Five wrestlers win state titles


Woodland wrestlers captured three state championships and Cass collected two at the 2018 GHSA Traditional State Wrestling Championships at the Macon Centreplex Thursday through Saturday.


Wildcats' 160-pounder Cody Cochran capped off his senior season with a third state title. He had one pin and two technical fall victories prior to his 10-6 win in the finals.

Junior Kyle Gollhofer (120-pounds) also won his third state championship pinning three of four opponents. Gollhofer did not lose a match this season.


Woodland’s third state winner was freshman Caden McCrary (113-pounds).


Cass seniors Tripp Breeden (220-pounds) and Seven Richards (285-pounds) won their second-straight titles. Breeden pinned three of his four opponents. Richards pinned all four of his opponents, three in 50 seconds or less.


In the team competition, Cass was fourth and Woodland fifth. Buford won Class AAAAA followed by Union Grove and Ola.


Adairsville finished 12th in Class AAA. Cartersville was 29th in Class AAAA.


Class AAA was won by Sonoraville who finished just ahead of Bremen and North Hall. The title is a first for Sonoraville.


Jefferson won Class AAAA ahead of West Laurens and Troup County. The title is the 18th straight for Jefferson wrestling.


Other local state individual placers included Adairsville’s Nic Jackson with a state runner-up finish in the 170-pound division. Angel Banda (106) and Bryce Burgess (182) also placed third in Class AAA for the Tigers.


Cartersville wrestler Jonathan De La Cruz (182) finished fourth in Class AAAA as did Woodland’s Caleb Jones (126) in Class AAAAA.


Cass had four additional state placers. Tyler Pilcher (132) and Kendall Arnold (145) finished third. Rett Moore (170) was fourth and Ben Mills (126) placed fifth in Class AAAAA.



Results for Adairsville


3A-106

Angel Banda placed 3rd and scored 14 team points.

Quarterfinal - Angel Banda (Adairsville) won by fall over Na`im Moss (Greater Atlanta Christian)(Fall 1:37)

Semifinal - Jack Whitmire (North Hall) won by fall over Angel Banda (Adairsville) (Fall 1:51)

Cons. Semi - Angel Banda (Adairsville) won in sudden victory - 1 over Eddie Singletary (Brantley) (SV-1 6-4)

3rd Place Match - Angel Banda (Adairsville) won by decision over Jacob Wilson (Haralson County) (Dec 8-1)


3A-170

Nic Jackson placed 2nd and scored 18 team points.

Quarterfinal - Nic Jackson (Adairsville) won by fall over Josh Strickland (Brantley) (Fall 1:53)

Semifinal - Nic Jackson (Adairsville) won by decision over Blake Nix (East Hall) (Dec 5-3)

1st Place Match - Noah Liles (Bremen) won by fall over Nic Jackson (Adairsville) (Fall 3:24)


3A-182

Bryce Burgess placed 3rd and scored 12 team points.

Quarterfinal - Bryce Burgess (Adairsville) won by decision over Finn Williams (Morgan County) (Dec 3-1)

Semifinal - Dalton Malone (Pierce) won in sudden victory - 1 over Bryce Burgess (Adairsville) (SV-1 3-1)

Cons. Semi - Bryce Burgess (Adairsville) won in sudden victory - 1 over Levi Baggett (Dawson County) (SV-1 3-1)

3rd Place Match - Bryce Burgess (Adairsville) won by decision over Charlie Brown (Sonoraville) (Dec 2-1)





Results for Cartersville


4A-160

Jabril Williams

Champ. Round 1 - Vincent Baker (Blessed Trinity) won by fall over Jabril Williams (Cartersville) (Fall 1:43)

Cons. Round 1 - Dylan Swanson (Ridgeland) won by fall over Jabril Williams (Cartersville) (Fall 1:53)


4A-170

Garrett Geros

Champ. Round 1 - Michael Thomsen (West Laurens) won by fall over Garrett Geros (Cartersville) (Fall 1:09)

Cons. Round 1 - Alex Eacret (Heritage) won by decision over Garrett Geros (Cartersville) (Dec 7-2)


4A-182

Jonathan De La Cruz placed 4th and scored 16 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Jonathan De La Cruz (Cartersville) won by fall over James Phaturos (Jefferson) (Fall 4:44)

Quarterfinal - Jonathan De La Cruz (Cartersville) won in tie breaker - 1 over Ryan Crump (Gilmer) (TB-1 4-2)

Semifinal - Ben Deal (West Laurens) won by fall over Jonathan De La Cruz (Cartersville) (Fall 0:58)

Cons. Semi - Jonathan De La Cruz (Cartersville) won by fall over Henry Wilson (Americus Sumter) (Fall 5:42)

3rd Place Match - Ryan Crump (Gilmer) won by decision over Jonathan De La Cruz (Cartersville) (Dec 7-4)


4A-195

Desmond Winters scored 1 team point.

Champ. Round 1 - Seamus O`Brien (North Oconee) won by decision over Desmond Winters (Cartersville) (Dec 6-3)

Cons. Round 1 - Desmond Winters (Cartersville) won by decision over Frank Lewis (Americus Sumter) (Dec 4-3)

Cons. Round 2 - Demarquezs Carter (Upson Lee) won by decision over Desmond Winters (Cartersville) (Dec 4-0)


4A-220

Collin Buffaloe

Champ. Round 1 - Hamilton Cooper (Madison County) won by fall over Collin Buffaloe (Cartersville) (Fall 3:51)

Cons. Round 1 - Quori Alexander (Luella) won by fall over Collin Buffaloe (Cartersville) (Fall 1:20)




Results for Woodland


5A-106

Hayden Stepp

Champ. Round 1 - Cage Leddon (Locust Grove) won by fall over Hayden Stepp (Woodland) (Fall 2:27)

Cons. Round 1 - Titan Carr (Johnson) won by tech fall over Hayden Stepp (Woodland) (TF-1.5 4:56 (16-1))


5A-113

Caden McCrary placed 1st and scored 25 team points.


Champ. Round 1 - Caden McCrary (Woodland) won by fall over Austin Sharman (McIntosh)(Fall 0:21)

Quarterfinal - Caden McCrary (Woodland) won by major decision over Drew Munsey (Whitewater) (MD 8-0)

Semifinal - Caden McCrary (Woodland) won by decision over Ricardo Romero (Locust Grove) (Dec 3-1)

1st Place Match - Caden McCrary (Woodland) won by decision over Logan Ashton (Buford) (Dec 6-4)


5A-120

Kyle Gollhofer (53-0) placed 1st and scored 28 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Gollhofer (Woodland) won by fall over Keagan Nolan (Locust Grove) (Fall 1:26)

Quarterfinal - Kyle Gollhofer (Woodland) won by fall over Grant Monroe (Harris County) (Fall 1:02)

Semifinal - Kyle Gollhofer (Woodland) won by fall over Hunter Daniel (Ola)(Fall 4:38)

1st Place Match - Kyle Gollhofer (Woodland) won by decision over Ivan Arguello (Rome) (Dec 7-2)


5A-126

Caleb Jones placed 4th and scored 15 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Caleb Jones (Woodland) won by fall over Xavier Schoot (Statesboro) (Fall 2:54)

Quarterfinal - Caleb Jones (Woodland) won by major decision over John Webb (Lithonia)(MD 18-9)

Semifinal - Jackson Disario (Ola) won by fall over Caleb Jones (Woodland)(Fall 4:40)

Cons. Semi - Caleb Jones (Woodland) won by decision over Ben Mills (Cass)(Dec 3-1)

3rd Place Match - Michael Parker (Dutchtown) 9-3 won by decision over Caleb Jones (Woodland) (Dec 9-4)


5A-152

Tommy Duke scored 5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Tommy Duke (Woodland) won by decision over Zion Colson (Thomas County Central) (Dec 8-6)

Quarterfinal - Wyatt Sladek (Flowery Branch) won by fall over Tommy Duke (Woodland) (Fall 1:04)

Cons. Round 2 - Tommy Duke (Woodland) won by fall over Thomas Isakovich (Clarke Central) (Fall 4:53)

Cons. Round 3 - Collin Kasler (Starrs Mill) won by fall over Tommy Duke (Woodland) (Fall 2:31)


5A-160

Cody Cochran placed 1st and scored 27 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Cody Cochran (Woodland) won by fall over Ricky Ellison (Statesboro)(Fall 0:33)

Quarterfinal - Cody Cochran (Woodland) won by tech fall over Elvis Perez (Rome) (TF-1.5 2:51 (17-2))

Semifinal - Cody Cochran (Woodland) won by tech fall over Clark leddon (Locust Grove) (TF-1.5 5:58 (18-3))

1st Place Match - Cody Cochran (Woodland) won by decision over Christian Trimble (Ola) (Dec 10-6)


5A-170

Bryce Shedd

Champ. Round 1 - Chandler Carlisle (Harris County) won by tech fall over Bryce Shedd (Woodland) (TF-1.5 4:13 (17-0))

Cons. Round 1 - Christian Philips (Arabia Mountain) won by major decision over Bryce Shedd (Woodland) (MD 15-7)


5A-182

Demarcus Williams scored 4 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Demarcus Williams (Woodland) won by fall over Lucas Parker (Morrow) (Fall 1:59)

Quarterfinal - Camden Johnson (Union Grove) won by fall over Demarcus Williams (Woodland) (Fall 1:49)

Cons. Round 2 - Cohen Perry (Harris County) won by decision over Demarcus Williams (Woodland) (Dec 11-8)




Results for Cass


5A-106

Hunter Rees scored 4 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Rees (Cass) won by decision over Joey Sulkoski (Starrs Mill) (Dec 4-3)

Quarterfinal - Nick Cambria (Buford) won by major decision over Hunter Rees (Cass) (MD 13-2)

Cons. Round 2 - Hunter Rees (Cass) won by major decision over Titan Carr (Johnson) (MD 12-3)

Cons. Round 3 - Kasey Baynon (Statesboro) won by fall over Hunter Rees (Cass) (Fall 3:56)


5A-113

Derrick Smith scored 3 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Drew Munsey (Whitewater) won by fall over Derrick Smith (Cass) (Fall 3:11)

Cons. Round 1 - Derrick Smith (Cass) won by fall over Austin Sharman (McIntosh)(Fall 0:55)

Cons. Round 2 - Byron Flemming (Ola) won by fall over Derrick Smith (Cass)(Fall 5:42)


5A-126

Ben Mills placed 5th and scored 10 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Ben Mills (Cass) won by decision over Conner White (Ware) (Dec 4-3)

Quarterfinal - Kyle McCollough (Buford) won by fall over Ben Mills (Cass) (Fall 5:36)

Cons. Round 2 - Ben Mills (Cass) won by decision over Kenneth Hardimon (Union Grove)(Dec 13-7)

Cons. Round 3 - Ben Mills (Cass) won by major decision over Konner Alejandro (Locust Grove) (MD 10-2)

Cons. Semi - Caleb Jones (Woodland) won by decision over Ben Mills (Cass) (Dec 3-1)

5th Place Match - Ben Mills (Cass) won by decision over John Webb (Lithonia) (Dec 8-4)


5A-132

Tyler Pilcher placed 3rd and scored 18 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Pilcher (Cass) won by fall over Avery Bursby (Ola) (Fall 0:37)

Quarterfinal - Tyler Pilcher (Cass) won by decision over Mason Sterner (Rome) (Dec 6-3)

Semifinal - Bryson Neace (Union Grove) won by decision over Tyler Pilcher (Cass) (Dec 7-5)

Cons. Semi - Tyler Pilcher (Cass) won by major decision over Banner Thomas (Ware) (MD 10-2)

3rd Place Match - Tyler Pilcher (Cass) won by major decision over Luchiano Jenkins (Stockbridge)(MD 16-5)


5A-138

Kameron Depasquale

Champ. Round 1 - Noah Martin (Locust Grove) won by fall over Kameron Depasquale (Cass) (Fall 4:00)

Cons. Round 1 - Desmond Stephenson (Stockbridge) won in sudden victory - 1 over Kameron Depasquale (Cass)(SV-1 4-2)


5A-145

Kendall Arnold placed 3rd and scored 14 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Kendall Arnold (Cass) won by decision over Christian Nix (Thomas County Central) (Dec 7-4)

Quarterfinal - Kendall Arnold (Cass) won by decision over Demarion Dennis (Ware)(Dec 6-4)

Semifinal - Gabe McDaniel (Union Grove) won by major decision over Kendall Arnold (Cass) (MD 15-3)

Cons. Semi - Kendall Arnold (Cass) won by decision over Tyler Ingram (Rome)(Dec 3-2)

3rd Place Match - Kendall Arnold (Cass) won by decision over Dylan Burton (Dutchtown) (Dec 10-9)


5A-170

Rett Moore placed 4th and scored 16 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Devon Dawson (Fayette Co.) won in sudden victory - 1 over Rett Moore (Cass) (SV-1 13-11)

Cons. Round 1 - Rett Moore (Cass) won by fall over Randy Fillinggame (Bainbridge)(Fall 1:39)

Cons. Round 2 - Rett Moore (Cass) won by fall over Chandler Carlisle (Harris County)(Fall 3:59)

Cons. Round 3 - Rett Moore (Cass) won by decision over Bryant Wilkinson (Rome)(Dec 11-4)

Cons. Semi - Rett Moore (Cass) won by major decision over Grant McKinley (Carrollton)(MD 12-4)

3rd Place Match - Gavin Venable (Union Grove) won by fall over Rett Moore (Cass) (Fall 1:11)


5A-220

Tripp Breeden (51-1) placed 1st and scored 29 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Tripp Breeden (Cass) won by fall over Shamar Padgett (South Effingham)(Fall 2:50)

Quarterfinal - Tripp Breeden (Cass) won by fall over Jake Burns (Whitewater)(Fall 0:26)

Semifinal - Tripp Breeden (Cass) won by major decision over Hadley Jackson (Thomas County Central)(MD 17-5)

1st Place Match - Tripp Breeden (Cass) won by fall over Eris Walker (Southwest Dekalb) 6-2 (Fall 5:16)


5A-285

Seven Richards placed 1st and scored 30 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Seven Richards (Cass) won by fall over Lucas Char (McIntosh)(Fall 0:16)

Quarterfinal - Seven Richards (Cass) won by fall over Clayton Walczuk (Flowery Branch) (Fall 0:24)

Semifinal - Seven Richards (Cass) won by fall over Ryan Smith (New Hampstead)(Fall 0:50)

1st Place Match - Seven Richards (Cass) won by fall over Trey Bonner (Jones County) (Fall 1:12)

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