By Anthony Rhoads
ROME- Forest Park's Vannara Pom was the lone local wrestler to place in the Class AAAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Rome Forum.
Pom, a junior, finished sixth in the 171-pound division.
Pom won three straight matches on Friday to put himself into the semi-final round. He then lost two matches to drop down fifth-place consolation match, where he fell to East Coweta's Steven Proctor.
The fifth-place bout was a re-match as Pom had beaten Proctor in the quarterfinals Friday but came up short in the consolation final.
"I'm tickled to death that Pom got as far as he did," Forest Park head coach Jim Elliott said. "I'm really proud of him; he's been outstanding. When you get to the state tournament, the competition is very tough. It's the best going against the best; there's no room for error."
Forest Park sent six wrestlers to state this year, twice as many as the team sent last year.
This season was Elliott's last as Forest Park's head coach as he is retiring.
Assistant coach Glen Satell, who was also an assistant at Woodward Academy for five years, will be taking over the program next year.
Satell was a state placer as a high school wrestler in Pennsylvania and he went on to Cornell University..
"We're on the upswing," Elliott said. "He's going to be outstanding. He knows wrestling; he's already been there, done that."
Henry County was the top team from the Southern Crescent with a sixth-place finish in the team standings. Henry County's Brett Warrington won the state title at 135 pounds. Other Henry placers were Tyler Faulkner, who was fourth at 152, and Drew Yarbrough, who was sixth at 119. Eagle's Landing's Trey Fayard was sixth at 125.