Baltimore, Md. — A trio of talented seniors earns Champion status at a national level wrestling tournament over the weekend. The Buford High School varsity wrestling team packed their bags and took off for the Mount Mat Madness wrestling tournament held at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Md. The tournament began on Friday, December 27 and wrapped up on Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Buford took 10 wrestlers to the tournament where the team ultimately finished in 6th place against a field of 38 other teams from seven different states. This is the 2nd year that the Wolves have competed in this event. They finished in 2nd place last year with four champions; Logan Ashton, Nick Stonecheck, Blaine Bergey, and Evan Dimaggio.
Seniors Stonecheck (152 lbs.), Charlie Darracott (160 lbs.), and Bergey (170 lbs.) each won their weight class this year. StoneBuford also had strong finishes from JT McCullough (132 lbs.) 6th place, Talen Thompson (145 lbs.) 5th place, and Jacob Downing (182 lbs.) 6th place.
On top of earning the Champion title in the 160 lbs weight class, Darracott was also named the “Most Outstanding Wrestler” of the 2019 Mount Mat Madness Tournament beating out a very competitive field of talented wrestlers. Darracott is a Stanford commit while Stonecheck has committed to Old Dominion and Bergey to Princeton.
The Wolves will compete next at the Gwinnett County Tournament held at Mill Creek High School on January 3-4. All of these tournaments are adding valuable experience to shape these athletes into top form for the GHSA Traditional State Championships on February 13-15.
— By Alicia Couch Payne