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WRESTLING ROUNDUP: North cruises to Santa Slams title
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Forsyth County News

North Forsyth wrestling cruised to the team title at the Santa Slams on Saturday at South Forsyth.

The Raiders won the two-day tournament with 255 points, ahead of Mountain View (217), South Forsyth (167), West Forsyth (120.5) and Westminster (113).

North had seven wrestlers in the finals of their respective weight classes, including five individual champions in Chase Tenety (106 pounds), Luke Slaton (132), Ara Johnson (138), Chad Warner (152) and Austin Thornton (195). Tanner Buggs lost in the finals at 160, while Steven Anthony lost in the finals at 220.

Other wrestlers who placed for North were Justin Lioti (120, third), Jake Nash (126, third), Polo Perez (152, fourth), Harrison Papineau (170, fourth), Jordan Cross (170, fifth), Hunter Loyd (182, sixth), and Zach Smith (285, fifth).

South had 12 wrestlers place, led by Brian Troye who defeated North’s Buggs in the 160 finals. Felipe Hayes lost in the finals at 138 to North’s Johnson. Tyler Crawford (170) placed third; Jackson Baraff (132), Daniel Rech (145) and Julian Escobeda (285) placed fourth; Sam Ranta (106), Creighton Shirley (113), Sid Haynes (126) and River Faulkner (182) placed fifth; and DJ Bunker (120) and Tyler Rahn (145) placed sixth for the War Eagles.

West’s top-5 finish came thanks to placing four wrestlers in the finals of their respective weight classes, led by Austin Sanders, who defeated Mountain View’s Octavian Jarda in the finals at 182. Troy Crawford lost to North’s Tenety in the finals at 106, Denver Stonecheck lost to Dunwoody’s Sunny Sharma in the finals at 120 and Jacob Miller lost to Mountain View’s Adam Flatt in the finals at 126.

Thomas Cooper and Austin Cook finished fifth at 132 and 152, respectively, for the Wolverines.

North returns to action Saturday when it hosts the Coal Mountain Classic. South returns to action Friday and Saturday at the McCallie Invitational, while West will be at North for the Coal Mountain Classic.

Lambert dominates duals

Despite missing three starters, the Longhorns captured the Fannin County Duals on Saturday with ease.

Lambert defeated Gilmer 49-18 in the championship match after dispatching Rabun Gap (72-12), Dawson County (51-27) and Towns County (78-0).

Andrew Morin, Matthew Sheetz and Logan Wood led the way for Lambert. Morin went 4-0 with two wins each at 126 and 132. Sheetz went 4-0 at 113 with all four wins coming by pin. Wood went 4-0 with four pins, two each at 195 and 220.

Other top performers for the Longhorns were Mario Mahmoud, who went 3-1 between 182 and 195, and Eric Kohlins who went 3-0 between 138 and 145.

Lambert returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Hardaway Invitational at Columbus State.