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North Forsyth wrestling wins region, county teams follow behind
Lambert, South, West finished second through fourth, respectively
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Forsyth County News

North Forsyth wrestling lead the charge of county teams as they dominated the Area 6-AAAAAA tradtional tournament, hosted by North Saturday at Coal Mountain.

The Raiders led in team scoring with 262 points, followed by Lambert (262), South Forsyth (171.5) and West Forsyth (160). Overall, 12 of the 14 champions, by weight class, were from one of the Forsyth schools.

For North, the script remains the same as last season, when they won the area title in traditionals and duals. This year, the results might be sweeter, with nine of its 13 sectional qualifiers being underclassmen.

North head coach Travis Jarrard still made a point to honor his seniors, including Hunter Loyd and Jackson Bardall, who placed first in the 195 and 285 weight class, respectively.

“I really want to give a shoutout to my seniors,” Jarrard said. “We only have two team, but they stood out and won region. This entire team has had a good year. There was a chance for a letdown after the snow, but they didn't miss a beat.”

North had four region champs in total, as Cole Tenety won in the 120 class and Bradley Thomas in the 145. Thomas' “elevator roll” was the highlight of the match. Down 16-5 in points, Thomas managed to escape his opponent by rolling backward, flipping his opponent over his head, and recording a pin.

“It was definitely an awesome moment,” Jarrard said.

Lambert had 10 sectional qualifiers and tied North with four champions. Payton Mitchell (106), Eric Diemert (113), Matthew Sheetz (132) and Eric Kohlins (182) each had first place finishes.

“They wrestled really well,” Lambert head coach Kevin Contardi said. “We are excited about the next couple of weeks and still trying to get better. Hopefully we have a great sectional and get back to Gwinnett Arena the following week. We're really proud of them, they've come a long way.”

South had champions in Felipe Hayes (152) and Brennan McCrum (160), while West's Denver Stonecheck (138) and Bradley Clayton (220) took titles for the Wolverines.

South had nine qualifiers, while West had seven.

All four teams will be bracketed in the state sectionals, which will be held at Mill Creek this weekend.