the Newton 220-pounder lost a 3-2 decision to McEachern’s Christian Wade in the finals.