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 Saturday.
The wins by Kenneth Brinson in 195 pound division, Jack Trainor in the 220 division and Steven Wallace in the 285 division gave the War Eagles the title. Marist also had gold medal winners in the 138 division by Mel Bethune and the 152 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 195 title. 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 and Justin Hussein at 182. Yasir scored a pin fall over Lithonia’s Chris Nelson at the 3:38 mark of the 145 division final. Hussein battled Lakeside’s Alex Larotta in the 182 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 division title with a 7-1 decision of 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 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 class title. Mosley knocked off Marist’s Nick McGrath 8-5 for the 160 title 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 division title. Sharma took a 12-1 major decision over Lithonia’s Shamel Findley for the 113 title.
Mark Brock is the Information Officer/StatisticianWeb Manager for DeKalb County Schools Athletics