Area wrestlers claim GHSA state titles

Seven southeast Georgia grapplers take home championships in Macon

Area wrestlers claim GHSA state titles
Smith claimed the Class AAAAA 285 lb. state title in Macon Saturday. (Source: New Hampstead Athletics)

MACON, GA (WTOC) - Seven area wrestlers are the best in Georgia.

The group won state championships at the annual meet in Macon Saturday. No area teams won state titles, but southeast Georgia was well represented on the medal stand.

Vidalia’s Tahjah Watts won the Class AA 195 pound championship for the second consecutive year. The Indian grappler beat Chattooga’s Ty Veatch by a 10-2 major decision.

Effingham County has another state wrestling champion in their program’s history. Zekeil Walls is the latest Rebel to win state gold, claiming the Class AAAAAA 220 pound championship. Walls quickly handled Lee County’s Maliik Jordan, pinning him in 52 seconds.

New Hampstead’s Ryan Smith made his final match count, winning the Class AAAAA 285 pound title. The Phoenix senior finished 5th in last year’s championships, but beat region rival Austin Blaske of South Effingham in Saturday’s final by an 11-4 decision.

Richmond Hill was unable to defend their state team title, but they didn’t leave Macon empty handed. Jakeem Littles earned the Class AAAAAA 182 pound title, winning the final over South Paulding’s Robinson Ruston.

Thrice was nice for Toombs County’s Ricardo Santana, who claimed his third career state champion. Santana took home the Class AA 132 pound medal, becoming Toombs County’s first ever three time champ. He beat Fitzgerald’s Chance Mitchell 7-1 for the title.

Pierce County’s Todd Carter joined Santana in the 132 pound champions’ club. Carter walked away with the Class AAA title in the weight class, beating Jefferson’s Ian Statia 9-4.

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