Woodland defends state traditional title; local wrestlers bring home five individual state titles
The Woodland High School wrestling team won a fourth state championship over the past two seasons by capturing the 2020 Traditional Championship this weekend in Macon. Woodland was powered to the state title by a trio of individual state champions at the Macon Centreplex. Caden McCrary (138 pounds), Caleb Henson (145), and Jaxon Smith (170) each took their weight classes in Class AAAAA while the Wildcats had seven more state placers. McCrary defeated his opponent from Ola High with a 9-5 decision to capture his third-straight individual state championship. Henson completed an undefeated season with a sudden victory win over Francis Morrissey of Veterans and Smith captured his second-straight title with a major decision over his Union Grove opponent. Three Woodland wrestlers finished as state runner-ups after reaching the finals with three straight wins. Colton Bishop (126) lost by fall to his Carrollton opponent. Caleb Jones (132) dropped a 7-2 championship match decision to his opponent from Veterans and Cole Cochran (160) lost in the finals to his opponent from Buford.
Other state placers for the Wildcats included Easton Bishop (120) who went 4-1 at the state finals; Bryce Collum (152) was 4-2 and finished fourth; Bryce Shedd (220) finished fourth with a 3-2 tournament; and Beau Jernigan (285) placed sixth by going 3-3 at the state finals.
Woodland accumulated 210 team points to win Class AAAAA in dominant fashion. Buford was second with 175 and Veterans placed third with 161 points. Ola and Harris County rounded out the top five teams. The Wildcats have now won back-to-back Dual State Championships and back-to-back Traditional State Championships.
Top row: Jaxon Smith and Caleb Henson. Middle: Caden McCrary and Angel Banda. Bottom row: Bryce Kresho and Jabril Williams. PHOTO CREDITS: Randy Parker, The Daily Tribune News
Cass placed seventh in the final Class AAAAA standings. The Colonels were one point behind sixth place Ware County. Cass was led by Bryce Kresho (120) who won his weight division’s state championship. Kresho, defeated his Veterans opponent with a 7-3 decision in the finals. Five other Cass wrestlers completed the weekend as state placers. Eli Doolittle (113) placed fourth. Tyler McKnight (126) and Noah Hoffmeier (220) finished fifth in their respective weight classes. Zach McKnight (152) and Reed Davis (182) wrapped up sixth place finishes.
Adairsville finished eighth as a team in Class AAA which was won by Sonoraville. North Hall and Lumpkin County finished second and third in the classification. Angel Banda pinned his Sonoraville opponent to win the AAA state championship in the 113-pound division. Dalton Cornett (160) lost a tough 3-1 decision in the finals to finish as state runner-up and James Standridge (132) finished third for the Tigers with a 4-1 weekend on the mats.
Cartersville finished tenth in the team standings in Class AAAA which was won by Woodward Academy. Gilmer and West Laurens placed second and third in the classification.
Jabril Williams upset the top seed in his weight class in the opening round and made it all the way to the finals of the 160-pound division before finishing as a state runner-up. Tyler Earick (113) was 4-2 for the tournament and placed fourth. Giles Turner went 3-2 at the state finals and placed fifth while Shadre Hurst (285) placed sixth in his weight class.