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SPX Wrestlers making history!
February 2nd, 2015
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the St. Pius X Varsity Wrestling team pulled out another “First” in SPX school history. All 13 of the Pius wrestlers that participated in the Area Traditional tournament placed in the top three spots, ensuring that every wrestler advances to the State Sectional Tournament. That has never been done in school history.
Coach Lancaster entered 13 wrestlers into the Region 6-AAAA Traditional Area Tournament, and by early afternoon it was apparent that every single wrestler was going to advance to the State Sectional Tournament. All 13 wrestlers were positioned to fight for 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. What was more astonishing, is that all 13 placed in the top 3, no one ended up 4th. Because of that, the team also placed Second in the Traditional Area tournament. That too is a “First”.
Four times this season, the Pius Grapplers brought home team hardware – another first. Third Place in Troup Co, First place in Monroe, and Second place twice – in Team Areas and now Traditional Areas.
Coach Lancaster would like to extend an invitation to all to come out next Friday and Saturday to Buford High School to watch the State Sectional Tournament as the team works to make it to Traditional States in Macon on February 12th, 13th & 14th.
Here is a list of the St. Pius X Varsity Wresters that advanced to Sectionals:
106 - Freshman Gus Rodriguez – Third Place
120 - Junior Mathew Gutmann - Second Place
126 - Senior Connor Laubenthal – Third Place
132 – Freshman Max Spearman – Second Place
138 - Senior Gaelen Athanaze – Third Place
145 - Junior Colin Taylor – Third Place
152 - Senior Ty Mascara – Third Place
160 - Sophomore Jack Marsh – First Place
170 - Junior Zack Ramirez – Second Place
182 - Senior John Garner – Second Place
195 - Sophomore Kellen Haynes – Second Place
220 - Junior Eric Long – Second Place
HWT - Sophomore Hunter Kirkland – Third Place