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Wrestling: 15 from Forsyth County reach traditional semifinal round
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Forsyth County had 15 wrestlers reach the semifinal round of the Georgia High School Association traditional tournament Thursday, including one who became the first state placer in school history.

Two of the four 220-pound wrestlers remaining are from Forsyth County, with Lambert sophomore Thomas Dossett and North Forsyth sophomore Dylan Lyerly reaching the semifinal. Dossett won 6-4 over Rockdale County's Lesario Reid before scoring an impressive pin against Camden County's James Bledsoe, handing Bledsoe just his seventh loss all season. Lyerly improved his season record to 36-5 with an 8-2 decision over Hillgrove's Antoine Joseph and a back-and-forth 5-4 win against Collins Hill's Jaylen George in the semifinal.

Denmark senior Arthur Marsden (220) became the school's first state placer with a 10-3 win against Northside's Reggie Mathis and a first-period pin against Flowery Branch's Clay Anderson. Marsden improved his season record to 37-1 with the wins.

Lambert 120-pound wrestler Davis Dobbs also reached the semifinal round after a pair of decisions. First, Dobbs topped Lowndes' Ethan Gilbert, 2-1, then beat Camden County's Anthony Doyle 7-3 in the quarterfinal round.

North Forsyth senior Sophia Eglian (142), who last year become Forsyth County's first girls wrestling state champion, picked up a couple of pins in the first two rounds, pinning Hampton's Hannah Delgado in the first period before pinning Kell's Reagan Masters in the quarterfinal round.

North Forsyth junior Bentley Wheeler (160) reached the semifinal and improved his season record to 44-2 with a couple of early pins. Wheeler took a 6-1 lead against North Paulding's Matt Veiga in the first period with a couple of takedowns and a near fall, then pinned Veiga in the second period. Wheeler then pinned Kennesaw Mountain's Victor Salinas in the first round of the quarterfinal.

West Forsyth junior Daba Fofana (182) scored a major decision against Camden County's Travis Summers in the first round, building an 8-2 lead in the first two rounds before a takedown and a stalling penalty handed him a 13-3 win. Fofana was challenged in the quarterfinal against Brookwood's Landen Moss, but a six-point third period allowed Fofana to pull away, 12-8.

Neither of Dylan Fairchild's opponents made it out of the first period, as West Forsyth's junior used a pair of pins to cruise to a spot in the 285-pound semifinal.

Noah Amick (106) reached the semifinal with a pair of pins, beating Mountain View's Alvaro Reyes in the first period, then breaking a 4-4 tie with Collins Hill's Michael Madrela with a second-period pin.

West Forsyth junior Chase Murray (113) beat a familiar opponent on his way to a semifinal appearance, pinning North Gwinnett's Josh Stephenson before earning a 14-8 win against South Forsyth junior Juan Cruz in the quarterfinal. Cruz scored a pair of reversals and a takedown in the final period, but Murray matched it with a near fall, a takedown and a pair of escapes.

West Forsyth junior Ethan Rickert (152) continued his dominant season, improving his record to 30-2 with a couple of first-period pins against Collins Hill's Jordan St. Prueve in the first round and Lowndes' Canyon Hebb in the quarterfinal. 

Forsyth Central junior Avery Krippner (170) also pinned his way to the semifinal round, racking up a 12-0 lead against Mill Creek's Nick Allen before a second-period pin, then pinning Lowndes' Gareth Chaney in the first round of the quarterfinal. 

Forsyth Central senior Branden Redecker reached the 195-semifinal with a quick pin against Camden County's Deanthony Hendrix and a 7-1 win against Gavin Guerra in the quarterfinal.

Pinecrest Academy junior Mark Metz (126), who won a state championship last year at 106 pounds, earned a spot in the quarterfinal after a first-round bye, then beat Holy Innocents' Reagan Sherk, 6-0, to reach the semifinal.

Pinecrest Academy senior Joseph Metz (152) also reached the semifinal after a first-round bye, pinning St. Anne-Pacelli's James McCamy in the second period to secure his spot.