Raiders Sending 4 to State Wrestling Tournament

Raiders Sending 4 to State Wrestling Tournament

The Wrestling team had great success at the 2019 Sectional Traditional Tournament held at Union Grove High School on February 8 and 9. Following the Area 6-AAAAA Traditional Duals, the Raiders had 12 wrestlers advancing to the Sectional Tournament. Of the 12 grapplers competing at Sectionals, four finished in the top 8 and are advancing to the 2019 State Tournament in Macon. Congratulations and good luck to Seniors Alex Gruenig and AJ Harris, and Juniors Tim Stewart and Nico Salvatori.

 
Coming off their first place finish in the 2019 Area 6-AAAAA Traditional Tournament, the Raiders traveled to Union Grove for the Class AAAAA - Sectional B State Qualifier. To advance to the State Tournament, each individual wrestler needed to place in the top eight of their weight class. Last year, the Raiders sent 11 grapplers to the Sectionals; this year, the Raiders sent 12.

In the first ever Girls Sectional Tournament, the Raiders had an outstanding showing. Senior Kelly Jimenez (106) finished in 2nd place, senior Daisy Leepson (116) finished 4th, and Freshman Diana Jimenez (126) finished 3rd.

In the Boys competition, Harris (145) and Stewart (152) both took away any doubts of qualifying by winning their first two matches on Friday night to lock in their bracket entry to the State Tournament. After Saturday's matches, they finished 5th and 6th respectively. Gruenig and Salvatori took the long way back through the consolation brackets to punch their tickets to State. Gruenig (132), with 4 wins, finished 7th. Salvatori (170), with 5 wins, finished 5th.

The 2019 State AAAAA tournament is February 13-16 in Macon.

Sectional Tournament Notes:
Boys
120  Aldair Damian 
• Champ. Round 1 - Rees Hunter (Cass) won by fall over Damian Aldair (Riverwood) (Fall 1:33)
• Cons. Round 1 - King Brandon (Dutchtown) won by forfeit over Damian Aldair (Riverwood)  (For.)

132  Alex Gruenig
• Champ. Round 1 - Gruenig Alex (Riverwood) won by fall over Hayden Morgan (Jones County)  (Fall 0:36)
• Quarterfinal - Fredeman Joseph (Kell) won by decision over Gruenig Alex (Riverwood) (Dec 6-2)
• Cons. Round 2 - Gruenig Alex (Riverwood)  won by fall over Yarley Bryson (Thomas County Central)  (Fall 1:29)
• Cons. Round 3 - Carroll Justin (Paulding County)  won by fall over Gruenig Alex (Riverwood)  (Fall 4:22)
• 7th Place Match - Gruenig Alex (Riverwood)  won by fall over Lester Jered (Decatur)  (Fall 3:51)

138 Ronan Quigley 
• Champ. Round 1 - Depasquale Kameron (Cass) won by fall over Quigley Ronan (Riverwood) (Fall 5:57)
• Cons. Round 1 - Quigley Ronan (Riverwood) won by fall over Glover Kendall (Bainbridge)  (Fall 4:59)
• Cons. Round 2 - Brooks Ashtyn (East Paulding) won by decision over Quigley Ronan (Riverwood) (Dec 8-1)
• Cons. Round 3 - Hasbrouck Devyn (Veterans) won by decision over Quigley Ronan (Riverwood)  (Dec 6-2)

145 AJ Harris
• Champ. Round 1 - Harris Jeffrey (Riverwood) won by decision over Diallo Kalyl (Dutchtown)  (Dec 10-3)
• Quarterfinal - Harris Jeffrey (Riverwood) won by decision over Hamilton Keegan (East Paulding) (Dec 7-2)
• Semifinal - Massey Brady (Union Grove)  won by fall over Harris Jeffrey (Riverwood) (Fall 2:54)
• Cons. Semi - Moats Hunter (Locust Grove) won by major decision over Harris Jeffrey (Riverwood) (MD 14-5)
• 5th Place Match - Harris Jeffrey (Riverwood) won by decision over Vorse Tanner (Veterans) (Dec 6-2)

152 Tim Stewart
• Champ. Round 1 - Stewart Tim (Riverwood) won by fall over Harris Hunter (Bainbridge) (Fall 1:58)
• Quarterfinal - Stewart Tim (Riverwood) won by fall over Howlett Tyler (Paulding County) (Fall 1:17)
• Semifinal - Morrissey Francis (Veterans) won by tech fall over Stewart Tim (Riverwood) (TF-1.5 2:00 (20-4))
• Cons. Semi - Schrenk Jacob (Harris County) won by fall over Stewart Tim (Riverwood) (Fall 1:32)
• 5th Place Match - Howlett Tyler (Paulding County) won by fall over Stewart Tim (Riverwood) (Fall 1:57)

160 Tres Forbes
• Champ. Round 1 - Fordham Caleb (Ola) won by fall over Forbes Kuntrevious (Riverwood) (Fall 2:27)
• Cons. Round 1 - Colson Zion (Thomas County Central) won by fall over Forbes Kuntrevious (Riverwood) (Fall 2:35)

170 Nico Salvatori 
• Champ. Round 1 - Salvatori Nicolo (Riverwood) won by fall over Ballard Kahbriel (Stockbridge) (Fall 3:35)
• Quarterfinal - Emfinger David (Harris County) won by fall over Salvatori Nicolo (Riverwood) (Fall 3:44)
• Cons. Round 2 - Salvatori Nicolo (Riverwood) won by fall over Hopgood Jaiden (Decatur) (Fall 2:03)
• Cons. Round 3 - Salvatori Nicolo (Riverwood) won by fall over Dublin Avery (Banneker) (Fall 1:14)
• Cons. Semi - Jones Matthew (Kell) won by fall over Salvatori Nicolo (Riverwood) (Fall 3:39)
• 5th Place Match - Salvatori Nicolo (Riverwood) won by fall over Quinton Clayton (Locust Grove) (Fall 0:29)

182 Maceo Ross 
• Champ. Round 1 - Kresge Hunter (Kell) won by decision over Ross Maceo (Riverwood) (Dec 3-0)
• Cons. Round 1 - Ross Maceo (Riverwood) won by decision over Riley Ashton (Stockbridge) (Dec 7-4)
• Cons. Round 2 - Katz Evan (Decatur) won by major decision over Ross Maceo (Riverwood) (MD 11-3)
• Cons. Round 3 - Ross Maceo (Riverwood) won by forfeit over Bevins Jesse (Lithia Springs) (For.)
• 9th Place Match - Hecht Alex (Ola) won by fall over Ross Maceo (Riverwood) (Fall 3:42)

220 Michael Simon 
• Champ. Round 1 - Gooch Javen (Warner Robins) won by fall over Simon Michael (Riverwood) (Fall 0:45)
• Cons. Round 1 - Ortiz Gerardo (Villa Rica) won by fall over Simon Michael (Riverwood) (Fall 1:31)

Girls
106 Kelly Jimenez-Santana
• Semifinal - Kelly Jimenez-Santana (Riverwood) won by fall over Abigail Sinclair (Carrollton) (Fall 1:09)
• 1st Place Match - Savannah Lackey (Paulding County) won by fall over Kelly Jimenez-Santana (Riverwood) (Fall 1:04)

116 Daisy Leepson 
• Quarterfinal - Daisy Leepson (Riverwood) won by fall over Hailey Spraggins (Veterans) (Fall 5:18)
• Semifinal - Amani Jones (Ola) won by fall over Daisy Leepson (Riverwood) (Fall 0:56)
• 3rd Place Match - Sara Henderson (Hiram) won by fall over Daisy Leepson (Riverwood) (Fall 0:56)

126 Diana Jimenez-Santana 
• Semifinal - Samantha Scarbrough (Harris County) won by major decision over Diana Jimenez-Santana (Riverwood) (MD 10-2)
• Cons. Semi - Diana Jimenez-Santana (Riverwood) won by fall over Arianna Martinez (Hiram) (Fall 0:15)
• 3rd Place Match - Diana Jimenez-Santana (Riverwood) won by fall over Stephanie Hill (East Paulding) (Fall 0:47)