A pair of DeKalb County Schools' wrestlers had their hands raised in the championship matches of their respective weight classes to bring two gold medals home to DeKalb County from the GHSA Traditional State Wrestling Tournament in Macon on Saturday.
McNair senior Khalil Williams, a fourth place finisher at state a year ago, wrapped up an impressive 56-1 season by sweeping three matches to capture the gold in the 120 pound weight class of the Class AAA State Tournament to become McNair's first ever wrestling state champion.
Williams opened the state tournament with a pin of Morgan County's Jacob McAlister and pushed his way into the championship match with a 7-4 decision over St. Pius X's Quinn Peragrine.
The title match pitted Williams against Ringgold's Sam Shepard with the McNair senior getting a pin to capture the state title.
Williams was coached by Quincey Bryant and Ramon Tillery at McNair which won its first DeKalb County Wrestling Championship in 2012.
The second gold came from Southwest DeKalb Panther sophomore Abdur-Rahman Yasin who won four consecutive matches to take the 145 class in the Class AAAAA State Tournament. Yasin finished the season with a 42-1 record and gave Coach Keith Johnson his second consecutive state champion following Gabriel Echols gold medal performance a year ago.
The tournament opener for Yasin was a pin at the 6:57 mark of the match against Effingham's AJ Bird to move into the quarterfinals against Richmond Hill's Ian Phifer. Yasin took the match with Phifer by a technical fall score of 19-4 to reach the semifinal round.
Loganville's Caleb King won his first two matches by pin fall and forced Yasin to go the full distance before falling 10-3 and propelling the Southwest sophomore into the gold medal match against Isaac King of Ware County.
King had advanced to the final with a 4-2 win over Ean Wilson of OLA. Yasin managed his second pin of the tournament putting King's shoulders to the mat at the 5:45 mark to capture the gold medal.
This year marks the first time since 2008 for DeKalb to bring home two gold medals. Tucker's Pawlloes Belete and Clarkston's Terrance Gaddy (won gold in 2009 as well) captured titles in Class AAAA and Class AAA, respectively. It also gives DeKalb an eight-year run with a state wrestling champion.
Stephenson picked up a pair of bronze medals as seniors Stephen Wylie (152) and Darion Perry (170) who battled back from earlier tournament losses to win the Class AAAAA bronze medal round.
Perry, who was named the Most Valuable Wrestler at the DeKalb County Wrestling Championships in January, dropped a semifinal decision in the main draw before bouncing back with a pair of wins to take the bronze. Perry reached the bronze medal match with a 16-4 major decision over Effingham's Tim Pratt. The consolation final has Perry taking on Javeon Brigham of Lakeside-Evans with Perry coming out with a 6-1 victory to claim the medal.
Wylie also dropped a state semifinal match before battling his way back to take the bronze medal. Wyle had to get past Allatoona's Will Kemp in the consolation semifinals to reach the finals. He made it with a slim 1-0 victory.
Wylie's opponent in the finals was John's Creek's Justin Pettyjohn who he dispatched with a 16-5 major decision to claim the bronze prize.
In other Class AAAAA action Dunwoody's Sunny Sharma took fourth in the 113 pound division by falling in the consolation finals 7-3 to miss out on the bronze. Southwest DeKalb's Muadh As-Siddiq grabbed fifth in the Class AAAA 106 division with a 19-5 major decision over Josh Tazella of Pope. Arabia Mountain's Alema Favors also took fifth in the 126 class with a 12-5 decision over Kalvin Harris of Northside-Columbus.
Damian Scholfield of Stone Mountain came up on the short end of an 11-6 decision in the Class AAAA bronze medal match in the 170 class. Scholfield had to win three consecutive matches to reach the consolation finals after dropping his second round match in the tournament.
McNair's Zeontaye McCoy and Towers' Derival Stevenson each took a sixth place finish in Class AAA wrestling in the 132 and 182 classes, respectively.
Southwest DeKalb finished 11th in the Class AAAAA team standings with 47.50 points and Stephenson was in a tie for 21st with 33.00 points.
Stone Mountain was the leader in Class AAAA for DeKalb with 19 points to finish 28th overall in the team standings while McNair led the way in Class AAA with a 13th place finish with 29.00 points.