Wrestling Roundup: What 43 Savannah Area Wrestles Pin GHSA State Championship Appearances?

By Prep Sports Report Staff | February 12, 2024

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A total of 43 wrestlers from the Savannah area qualified for the Georgia High School Association state championships after performing well at their respective sectionals over the weekend. The local grapplers faced tough competition but showcased their talent and grit on the mat.


South Effingham High School led the charge with a dominant performance, sending an impressive 12 wrestlers to the state championships. Emilio Santana (120 lbs), Eli Wood (138 lbs), Brandon Bringer (157 lbs), and Ashton Anderson (285 lbs) all claimed individual section titles. At the same time, their teammates secured additional podium finishes to solidify the team's presence at the state meet.


Calvary Day School also enjoyed a successful sectional run, with Brogan Flannigan (175 lbs) securing the school's first-ever individual championship. The Cavaliers wrestling team secured state appearances as five wrestlers finished in the top 4. Kaiden Holloway (120 lbs) and Davis Richardson (190 lbs) were runners-up, while Brexton Bell (157 lbs) and Chpper Creager (285 lbs) placed third. Maddox Vasquez (126 lbs) finished fourth.


Benedictine's Xander Argentinis (157 lbs) put on a commanding performance to win his weight class. Connor Desautels (126 lbs) claimed third, while Windsor Forest's Zahmir Watkins (120 lbs) and Francisco Mozingo (215 lbs) also impressed with third-place finishes. Izzy West, a female wrestler from Richmond Hill High School weighing 106 lbs, was the only one from her area to finish first and advance. These individual achievements and strong performances from other local wrestlers ensure a well-represented Savannah contingent at the state championships.


The GHSA state wrestling championships will be held at the Macon Centreplex starting on Thursday, February 15th, with the championship matches taking place on Saturday, February 17th. With 43 local wrestlers vying for glory on the state stage, Savannah is poised for an exciting and potentially record-breaking showing at the biggest wrestling event in Georgia.


GHSA Wrestling

1A Section B

Bryan County

175 Raul Parrish (20-8) placed 6th 

215 Carlos Arias (30-7) placed 6th 

285 Byron Lewis (21-10) placed 6th 


Class 2A Section B

Windsor Forest

120 Zahmir Watkins (22-6) placed 3rd 

215 Francisco Mozingo (25-6) placed 4th


Class 3A Section A


120 Kaidan Holloway (36-9) placed 2nd 

126 Maddox Vasquez (20-11) placed 4th 

157 Brexton Bell (22-6) placed 3rd 

175 Brogan Flannigan (44-5) placed 1st 

190 Davis Richardson (40-8) placed 2nd 

285 Chipper Creager (44-7) placed 3rd 


Class 4A Section A


106 Aiden Simmons (48-9) placed 4th 

126 Connor Desautels (48-11) placed 3rd 

157 Xander Argentinis (38-17) placed 1st 

285 Kameron Cody (17-8) placed 6th and 


Class 5A Section A


138 Malachi Williams (37-11) placed 6th 

285 Bryce Anderson (32-16) placed 4th 


Class 6A Section B


150 Kevin Poythress (22-10) placed 6th 


South Effingham 

106 Christopher Hardeman (51-10) placed 5th 

113 Alarik Gibson (49-10) placed 4th 

120 Emilio Santana (53-6) placed 1st 

126 Jacob Stellhorn (45-11) placed 2nd 

132 Brayden Bringer (54-8) placed 6th 

138 Eli Wood (54-7) placed 1st 

144 Gannon White (48-6) placed 3rd 

157 Brandon Bringer (55-1) placed 1st 

165 Bobby Craun (34-13) placed 4th 

175 DaMyon McFarlin (50-4) placed 2nd 

215 Christopher Lord (52-10) placed 5th 

285 Ashton Anderson (56-5) placed 1st 


Class 7A Section A

Richmond Hill High School

106 Carter Anderson (34-10) placed 3rd 

120 Brenden Fair (16-5) placed 4th 

138 Cody Willoughby (36-7) placed 3rd 

144 Miller Osteen (13-5) placed 2nd 

175 Noah Hampton (31-10) placed 5th 

190 Trey Bowkett (24-12) placed 4th 

215 Blake Whittaker (16-14) placed 5th 


GIRLS Section 2

Richmond Hill

110 Izzy West (30-2) placed 1st 



PHOTO Credit: Calvary Day School social media pages


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