MACON -- The future is bright for the Deerfield-Windsor wrestling program.
The Knights finished in the Top 10 at state in Macon for the first time in school history over the weekend as they took ninth overall and had six wrestlers place -- four of which are underclassmen.
Leading the way was freshman Reid Wright, who just missed out on winning state when he finished runner-up in the 112-pound weight class. Wright finished the season with a 14-5 record.
Coach Scott Horton said Wright's finish only furthers the notion that wrestling may soon become yet another sport the Knights can one-day dominate.
"This is the first time this program has placed in the Top 10 and we're only losing two guys," Horton said. "Plus, this season we had a (record) number of kids come out -- 22 total -- and this program just keeps growing each year. It's a great sign of things to come."
Taking third place was one of those seniors, Matthew Trammel, who won the consolation finals at 189 pounds. Horton said Trammell's progression this season was nothing short of amazing.
"He did everything right. He came in at about 211 this year, went on his diet and got down to 189 and just had a really great senior year," Horton said of Trammell, who finished the season 20-3 -- the best record of any DWS wrestler. "He showed the younger kids how it's done and that's invaluable for the future of this program."
The Knights also had three fourth-place finishers -- junior Harrison Stadnik (215 pounds), sophomore Chandler Lane (130) and senior Mac Lanier (145). Stadnik finished with a 14-5 record and Lane was 17-5 overall.
Freshman Haden Stuart finished sixth at 103 pounds.
"Last year at state we only had one to medal and that was Lanier (with a fourth-place finish). Stadnik is a junior and is expected to help lead next year's team," Horton said. "However, we have several young wrestlers, such as Lane, Noah Horton (a sophomore state qualifier), as well as Wright, Stuart and some up-and-coming freshmen and eight graders expected to help us push for even better results next year."
TWO PLACE FOR SHERWOOD:
The Eagles had two wrestlers place at state over the weekend: Javaz Williams (3rd place, 171 pounds) and DeAndre Taylor (8th, 285).
TWO PLACE FOR WESTWOOD:
At heavyweight, Westwood's Carlton Brooks took 4th at the state meet, while Clayton Lamar (189) finished 6th.