SAVANNAH — Bulloch Academy ran away with the first annual Cavalier Invitational wrestling tournament this past Saturday.
The Gators rolled up 236 points for the team victory, capturing first place in eight of the 14 weight classes of the individual event. Jenkins High was second with 128 while host Calvary Day had 99.5 for third in the eight-team tourney.
BA senior Justin Lane, who wrestles in the 132-pound division, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler by a unanimous vote of the event’s coaches.
Lane was 4-0 on the day along with senior Dylan Stuckey (182) and sophomores Tyce Lovett (220) and Garrett Williams (170). Other first-place winners were freshman Kyle Samuels (106), Hunter Marlowe (113), Billy Tillman (126) and senior Drew Salter (145). Freshmen Lawson Anderson (120) and Brandon Merrill (138) went 4-1 in the tournament and took second-place medals. Freshmen Seth Conner (195) and Skyler Shuman (152) came in third.
Other Gator wrestlers who saw mat time were freshmen Joel Allen (120), Wilson Joiner (160), Thomas Bowen (182) and James Hodges (138) and junior Douglas Nabert (145) with Joiner, Bowen and Nabert placing among in the top four in their weight classes.
Bulloch hosts the Region 2-AAA traditional tournament on February 5. The state tournament will be held at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus on Feb. 13-14.
Lane and Stuckey, who are both four-time region champions and two-time state champions, will lead the young but experienced squad in search of the titles.