Lee County's Rashaud Anthony was the highest Southwest Georgia finisher Saturday at the state sectional wrestling tournament, taking second place and advancing to state next week.
COLUMBUS — Two seconds.
That’s all that stood between Lee County’s Rashaud Anthony and a shot at a Class AAAA state sectional crown Saturday.
Anthony, who was one of five Lee County wrestlers to advance to the state meet, lost in the 113-pound sectional championship match when defending state champion Cameron Munsey of Pope High School got an escape with two seconds on the clock to win, 6-5.
“Obviously, your heart went out to him in such a difficult loss, but (Anthony) wrestled well,” Lee County coach Tom Matheny said. “There was a lot of mutual respect between the wrestlers. We just hope next time we get the escape with two seconds left.”
The Trojans took 12 to the sectional tournament at Northside Columbus, where the top eight in each weight class advanced to the state meet.
Colton Grove (195) and Devin Yelverton (145) placed fifth, and Britt Beshaer (126) and Alex Davis (132) finished seventh to advance.
DOUGHERTY FALLS SHORT: Dougherty coach Kareem Sanders said he expected to get at least two wrestlers through to the Class AAA state tournament, but instead all five Trojan wrestlers failed to advance out of Saturday’s sectional at Riverwood High School in Atlanta.
That’s the bad news.
The good news, however, is that four of those five Trojans will be back next year and three of them were freshmen.
“The future looks bright,” Sanders said. “We have a good foundation to build on with the four who are coming back.”
Senior Kavasae Trappier (138) had the best finish for the Trojans at 10th place. The four wrestlers who wrestled Saturday and will be back next season are Christopher Rapley (152), Deon Randolph (182), Christopher Hudson (220) and Christopher Bryant (285).
ALBANY WRESTLERS FAIL TO ADVANCE: Albany High took eight wrestlers to the Class AA sectionals at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, but the youthful Indians won’t be taking anybody to the state tournament.
Shaquille Morman made it the furthest for the Indians, losing his 160-pound semifinal match, 1-0, while Shaquil Jones, a 145-pounder, made it to the quarterfinals before losing.