Photo by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro seniors Calvin Coleman (left) and his twin brother, Scott, will compete in the traditional wrestling championships this weekend in make. Coach Gene Johnson said the twins, who have a combined record of 110-13, have a good shot at making the Class AAAA finals.
JONESBORO — The last two seasons, Scott Coleman has been consistently pushing and encouraging his twin, brother Calvin.
Jonesboro state wrestling qualifiers
Wrestler Weight Class Record
Jalal Malik 113 Jr. 58-7
Calvin Coleman 120 Sr. 58-6
Scott Coleman 132 Sr. 52-7
Jermaine Millleus 138 Jr. 43-13
Source: Georgia High School Association
Scott wanted some much for brother to make the Class AAAA wrestling championship tournament. The last three seasons, Scott, had qualified for the tournament.
It was his desire both to make it in their final season at Jonesboro.
The twins got their wish as both made it through the area and Sectional tournaments. On Thursday, they will travel to Macon for the state tournament.
“I was able to accomplish a big goal,” Calvin said.
“I’ve been on him about making it to state,” Scott said of his younger sibling. “I’m happy that he will get an opportunity to go to state. He really proved himself this season.”
Last season, Scott finished fifth at the state tournament, his highest in two other previous appearances.
Jonesboro coach Gene Johnson is confident he can improve on that finish.
“He has a shot at the finals,” Johnson says without hesitation.
“Realistically, he can finish in the top six,” Johnson said. “I think he has a shot at the finals also. If they both wrestle well; they both have a lot of potential.”
This is the second time in his career at Jonesboro that Johnson has coached a set of twins. From 2003-07, he coached Kyle and Courtney Black.
Calvin compiled a 58-6 record in the 120-pound weight class while Scott amassed a 52-7 record at 132.
“They are both very athletic,” Johnson said. “They both wrestle with a lot of heart and determination.”
But what Johnson likes most is the twins’ leadership contribution to a young team. They were the only two seniors on the squad, which also included three juniors.
In addition to the twins, Jalal Malik and Jermaine Milleus also reached the state tournament.
Malik will wrestle in the 113 division and Milleus compete at 138.
“I think taking four guys to state is pretty much what we expected because of a young group,” Johnson said. “I knew it was going to be a tough job in getting more guys out of Sectionals.”
But the twins set an early tone to the Sectionals meet by advancing.
“Scott and Calvin both lead by example, and they usually set an early tone for the team,” Johnson said. “They push each other and the other kids in our program. They inspire the rest of the team to follow their example. They have definitely been a major asset to the team. Others on the team want to be like them.”