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Wrestling Trojans repeat as state’s best

There was nothing hinky about who won this year’s Class A Duals state high school wrestling championship. It was Gordon Lee — and only Gordon Lee.

Having acquired an insurmountable 33-18 lead in the championship round, Gordon Lee’s wrestling Trojans forfeited the final two individual matches to defeat the Holy Innocents by a final score of 33-30 Saturday, Jan. 12

This was Gordon Lee’s second consecutive state championship, but this year’s victory took place on the mats at the Centreplex in Macon, not in some conference room.

The same two teams faced off in last year’s championship match, one that ended with the Holy Innocents being declared champions following a controversial final score of 31-25.

But Chickamauga City School officials appealed that outcome and in March 2012, the Georgia High School Association’s executive committee corrected a scoring error to give the Trojans a 29-25 victory over the Atlanta-area school.

Rather than strip the Holy Innocents of the title, the GHSA recognized the Trojans as champions and named the Golden Bears co-champions for 2012.

This year Gordon Lee, after losing the first match of the day, built such a commanding lead that the team was able to forfeit its last two matches due to injuries.

“This year was actually closer than last year,” coach Brent Raby said of the dual-match victory. “We’re senior-heavy this year with a really talented group, and it is good that they could go out with a pair of state runner-up finishes and two state duals championships.

“Our goal now is to win the state traditional tournament the third weekend in February. I hope we qualify wrestlers in all 14 weight divisions for that tournament.”

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