Toombs County Athletic HOF 2018 Inductee- Bryan Benton

Bryan Benton wins his 4th state championship

Since 1994 the Toombs County High School wrestling program has produced five multiple state champions. Derrick Mincey, Bradley Benton, Demery Hawkins and Ricardo Santana (still active) have all won two state championships. However, only one Bulldog has won four straight. From 2006 though 2009 Bryan Benton was a dominant force on the Class 2A wrestling scene and in the month of February, when you wanted to be at your best, Bryan was.

Bryan Benton (enter) was honored as one of 32 4-time state champs in 2017

On February 21, 2009 Benton opened up a 7-1 lead over Cam Thurmond of Jefferson and he won the championship match 11-3, just one week after losing to Thurmond 4-2 in the East Sectional finals. That victory made him a four-time state champion.

2009- 135 LB. CLASS
1. Bryan Benton, Toombs Co.
2. Cam Thurmond, Jefferson
3. Billy Anderton, Buford
4. Shane Fadem, Blessed Trinity

Benton beat Wes Rampley, of Armuchee, 22-7 to win his third straight state championship. Benton, competing in the 135 pound division, finished the season with a 65-0 record and is 166-9 for his career.

2008- 135 LB. CLASS
1. Bryan Benton, Toombs Co.
2. Wes Rampley, Armuchee
3. Cody Carmack, Sonoraville
4. Cody Lary, Calhoun

2007- 125 LB. CLASS
1. Bryan Benton, Toombs Co.
2. Apollo Harris, Cook
3. Matthew Stanfield, Sonoraville
4. Kevin Hardigree, Adairsville

2006- 125 LB. CLASS
1. Bradley Benton, Toombs Co.
2. Jernato Harris, Cook
3. Michael Bofinger, Morgan Co.
4. Clay Lee, LaFayette

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In addition to his high school wrestling Bryan also excelled at the national level. In the summer of 2008 Bryan competed with Team Georgia in the NHSCA National Wrestling Duals in Des Moines, Iowa  Benton won seven of his eight matches and he and Team Georgia finished second, losing to Pennsylvania by 14 points in the championship. Bryan beat a top wrestler from Iowa in the semifinals 3-1. He won with a take down in the final four seconds. He lost in the championship 6-4 in overtime.

On Sunday December 9 at 2 p.m. in the Toombs County High School Auditorium, Bryan will be inducted into the Toombs County Athletic Hall Of Fame with his grandfather Billy, who was an All-State football player for Lyons High School in 1956.

Bryan Benton Wrestling Photo Gallery

Bryan Benton (left) checks in at the scorers table before his last high school match
Bryan Benton approaches the mat
Bryan Benton works his opponent on the mat
Bryan Benton has the leverage
Bryan Benton on the podium after winning his 4th state championship
Bryan Benton with a fellow 4-time state champ
A pair of Bulldog state champs- Bryan Benton and Demery Hawkins
Bryan Benton is inducted into the Georgia Kids Wrestling Hall of Fame

Bryan also played football and baseball for the Bulldogs. In 2008 he was named Second Team All-Region 3 AA as a defensive back.

Bryan Benton is ready for the big game

Bryan Benton Baseball Headlines

Bryan Benton picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly and then he singled in two in third in Toombs County’s 2009 16-4 win over Henry County in the second round of the state playoffs.

Seniors Bryan Benton and Justin Adams each had two hits on Senior Night 2009.

In game two of a Region 3 crossover with Laney, Bryan Benton singled in Javec King in the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

Down 7-1 after the first inning and 9-7 going to the top of the seventh the Toombs County Bulldogs pulled out their seventh come-from-behind victory of the season. Josh Allen’s two-out run scoring single scored Bryan Benton and pushed the Bulldogs past Jeff Davis 10-9 on the road.

In a game that had the feel of the Robert Redford movie “The Natural”, Bulldog senior Justin Adams swung his magic bat hard as he led off the bottom of the ninth inning by hitting a Tucker Darsey pitch off the yellow on the top of the right field fence and it bounced over for a walk-off home run that gave Toombs County a 5-4 win over Bleckley County at a wild and very excited Jackie Jones Field.

The Bulldogs rallied in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Dowd which brought in Bryan Benton, who led off the inning with a single.

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The Toombs County Bulldogs cut down on their strikeouts and the hit the ball hard in a 7-4 victory at ECI. Taylor Dowd led off the fourth inning with a home run and Bryan Benton raised his average to .800 with a 4-for-4 game with two runs batted in.

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Bryan Benton slides in with game-winner on Justin Adams’s double

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Pierce County led Toombs County 3-0, 4-3 and 6-4, however, each time the Bulldogs rallied and tied the game, at three and four, and then won it 7-6 in the ninth inning on a RBI double by Justin Adams that scored Bryan Benton. Benton singled in a run in the seventh inning that tied the game at four-all and then in the ninth he reached on a bunt single that pushed in a run that pulled the Bulldogs to within one run.

They may not be going to the state tourney, but the Toombs County Bulldogs are definitely playing their best baseball of the season. A 9-2 home win over ECI gave the Bulldogs a four game winning streak and a 12-12 record. Bryan Benton pitched six innings and allowed five hits and no earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk to improve his record to 2-1.

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Neal Rodgers extended his hitting streak to 17 games by going 3-for-4 with two 2-run home runs and a RBI single and Bryan Benton and Seth Stroud combined on Toombs County’s first shutout as the Bulldogs beat the Bacon County Raiders 9-0 in Lyons.

The Toombs County Bulldogs stroked 14 hits in a 13-3 six inning home win over Tattnall County. Bryan Benton and Justin Adams had aback-to-back doubles in the fifth.

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Just four days after being embarrassed 16-1 by Appling County in Baxley in three miserable innings, the Toombs County Bulldogs beat the Pirates 7-4 in Lyons by playing a clean game in the field, getting big hits from their three and four hitters. Justin Adams, Neal Rodgers and Bryan Benton each extended their hitting streaks to seven games.

The Toombs County Bulldogs banged out two home runs and 14 hits in a 12-9 win at Metter. The Bulldogs rallied as Lance Mosley drove in the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a base hit by Bryan Benton.

Senior Trey Mosley pitched a six inning five-hitter and he drove in four runs with a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly as the Toombs County Bulldogs beat Bacon County 9-3 in Alma. Bryan Benton singled and walked twice and scored three runs.