JONESBORO — The Mount Zion High School wrestling team won the Area 4-AAAAAA Traditional Championship Saturday afternoon, topping Forest Park by one point to claim the title.
Mount Zion saw 13 of its 14 wrestlers qualify for sectionals next week, which included one champion, two runner-ups and eight third-place finishers. Donovan Alexander won the 106-pound class, while Jose Mejia (113) and Jaylon Patterson (285) finished second in their weight classes. Josh Ellis (120), Max Rameau (126), D’Michael Williams (132), Duane Barton (138), Salvador Ayala (145), Harvey Brooks (160), Trevelieus Leslie (182) and Nghia Tran (195) placed third in their respective classes. JaWilliam Brown (170) and Veshon Herron (220) also moved on to sectionals for the Bulldogs.
Tran’s victory over M.L. King’s Isaiah Rogers for third place gave the Bulldogs the necessary points to top Forest Park in the team standings.
Forest Park had five individual champions but only totalled nine qualifiers for sectionals. Kenen Uribe-Ochoa (120), Steven Do (126), Alan Tran (132), Roberto Uribe-Ochoa (138) and Rayshawn Meiser (170) finished as area champions in their respective weight classes. Peter Phan (145) and Tim Hightower (160) finished as runner-up in their respective classes, while Ernesto Acosta was third at 152 and Elton Murphy fourth at 182.
Jonesboro’s Reginald Potts, Wykeith Holcombe and Shawn Lawson won the 182-, 195- and 220-pound individual titles. Teammates Jimmy Nguyen (fourth, 113) Sulayman Hydara (fourth, 120) Anthony Scandrett (fourth, 126), Myles Sanders (fourth, 138), Asia McKay (fourth 160) and Josh Mays (fourth, 285) also qualified for sectionals.
Drew’s Dahntay Jones won the 106-pound class. Mundy’s Mill’s Sherman Franklin finished first in the 152-pound division. Fellow Tigers Salim Gisse (third, 170) Daylon Etheridge (fourth, 132) and Terungwa Unongo (third, 220) all advanced to sectionals.
In Class AAAAA, Morrow and Riverdale each sent five wrestlers each to sectionals. George Cravins (120), Brenden Porter (126), Jamari Holloway (138), Jeffery Debuck (145) and Lucas Parker (182) will represent Morrow, while Neeko Page (145), Chris Watkins (152), David Price (130), Bernando Anslee (182) and Dante Walker (220) will wrestle for Riverdale. North Clayton’s Malik Batista will wrestle at sectionals at 220.
To qualify for the state championships, wrestlers must finish in the top eight of their respective weight classes at sectionals.