February 10, 2013

Area Roundup: Sectional placers headed to Macon

Southeast Whitfield High School had more wrestlers than any local program competing at this weekend’s sectional tournaments.

They’ll have more than anyone else from the area competing at state, too.

Five Raiders wrestlers finished in the top eight of the Class 4A West sectional Saturday at Pickens High and will head to this week’s state tournament in Macon.

Dalton and Northwest Whitfield, which competed at the same sectional, will each send two wrestlers to state.

The lone sectionals champion for the Raiders was 220-pounder Carlos Fraire, who beat the same LaFayette wrestler he defeated in the Area 7-4A finals one weekend earlier.

Jesus Dominguez (120) lost to Dalton’s Dylan Carlile in the finals, while Lester Paucay (152) and Austin Allen (170) each finished fourth and Jose Martir (285) was sixth.

Chris Rosas (106), a freshman, finished ninth after losing earlier to Northwest’s Blake Hayes, who finished sixth. Rosas will be an alternate, competing at state if any of the top eight wrestlers are unable to do so.

“Not too bad. That’s what we were kind of hoping for,” Southeast coach Michael Herndon said of the team’s overall performance.

“We knew at 106 that we’d have to wrestle great to make it in there. ... (Rosas) wrestled probably the best match he’s ever wrestled all year against (Hayes). Unfortunately, he came up short and bounced back to finish in ninth.”

Carlile and Dominguez faced one another in the area finals last weekend, and Dominguez won 2-1. Carlile, who won 5-2 in the semifinals against Alexander’s Cody Starns, got payback against Dominguez at sectionals with a 3-1 win in the finals. Carlile also had two pins in the tournament.

Dalton’s Sidney Wheeler (182) finished third after losing to Carrollton’s Travis Joyce. Wheeler, who last season won the Class 3A state championship at the same weight, won the third-place match and finished with the tournament with three pins.

Northwest had two wrestlers advance, with Alex Reynolds (145) — he took fourth after losing to eventual champion Turner Martin of Carrollton — joining Hayes.

“Four is not a bad seed,” Bruins coach Allen Tucker said. “We are happy. (Martin) is tough. He is the kid (people) are picking to win it.”

Austin Taylor (160) and A.J. Orozco (182) each finished ninth and will be alternates. Jordan Pittman (170) finished 10th.

North Murray’s Alex Gambino (106) finished second at the Class 3A West Sectional at Ringgold and clinched a spot at state.

Gambino, who finished fourth at area, lost to an area champion.

While Classes 4A through 6A sent the top eight finishers in each sectional on to state, for Class A through 3A, the top four advance to Macon.

Three Mountaineers finished just outside the cut. Ethan Center (160) and Brandon Adamé (285) finished fifth and will be alternates. Elias Lechuga (132) finished sixth, and North Murray coach Steve Colley said he will be a “double alternate.”

Murray County’s Clay Thornbury (182) finished third in the Class 2A West Sectional at Lamar County to clinch a spot at state.

Thornbury lost to a Heard County wrestler in the semifinals, then won two matches to finish the tournament 3-1.

Domingo Bautista (113) placed fifth and will be an alternate.

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