Dawson County seniors Levi Baggett, Wyatt Smith and Kevin Arias along with juniors DJ Mitchell, Alex Payne, Briana Ray and Danny Phillips traveled to Norcross Feb. 8-9 to compete in the state sectionals, the qualifying event for the GHSA State wrestling tournament. A two-day, traditional-style event, the state sectionals brackets are comprised of the top four wrestlers in the 14 standard weight classes from each region and area in the state, with the six finalists in each class moving on to the state tournament. This year’s event featured 160 wrestlers. After a tough first day of competition, Arias ended his season with a seventh-place finish in the 126-pound weight class, while Phillips saw his day come to a close early in the 285-pound bracket. Baggett, Smith, Mitchell and Payne all remained alive as the tournament rolled into the second day.
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