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Wrestling: Eight county wrestlers secure spots in state traditional finals

Forsyth County will be highly represented at the GHSA state traditional finals on Saturday, with eight wrestlers from four county schools set to compete for state championships in Macon.

The marquee matchup of the day will be an intracounty bout for the 220-pound title between North Forsyth's Dylan Lyerly and Lambert's Thomas Dossett. Both wrestlers got out of the semifinal round by a slim margin, with each of them winning by a 2-1 decision. Lyerly secured a takedown in the last 10 seconds of his match to secure the win.

Also representing North will be Bentley Wheeler at 160 pounds, after he came from behind to defeat Grayson's Davon Mayfield by fall. Forsyth Central will have two wrestlers in the finals in Avery Krippner (170) and Branden Redecker (195). Krippner won his semifinal bout with Camden County's Cody Herrin by a 3-2 decision, while Redecker pinned Marietta's Cohl Husbands in 1:53 to reach the finals.

Dylan Fairchild will be West Forsyth's sole representative in the final round. He'll have a chance to complete a dominant tear through Class 7A's 285-pound bracket: He pinned Rockdale County's Edward Pollard (1:34) in the semis, and none of his matchups have gone past the first period. 

Both of Pinecrest Academy's participants at the state meet will compete for titles in Class 1A, with brothers Joe and Mark Metz wrestling at 152 and 126, respectively. Mark Metz will be looking for his second-consecutive state title after winning at 106 pounds last year.