This year, 12 of 13 Colonels who participated in traditional sectionals held at Fayette County High School qualified to compete at the state championships that will be held next week in Gwinnett.
The Cass wrestlers who qualified include: 113, Chandler Blum, third; 120, Hunter Quinn, third; 126, Blake Walker, first; 132, Rashad Williams, fourth; 138, Montavious Turner, third; 145 Devon Wills, fourth; 160, Tyller Larson, second; 170, Micah Barron, eighth; 182, Cedric Jett, third; 195, Aaron Matthews, sixth; 220, Montavius Parker, second; 285, Tyjuan Jett, first.
At 152, Thomas Keller, who finished ninth, is an alternate.
Head coach D.L. Koontz said the wrestlers will be competing in Gwinnett on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The coach said the Colonels wrestling team has put in a lot of work to get this far and he’s pleased with its effort.
“In AAAA, to win in state, you’re going to have to bring all your guys,” Koontz said. “This number gives us a shot at making a run.”
The wrestling coach said Gilmer County, the defending state champion, also did well.
“Gilmer has a shot to make it at state, too,” he said. “They have 12.”
Koontz said the Colonels’ success this season is rooted in its inability to qualify enough a year ago to give it a chance to compete at the state level.
“Last year we didn’t have the numbers,” he said. “Last summer opened their eyes and they realized we had to step up our game to make a run at state and they did that. The kids put in a lot of work over the summer.”
All 13 Colonels who competed in sectional competition on Saturday had qualified at the area traditional tournament that was held at Cass High on Feb. 1.