Buford is the team to beat in Class AAAAA. Junior Logan Ashton and sophomores Charlie Darracott and Nick Stonecheck headline Tom Beuglas’ Buford squad, which won the Area 8 finals with a dominating 67-12 victory over host Clarke Central. Locust Grove, Ola and Cass are all looking to dethrone the Wolves, who won their second duals title last season.
No team has dominated wrestling in the state quite like Jefferson. The Dragons have won a state duals title every year the event has been held (2002 was the inaugural competition) and will look to win yet another as a Class AAAA school. Jefferson coach Doug Thurmond is a member of the Georgia chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and has the likes of Dawson Bates, Cole Potts and Ian Statia as top wrestlers on the roster.
Bremen won the 2017 championship, the program’s fourth duals title, but will have stiff competition in Class AAA. The Blue Devils won the Area 3 title 41-33 over Sonoraville with strong performances from the likes of Koby Cook, Jacob Miles and Aaron Brock, but North Hall has had a great season as well and is a top contender to win the classification.
Social Circle has dominated Class AA for the past three seasons, sweeping the dual and traditional titles each year since 2015. The Redskins handled Elbert County 66-6 in their Area 4 championship matchup to enter Macon as the favorite once again; before the Area title, Social Circle was the champion of the GA/SC Border Wars Duals in December.