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Americus-Sumter Panther wrestlers excel at region tournament

From Staff Reports

 

COLUMBUS – The Americus-Sumter varsity wrestling team had one first-place finisher, two third-place finishers, one fourth-place finisher and one fifth-place finisher at last Saturday’s Region 1-AAAA Traditional Tournament.

A.J. Stokes, who is undefeated on the season at 19-0, defeated Wesley Morgan of Northside (Columbus) by fall. Stokes then reached the championship match against Kenorrie Brown of Dougherty and defeated him by fall to take the 182-lb weight class title. In the process, Stokes scored 24 points for the Panthers.

Calvin Wright III finished in third place in the 170-lb. weight class. In the quarterfinal round, Wright one by fall over Collin Bryant of Hardaway.

Wright lost to Marquis Sanabria of Shaw in the semifinals, but defeated Jimmy Jiminez of Cairo by fall in the consolation semifinals. Wright currently has a record of 15-7.

This put Wright in a rematch with Bryant in the third-place match and Wright defeated Bryant again to take third place in the 170-lb. weight class.

Quindarius Walker finished in third place in the 220-lb. weight class. In the quarterfinals, Walker won by fall over Gabeial Ellis of Cairo. In the semifinals, Walker lost to Reggie Mathis of Northside (Columbus) in the semifinals, but rebounded to defeat J’Shon Price of Dougherty by fall in the consolation semifinals.

This put Walker in the third-place match. Walker went on to defeat Micah Johnson of Columbus by fall to take third place in the 220-lb. weight class.

In the 285-lb. weight class, Kason Hodges has a strong showing at the region tournament with a fourth-place finish. Hodges began the tournament by losing to Mykel Williams of Hardaway in the quarterfinals. However, he bounced back by defeating Jakobi Carter of Carver (Columbus) by fall. He then went on to beat Keshawn Hearn of Shaw before losing to Williams again in the third-place match.

Last but not least, Ja’rod Lewis finished in fifth place in the 132-lb. weight class.

Lewis lost to Brian Moore of Columbus in his first and then fell to Jarrod Osei of Westover. However, he bounced back by defeating Aaron Lewark of Northside (Columbus) to take fifth place.