Allen to wrestle in NHSCA semis tonight

After winning his second consecutive Georgia state championship last month, Alonzo Allen is now just two wins away from becoming a national champion. The Rockdale wrestler reached the semifinals of the 113-pound weight class of the NHSCA Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach.

Allen got to the semifinals against New York’s John Twomey, a match up that will take place Saturday night, thanks to a trio of comfortable victories. In the first round, Allen pinned New York’s Matthew Fischer in 1:28, then won major decisions over Tyler Fitzpatrick of New Hampshire, 14-6 in the round of 16, and Noah Malamut of New York, 12-3 in the quarterfinals.

Allen is guaranteed not only All-American status, which is reserved for wrestlers who finish in the top-8 of each of the weight classes, but he can finish no worse than sixth.

“It definitely is big. I talked to him (Wednesday) afternoon I spoke with him, he feels really good, his body feels refreshed,” Rockdale coach Craig Hargrove said before the tournament. “He’s worked hard (and) it’s been fun to watch.”

If Allen reaches the finals he’ll go against either Joe Calderone of New York or Montana’s Gage Currier Sunday at 7 p.m.