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Gators claim state duals championship

Gators claim state duals championship

Gators claim state duals championship

    Bulloch Academy won the 2014 GISA Class AAA state wrestling duals championships recently, claiming its second state title in the past three years.
    The Gators, who were state runners-up last season, crushed their competition in the January 18th event, finishing up the duals season with a 20-1 record.
    Bulloch beat Robert Toombs Christian Academy from Lyons 58-14 in the championship match for the trophy. BA beat Mill Springs Academy from Alpharetta 84-0 in the opening match and Southland Academy from Americus 54-24 in the second round.
    “In a duals tournament,” BA coach Andy Tomlin said. “two teams compete against each other in all 14 weight classes. Each wrestler scores points toward an overall team score which is kept throughout the duration of the two-team meet.”
    The grapplers can win a match by pin (six points), forfeit (six), technical fall (five), major decision (four) or minor decision (three). The squad with the most points wins the match and all team members advance to face another team.
    Having a full roster (having wrestlers in all 14 weight classes) is a bonus in a duals meet. The Gators actually boast multiple student-athletes in the various divisions and that depth is the key to their strength.
    Team members include Kyle Samuels (at 106 pounds), Lawson Anderson (106), Billy Tillman (113), Justin Kane (120), Mitchell Ball (126), Joshua Bohannon (132), Davis Childs (138), Drew Salter (145), Tyce Lovett (152), Jake Hagan (160), Eddie Howard (170), Dylan Stuckey (182), Thomas Bowen (195), G.C. Kimbrell (220) and Connor Fordham (285).
    Against Mill Springs, the Gators won all 14 events. Against Southland, Bulloch lost four matches (two forfeits due to injury). In the championship dual, BA dropped just three matches (two forfeits due to injury).
    In three years, Bulloch has lost just three times in dual matches, recording a 54-3 slate. Since 2007, the Gators have accumulated an overall record of 106-21.
    Bulloch hosts the Region 3-AAA traditional championships on January 30 and the Class AAA state traditional tournament at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon on Feb. 7-8.
    “A traditional tournament is kind of like a track meet,” Tomlin said. “Wrestlers compete in their own individual events, and score points if they place. Those points are tallied up at the end of the meet and a team champion is crowned by which team accumulated the most points.”
    The Gators were traditional state champions in 2012 and runners-up last season. Winning a championship trophy later this month would just add another triumphant chapter in this storied progam’s short history.

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