Forest Park places three at S. Metro

By Anthony Rhoads

Forest Park placed three wrestlers in the annual South Metro Invitational Saturday at Luella High School.

Antonio Harvey finished second in the 215-pound division. He lost the final match to Eagle's Landing's Drew Glenn.

Chris Tucker lost to Henry County's Mac Daniel in the finals of the 189-pound division.

In the 171-pound division, Victor Martinez finished third.

Jonesboro's Kyle Ragan was the only other Clayton County wrestler to place.

Ragan finished sixth in the 125-pound division.

Forest Park placed 14th in the final team standings with 70.5 points in the 22-team tournament. Jonesboro was 19th with 24 poitns, Lovejoy was 21nd with 15 points and Mt. Zion was 22rd with 8 points.

Henry County won the tournament with 265 team points.

Luella, which is coached by former Jonesboro head coach Clay Woerner, placed 16th with 56 team points.

Ninth South Metro victory: This year's tournament was Henry County head coach Marty Hutsell's ninth South Metro victory.

Hutsell, the former head coach at McIntosh and the old Feldwood High School, guided McIntosh to eight straight South Metro championships.

Hutsell also coached McIntosh to two state titles and Feldwood to two state championships.

"I put a lot of emphasis on this because we live on this side of town," Hutsell said. "It's a tremendous tournament and it's nice to win. I'm happy that we won. One of our goals was to win this thing."

Henry County placed 12 wrestlers in the top six.

Three Henry County wrestlers won their weight divisions including Chad Kellett (103), Brett Warrington (125) and Mac Daniel (189).

Winning experience: Saturday's South Metro feature five head coaches who had won the tournament in the past.

The coaches include Henry County's Marty Hutsell, Fayette County's Jim Bailey, Woodward Academy's Pete Fritts, Starr's Mill's Mickey Statham and Stockbridge's Don Williams.

Even though he's at Stockbridge now, Williams coach Eagle's Landing to the South Metro title in 2001. He also coached Eagle's Landing to three South Metro runner-ups.