McNair picked up its second ever Top 10 finish and hauled in five Top 3 individual finishes in the Class 3A State Traditional Wrestling Tournament at the Macon Centreplex over the weekend.
The Mustangs won a pair of gold medals, a silver and two bronze medals on the way to the team’s fourth place finish overall. The fourth place finish was 25 spots better than in 2017.
Undefeated senior Terrence Randle (47-0) took the 182 weight class gold with three consecutive wins over Levi Baggett (Dawson Co.) 11-5, Charlie Brown (Sonoraville) 5-3 and a tough 2-1 victory in the finals over Pierce County’s Dalton Malone.
Junior DeeJay McNeal (53-1) won the gold in the 113 weight class by defeating both Brantley’s Austin (:58) and Fannin County’s Landon Galloway (2:28) by pin fall to reach the finals. He had a tight match with North Hall’s Jacob Pedraza winning 6-4 for the gold.
McNair became the first team to collect two state gold medals in one year since Columbia’s Zerbin Singleton (130) and Josh Combs (140) accomplished the feat in 2003.
Junior Antonio Mills (44-4) reached the 132 weight class finals before falling to Tyler Hunt of Sonoraville. He had defeated Tyler Garrett from Greater Atlanta Christian by fall (3:46) and Ringgold’s Holden Moss 7-4 to reach the championship match.
Senior Masud As-Siddiq (39-2) finished with a bronze at 120 after recovering from a tough loss to Pierce County’s Todd Carter in the semifinals. It was just his second loss all season. As-Siddiq opened the tournament with pin fall (2:33) over East Hall’s Louis Garcia.
The senior showed his toughness following the semifinal loss with an 8-3 victory over Dre Porter of Crisp County to reach the bronze medal match. He then had a relatively smooth match on the way to a 5-1 victory over Sonoraville’s Allen Stone to capture the bronze.
Sophomore Torrence Dumas (37-3) suffered just his third loss of the season in an 8-1 defeat at the hands of Lovett’s Roderick White in the semifinals before battling back to grab the 152 class bronze medal. Dumas had opened the tournament with a 4-2 victory over Thomas Snyder before the semifinal loss.
Dumas bounced back from the semifinal loss with a 4-2 win over Bremen’s Luke Chandler to reach the bronze medal match. He then finished up the bronze medal run with an 8-5 win over Monroe County’s Garner Drummond.
In the Class 6A State Championships, Stephenson moved up 16 spots from a year ago finishing in 23rd behind a pair of wrestlers making the Top Six.
Senior Taquel Young suffered just his second loss of the season in the 145 weight class semifinals to eventual state champion Will Formato of Allatoona before rallying to pick up a bronze medal.
Young started off the tournament with pin fall wins over Dunwoody’s Luke Pankey (1:51) and Pope’s Andrew Barner (5:46) before the semifinal loss. He came back to defeat Coffee’s Case Merritt 10-5 and almost doubled up Gainesville’s Malique Johnson in a 15-8 decision to win the bronze.
Micah Godwin aided the Stephenson rise up the final standings with a sixth place finish at 195.
The Class 5A DeKalb entries were led by senior Eris Walker of Southwest DeKalb who finished with a silver medal in the 220 weight class.
Walker opened the tournament with an 11-3 win over Ola’s John Sledge and tight wins of 3-2 over Ander Porlatoa of Kell and 5-4 over Warner Robins’ Sam Bish. He fell to Cass’ Tripp Breeden by pin fall (5:16) in the championship match.
Lithonia junior John Webb finished in the Top 6 for the second consecutive season with his sixth place finish at 126.
Lakeside finished 31st overall in the Class 7A standings led by a sixth place finish by Cody Domingue at 160.