Two Bulldogs will wrestle for a state championship (new info)

Ricardo Santana and Gage Clark each won two matches on Friday to advance to the finals at the GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Tournament in the Macon Centreplex. Last season Santana finished third as a freshman. Clark, a junior, like Santana is an area champion and he finished first in the GHSA A Sectional in the Toombs County High School Gym. The finals are on Saturday at 3 p.m. with the Opening Ceremonies beginning at 2:30.

Carson Roberts and Ervin Mincey will wrestle for third place and Cruz Arredondo, Justin Hall and Luke Anderson will compete for fifth place.

120 pound- Ricardo Santana vs. Jemarcus Allen

Ricardo Santana in Macon (picture by Dee Morgan)

Ricardo will take on Elbert County’s Jemarcus Allen (34-6) in the 120 pound championship match. Last year Santana pinned Rockmart’s Truett Bowman 23 seconds into the second period in the AAA 113 pound third place match.

Ricardo Santana secures 3rd place with a 2nd round pin
Ricardo Santana secures 3rd place with a 2nd round pin

Ricardo had a take down in the first period to jump up 2-0 and then Bowman countered with a reversal for two points and escape for one to take a 3-2 lead. However, Santana earned two more points with a take down, in the second period, and then he pinned Bowman to end the match.

126 pound- Gage Clark vs. Jackson Wheeler

Gage Clark wrestles in the Macon Centreplex (picture by Dee Morgan)

Gage Clark draws Social Circle’s Jackson Wheeler. The sophomore from the team that beat Toombs County for the GHSA State Dual AA Title is 43-7. This is Gage’s second straight trip to the state tourney.

GHSA Traditional State Tourney in Macon

2A-106 – Cruz Arredondo (42-14) placed 6th and scored 6.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Cruz Arredondo (Toombs County) 42-14 won by major decision over Riley Purdy (Armuchee) 44-11 (MD 12-3)
Semifinal – Kevin Martin (Fitzgerald) 31-7 won by fall over Cruz Arredondo (Toombs County) 42-14 (Fall 3:21)
Cons. Semi – Deonte Williams (Berrien) 28-5 won by tech fall over Cruz Arredondo (Toombs County) 42-14 (TF-1.5 4:22 (22-7))

2A-113 – Martin Santana (32-13) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Walker Byrd (Model) 34-5 won by fall over Martin Santana (Toombs County) 32-13 (Fall 3:22)
Cons. Round 1 – Kenyon Wilson (Callaway) 33-9 won by fall over Martin Santana (Toombs County) 32-13 (Fall 5:11)

2A-120 – Ricardo Santana (48-2) placed 2nd and scored 17.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ricardo Santana (Toombs County) 48-2 won by tech fall over Austin Hunt (Rabun Co.) 23-12 (TF-1.5 5:36 (17-0))
Semifinal – Ricardo Santana (Toombs County) 48-2 won by decision over Truett Bowman (Rockmart) 44-15 (Dec 1-0)

2A-126 – Gage Clark (44-4) placed 2nd and scored 17.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Gage Clark (Toombs County) 44-4 won by tech fall over Bryson Gresham (Temple) 5-5 (TF-1.5 2:17 (15-0))
Semifinal – Gage Clark (Toombs County) 44-4 won by decision over Morgan Mitchell (Fitzgerald) 37-13 (Dec 6-1)

2A-145 – Justin Hall (21-13) placed 6th and scored 4.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Douglas Peppers (Social Circle) 42-2 won by decision over Justin Hall (Toombs County) 21-13 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Justin Hall (Toombs County) 21-13 won by decision over Austin Kiser (Chattooga) 44-22 (Dec 13-7)
Cons. Semi – Preston Decker (Temple) 39-8 won by fall over Justin Hall (Toombs County) 21-13 (Fall 5:40)

2A-152 – Luke Anderson (24-16) placed 6th and scored 7.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Luke Anderson (Toombs County) 24-16 won by fall over Gage Cannon (Heard Co) 33-10 (Fall 4:58)
Semifinal – Kevin Almond (Elbert Co.) 57-2 won by fall over Luke Anderson (Toombs County) 24-16 (Fall 3:09)
Cons. Semi – Landon Guy (Fitzgerald) 35-12 won by major decision over Luke Anderson (Toombs County) 24-16 (MD 9-0)

2A-160 – Carson Roberts (27-7) placed 4th and scored 12.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Carson Roberts (Toombs County) 27-7 won by fall over Wynn Denney (Heard Co) 32-26 (Fall 2:00)
Semifinal – John Austin Robinson (Temple) 33-4 won by decision over Carson Roberts (Toombs County) 27-7 (Dec 7-0)
Cons. Semi – Carson Roberts (Toombs County) 27-7 won by decision over Lincoln Gay (Swainsboro) 24-13 (Dec 8-5)

2A-220 – Ervin Mincey (35-6) placed 4th and scored 13.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Alex Mears (Chattooga) 62-8 won by fall over Ervin Mincey (Toombs County) 35-6 (Fall 4:59)
Cons. Round 1 – Ervin Mincey (Toombs County) 35-6 won by fall over Mason Harwell (Social Circle) 17-11 (Fall 3:14)
Cons. Semi – Ervin Mincey (Toombs County) 35-6 won by fall over Luis Vasquez (Heard Co) 34-19 (Fall 3:45)

2A-285 – Rolando Tinoco (30-17) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Hinton Bolinger (Pepperell) 37-2 won by fall over Rolando Tinoco (Toombs County) 30-17 (Fall 4:22)
Cons. Round 1 – Renard Swiney (Jordan) 6-3 won by fall over Rolando Tinoco (Toombs County) 30-17 (Fall 0:23)

Team Scores
2A
1. Social Circle 147.0
2. Elbert Co. 121.0
3. Fitzgerald 85.0
4. Toombs County 77.0
5. Armuchee 57.0
6. Pepperell 55.0
7. Chattooga 54.5
8. Banks Co. 42.0
9. Spencer 32.5
10. Temple 32.0
11. Dodge 31.5
12. Jeff Davis 25.0
13. Rockmart 23.0
14. Dublin 21.0
15. Model 19.0
16. Screven County 18.0
17. Oglethorpe Co. 17.0
18. Vidalia 16.5
19. East Laurens 16.0
19. Lamar 16.0
21. Berrien 14.5
22. Heard Co 13.0
23. Callaway 11.0
24. Rabun Co. 10.0
25. Monticello 9.0
26. Josey 7.0
27. Jordan 6.0
27. Northeast Magnet 6.0
27. Swainsboro 6.0
30. Benedictine 0.0
30. Washington County 0.0