Lanier Wrestling goes to State!

Lanier Wrestling goes to State!

Lanier’s wrestling team once again surprised the region with the whole team making sectionals at the traditional region tournament. There they placed second, to the powerful Buford Wolves squad. In wrestling, the top four wrestlers at regions advance to sectionals and from there the top six go to state. After a great showing, the Lanier squad left no doubt that they belong at the State Championship. The team has become a powerhouse together. Senior team leader, Jose Aguilar talked about how he feels going into sectionals, “Whole different mind. Regions [where he placed 3rd] in the past, preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.”
Junior Cabe Doker, also expressed how he feels going into the big tournament. “I know it’s gonna be a long hard day. I know that I can go in and wrestle my hardest and earn my way to state.” Lanier had five people come in second including Cabe Doker and Tyler Ramos. Seven people came in third including Ed Sadler and Joel “J.P” Parrish with only two taking fourth. The amount of hard work that was put in did not go without rewards as the team had a very successful season individually.
Head Wrestling Coach, Coach Brenner agreed, “I felt like we were wrestling as good as we had been all year. We had a couple of weeks of great practice leading up to it and the wrestlers performed just like that. Qualified all 14… Feeling really good.”
The next weekend was Sectionals. At sectionals, every wrestler wrestled around five matches which made for a very long day. However, by the end of it, only two men remained. Both returning to state for the second time in their careers were Junior Cabe Doker and Sophomore Tyler Ramos. Sadly, none of the seniors made it past sectionals. I asked Coach Brenner what he felt went wrong: “I don’t know if it was the lights got too bright so to speak or you know maybe the situation may have been too big for some of them … You get to the sectional tournament and it’s elite wrestlers. Some of the guys that we’ve counted on all year long stepped up, Cabe and Tyler both had great tournaments, they had to wrestle six matches in one day.”
Next up was the biggest tournament of the year and what everyone works to make it to. The Georgia State Championship. The day started off with both Cabe and Tyler winning their first matches in dominant fashion to advance to the quarter-finals. Cabe lost a tough match in his second match by a score of 2-0. Ramos had another big win in the quarters to put him one match from the state championship. Doker was sent to the consolation rounds by the loss in the quarters. He won his first consolation round via pinfall in just over a minute while Tyler lost his semi-finals match 6-0. The next round Cabe wrestled to make it to the Consolation semi’s while Tyler waited to wrestle in that match for his respective weight class. Cabe won an absolute battle where he made a huge move to win 7-6 at the last second. Sadly, in the consolation semi-final round, both guys lost really difficult matches. This gave both of them the 5th place spot and ended an incredible season for both wrestlers.