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  • The inaugural DeKalb Wrestling All-County Team met at Chick-Fil-A Northlake

DeKalb County Wrestling Names Inaugural All-County Selections

The inaugural DeKalb Wrestling All-County Team met at Chick-Fil-A Northlake. (Photo courtesy of Carla Parker) The DeKalb County Wrestling Coaches named the inaugural All-County Team this past week [...]

McNair Hauls in Five State Wrestling Medals for Fourth Place

McNair senior Terrence Randle (wearing cap) finished the year 47-0 and as the Class 3A 182 weight class state champion. (Courtesy Photo) McNair picked up its second ever [...]

DeKalb Sending 108 Wrestlers to GHSA State Sectionals

Southwest DeKalb's six gold medal winners from their Area 5-5A Traditional Wrestling Championship. The next step towards a state title is set for Saturday as 108 DeKalb County [...]

McNair Captures Second Venable DCSD Co. Wrestling Championship

2018 William S. Venable DCSD County Wrestling Champions -- McNair Mustangs The McNair Mustangs rolled to a 70.5 point victory over Southwest DeKalb to capture the school’s second [...]

Southwest DeKalb, McNair Win Area Dual Wrestling Titles

2018 Area 5-5A Dual Wrestling Champions -- SW DeKalb Panthers A pair of DeKalb County wrestling squads picked up Area Dual Wrestling titles last week as Southwest DeKalb [...]

Southwest DeKalb Wins Second Consecutive DCSD JV Wrestling Title

2018 DCSD JV Wrestling Champs -- SW DeKalb Panthers repeat at JV Championships Keith Johnson’s Southwest DeKalb Panthers junior varsity wrestling squad recently won its second consecutive DCSD [...]

Dunwoody’s Constantine Gavalas Captures State Wrestling Gold Medal

2017 CLASS 6A 195 WEIGHT CLASS STATE CHAMPION -- Constantine Gavalas of Dunwoody Dunwoody senior wrestler Constantine Gavalas gave DeKalb County a state wrestling champion for the 12th [...]

DeKalb Sent 28 Wrestlers to State Traditional Wrestling Tournament

Wrestlers from all the over the state of Georgia are converging on the Macon Centreplex this weekend vying for individual and team state championships with DeKalb County sending 28 to [...]

Southwest DeKalb Wins Traditional Area 5-5A Wrestling Title

2017 AREA 5-5A TRADITIONAL WRESTLING CHAMPIONS -- SW DEKALB PANTHERS The Southwest DeKalb Panthers made a clean sweep of the Area 5-5A wrestling titles by following up on [...]

Dunwoody Repeats as DCSD Wrestling Champions

2017 DCSD Wrestling Champions -- Dunwoody Wildcats The Dunwoody Wildcats successfully defended their 2016 DCSD Wrestling Championship with a close 220-203 win over Marist. Three gold medals went [...]

Dunwoody Hosting 56th DCSD Wrestling Championships

2016 William Venable DCSD Wrestling Champions -- Dunwoody Wildcats Defending DeKalb County wrestling champion Dunwoody is playing host to the 56th annual William Venable DCSD Wrestling Championships on [...]

Three DCSD Wrestling Teams Headed to GHSA State Duals

2017 AREA 5-5A TEAM DUALS CHAMPIONS -- SW DEKALB PANTHERS -- DeKalb County will be represented well at the GHSA Team Duals State Tournament in Macon this weekend [...]

Revived Cross Keys Wrestling Program Puts on Good Show at Area 5-5A Duals

2017 Cross Keys Indians Wrestling Team Finishing third and just short of a trip to the Class 5A State Duals this week might be disappointing to many teams, [...]

Southwest DeKalb Upends Defending Champ McNair for DCSD JV Title

2017 DCSD JV WRESTLING CHAMPIONS -- SW DEKALB PANTHERS The Southwest DeKalb Panthers wrestled to eight Top 3 finishes, including four gold medals, to jump past 2016 champion [...]

Dunwoody, McNair Capture Area Traditional Championships

Dunwoody's Max Tuch (left) pulled out one of the Wildcat's 7 gold medals in the Area 6-5A Traditional Wrestling Championships. (Photo by Mark Brock) Area 6-5A and Area [...]

Dunwoody Captures Team’s First DCSD Wrestling Championships Title

2016 William Venable DCSD Wrestling Champions -- Dunwoody Wildcats A first time champion was crowned at the 2016 William S. Venable DCSD Wrestling Championships on Tuesday night at [...]

McNair Outpoints Decatur to win DeKalb Co. JV Wrestling Title

Eight McNair Mustangs placed third or better as the team won the 2016 DeKalb County Junior Varsity Wrestling Championship just before the holiday break in December. Trevon Marrin (170) and [...]

McNair’s Jamaal Deng Captures Class AAA 152 Division State Title

McNair's Jamaal Deng (center) stands atop the medal stand after winning his state title. (Courtesy photo) Going into last weekend’s Class AAA State Wrestling Tournament Jamaal Deng entered [...]

Marist Rallies to Capture 2015 DeKalb Co. Wrestling Title

2015 DeKalb Co. Wrestling Champions -- Marist War Eagles The Marist War Eagles won their third DeKalb County Wrestling Championships title in six years by rallying from a [...]


DeKalb County Schools takes wrestling to the mat in a very serious manner. The schools own 26 state team-wrestling championships and an amazing 311 individual state titles since 1961.

Dequan Warner (blue), the 2006 and 2007 Class AAAA state champion.

Dequan Warner (blue), the 2006 and 2007 Class AAAA state champion.

Columbia leads the current 18-school contingent in state titles with five (1972 to 1973, 1976 to 1977, 1988). The now defunct Briarcliff and Walker High Schools hold six and five of the state titles, respectively. Chamblee (1974, 1979) and Redan (1983 to 1984) are the only other schools with more than one title.

Lakeside won the last team title in 1997. Towers (1975), Avondale (1983), Cross Keys (1961), Stone Mountain (1969) and Lithonia (1971) also captured state titles. Towers, despite only one state title to its credit, holds the county lead in Top 10 finishes in the state competition with 28. Avondale has finished in the Top 10 23 times and Columbia is third with 19. The county has 15 of the current 18 schools with at least six or more top ten finishes.

The 309 individual state titles include 57 participants that won 2 or more titles. Bucky Harrelson of Briarcliff won 4 titles (1961 to 1964) to lead the county and was later tied for that distinction when Lithonia’s Arty McGuire won four from 1973 to 1976. Bill Glass (Druid Hills, 1965 to 1967), Craig Cummings (Sequoyah, 1967 to 1969), John Kalvelage (Lakeside, 1969 to 1971), Kirk Hoffman (Clarkston, 1978 to 1980), Kevin Pride (Towers, 1979 to 1981), J.J. Mathis (Clarkston, 1987 to 1989), Charles Cloud (Columbia, 1987 to 1989) and Richard Robinson (Tucker, 1991 to 1993) all won three state individual titles.

Clarkston's Terrance Gaddy (green) pins Lafayette's Will Gilbert for Class AAA gold medal.

Clarkston’s Terrance Gaddy (green) pins Lafayette’s Will Gilbert for Class AAA gold medal.

Southwest DeKalb’s Dequan Warner won the 2006 Class AAAA 103 lb. class state title as a freshman with a 32-0 record and became a two-time state titlist by winning the 2007 class AAAA 112 state champion as a sophomore. Clarkston’s Terrance Gaddy won back-to-back state titles in the Class AAA 171-pound class in 2008 and 2009 to give DeKalb back-to-back champions twice in four years. Southwest DeKalb junior Adul Rahman-Yasin matched the back-to-back feat in 2014 by winning his second consecutive state title. He won the 145 title in 2013 to finish 42-1 on the year in 2013 and followed up with a 38-0 record in winning the 152 weight class in 2014.

Dunwoody’s Constantine Gavalas became another undefeated state champ in 2017 with a 45-0 record on the way to the Class 6A gold medal in the 195 weight class.

Six schools hold over 20 individual state titles led by Briarcliff with 40. Towers (28), Columbia (26), Avondale (25), Walker (23) and Redan (22) round out the six schools with 20 or more individual titles.

State Titles (26)

  • Briarcliff (6) – 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
  • Walker (5) – 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
  • Columbia (5) – 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1988
  • Chamblee (2) – 1974, 1979
  • Redan (2) – 1983, 1984
  • Avondale (1) – 1983
  • Cross Keys (1) – 1961
  • Lakeside (1) – 1997
  • Lithonia (1) – 1971
  • Stone Mountain (1) – 1969
  • Towers (1) – 1975