Four DeKalb County Schools wrestling teams are competing in the 2013 Georgia High School State Team Duals in Macon this week.
Southwest DeKalb (Area 6-AAAAA champion), Stephenson (Area 6-AAAAA runner-up) and Lithonia (Area 6-AAAA runner-up) all dropped first round matches on Thursday and will be in the wrestle backs of the consolation bracket today (Friday).
McNair (Area 6-AAA runner-up) takes on Sonoraville this morning in first action in Class AAA competition. McNair is led by seniors Khalil Williams (fourth at Traditional State meet in the 120 pound class in 2012), Zeontaye McCoy (1st in Area in the 132 pound class in 2012) and Dontavious Smith (first in Area in the 182 pound class in 2013).
Southwest DeKalb dropped a tough 43-23 decision to Whitewater in the opening round of the team duals on Thursday. The Panthers take on Hardaway, a 60-15 loser to Pope on opening day, in the first round of the wrestle backs today. Senior Corey Strickland, the 2012 DeKalb County and Area 6-AAAA 145 class champion, leads the way for the Panthers.
Stephenson fell 58-19 to a tough Woodland-Cartersville squad and face Jones County which fell 61-18 to Creekview on Thursday. Seniors Stephen Wiley (First in Area and sixth in state in the 152 pound class in 2012) and Darian Perry, the 2012 DeKalb County and Area 160 class champion, anchor the Jaguar lineup.
Lithonia battled Locust Grove before falling 45-24 in the opening round of the Class AAAA Tournament and will tangle with South Effingham, a 60-10 loser to Carrollton, in the AAAA wrestle backs today. Sophomore Kirkglen Hudson entered the tournament at 30-0 with 20 pins in the 106 pound class on the season and leads the team along with fellow sophomore Shamel Findley who is 31-5 with 22 pins in the 113 class.