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PHS wrestling heads to state


PHS Dragon wrestlers placed third in the region and broke a school record with eight members qualifying for state.

Below, Andrew Burrell (left) and Wesley Sultan in action at the region tournament held at Pickens High School. (Action photos/Robin Dunn)

By Keith Petty

On the weekend of February 6 and 7,  Pickens High School hosted the high school region wrestling tournament. PHS wrestlers turned out with a great display of skill against their opponents. As a whole, the Dragons placed third in region competition, with Northwest Whitfield and Central Carroll narrowly taking second and first, respectively. 

Individually, the team broke a school record by qualifying eight wrestlers for the state championship matches. The following wrestlers placed in the top three in the region and wrestle this Thursday in Macon: 1st- CJ Murphy - senior, 4x region champ, 4x state qualifier, second-time state placer- 2nd in 2019 & 2020; 2nd- Andrew Burrell - senior 2x state qualifier; Julian Jacobs - senior, and  Zak Price - senior, 2x state qualifier; 3rd- Chris Knight, freshman; Dylan Gonzalez - freshman; Wesley Sultan - senior; and Kaleb Nicholson, sophomore, 2x state qualifier. 

     In addition, PHS is also extremely proud to announce two young ladies will also be competing in the girls’ state championship wrestling tournament. Sophomore Maggie Bautista and Junior Emma Ferguson will wrestle Wednesday. 

PHS wishes these young ladies and gentlemen the best in their travels and matches under the guidance of Coach Brandon Tippens.