The Marist War Eagles swept the final three championship matches to get past Southwest DeKalb 223-210 to win the 2013 William S. Venable DeKalb County Wrestling Championship at Tucker High School on Jan. 26.
Wins by Kenneth Brinson in the 195-pound division, Jack Trainor in the 220-pound division and Steven Wallace in the 285 division gave the War Eagles the title. Marist also had gold medal winners in the 138-pound division by Mel Bethune and the 152-pound division by Matt Andres for a total haul of five in the championships.
Brinson won by default over Miller Grove’s Wesley Williams 4:32 into the match to take the title in the 195-pound division. Trainor followed with a 10-2 decision over Lithonia’s Devon Wallace and Steven Wallace rounded out the final three-sweep with a 13-9 decision over Miller Grove’s Thadius Nelson.
Southwest DeKalb’s second place finish was fueled by gold medal performances from Abdur-Rahman Yasir at 145-pound and Justin Hussein at 182-pound. Yasir scored a pin fall over Lithonia’s Chris Nelson at the 3:38 mark of the 145-pound division final. Hussein battled Lakeside’s Alex Larotta in the 182-pound division and took a close 16-13 decision.
Defending champion McNair had a pair of gold medal performers in Khalil Williams (120) and Zeontaye McCoy (132) to finish third overall with 190 points. Williams defended his 120-pound division title with a 7-1 decision over St. Pius’ Quinn Peragine. McCoy scored a major decision 9-1 victory over Chamblee’s Tyrone Carter at 132.
Lithonia finished just behind McNair with 188 points led by the 106-pound division champion Kirkglen Hudson and three silver medalists in Shamel Findley (113), Chris Nelson (145) and Devon Wallace (220). Hudson won the smallest weight class with a 17-14 victory over Muadh As-Siddiq of Southwest DeKalb.
Stephenson’s Darian Perry won the 170-pound division and then tacked on the William S. Venable MVP Award in leading the Jaguars to a fifth place finish overall with 122 points. Perry won a 15-0 technical fall decision over Damian Schofield of Stone Mountain to take the 170 class.
Deunte Mosley led Stone Mountain to an eighth place finish with 82 points by winning the 160 division gold and Alema Favors helped Arabia Mountain finish in the Top 10 by taking the 126-pound class title. Mosley knocked off Marist’s Nick McGrath 8-5 for the 160-poundtitle while Favors took a 13-2 major decision over Southwest DeKalb’s Devin Childs.
Dunwoody’s Sunny Sharma rounded out the gold medal winners as he took the 113-pounddivision title. Sharma took a 12-1 major decision over Lithonia’s Shamel Findley for the 113 title.