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Hill places sixth in state meet
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Richmond Hill’s Alex Hill earned sixth place at 220 pounds at the Class AAAAA state traditional wrestling meet, which wrapped up Saturday in Duluth.

Hill was outweighed by 15 pounds per wrestler, RHHS head coach Robert Parker said. But Hill went 3-3 in his division, with two of his wins coming by pinfall.

In other RHHS state-meet results, Bailey Anderson went 1-2 at 106, Will Evans went 0-2 at 113, Akira Bechtel went 1-2 at 145 and Taylor Wilson went 1-2 at 182.
The Wildcats finished 22nd as a team with 18 points. Camden County won the state team title with 268.5 points.

“I thought the wrestlers did well,” Parker said. “It is very tough when you get down to the last 16 in your weight class.”
Parker added that the team accomplished a lot of its goals this season. The Wildcats went 20-5 in duals matches and claimed trophies in all but one tournament. RHHS also finished second in the region traditional tournament to Camden, and beat Ware County for the first time in school history.

Parker credited the leadership of the team’s seniors — Hill, Bechtel, Colin Crawford and Asael Hernandez — and work of assistant coaches Bill Evans and Tony Dragon.

The Wildcats expect to have a good core coming back next season. Ten underclassmen started all season long, and there were times when 11 underclassmen were in the lineup.
“With the leadership of this year’s seniors, the future is bright,” Parker said.

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