Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

February 17, 2013

Lowndes’ Moody repeats as a state wrestling champion

Hunter Kelley of Berrien also won a state title

MACON — For the second year in a row, Matthew Moody is a state champion.

Moody won his second straight state wrestling championship on Saturday at the Macon Coliseum. Moody, who wrestles for Lowndes, defeated Zach Wright from Archer 6-3 in the finals of the 152-pound Class 6A state tournament.

Moody, a junior, has not lost a match since his freshman year. He went 40-0 last season and 45-0 this season. His overall record in three years at Lowndes is 138-6.

Last year, Moody was the Class 5A state champion at 145 pounds. He is the only wrestler from Lowndes to win two state championships this century.

“He had a great tournament. He’s had a great year,” Lowndes head coach Spencer Graybeal said. “He’s just an all-around great kid. He wrestles real hard. He works hard every day in practice.”

Moody was one of three Vikings to place in the state tournament. Lowndes’ Austin Ogburn placed fifth in the 195-pound state tournament, while Davis Ison came in sixth at 132 pounds.

The three state placers helped Lowndes finish eighth at the state tournament, with 50.5 points.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” Graybeal said. “They fought hard. We had two guys place that hadn’t placed before. (Moody, Ogburn and Ison) are all coming back next year. We set some goals, and we got there, and I’m just as happy as I can be for them.”

Archer, which had four individual champions, was the Class 6A state team champions. Longtime wrestling power Collins Hill was second, with two state champs and 118.5 points, while Camden County placed third with 117.5 points.

Valdosta finished 15th in the 6A standings with 33 points, and had two state placers.

“I’m happy to come away with two state placers,” Valdosta head coach Benjy Scarbor said.

Clarence Williams of Valdosta finished second in the 145-pound weight class. Williams made it to the finals before losing to Thomas Bullard of Archer. Williams finished the season with a 59-6 record.

“Overall, I think he’ll be proud of his career at Valdosta. (He earned) three region titles and a state runner-up,” Scarbor said.

Valdosta’s Reginald Dennis finished fifth at 120 pounds. Dennis reached the semifinals of the tournament on Friday, before losing to eventual state champion Ryan Milhoff of Collins Hill, then moved into the consolation bracket, where he wound up fifth.

Scarbor said the Wildcats have improved tremendously since the beginning of the season.

Moody and Colquitt County’s Travis Register (who finished first at 220 pounds) were the two state champions from Region 1-6A.

——

Berrien’s Hunter Kelley also won a state championship on Saturday in Macon.

Hunter won the 120-pound Class AA state championship. He defeated Christopher Harvey of Riverside Military Academy 8-6 in the finals.

Kelley finished the 2012-13 season with a perfect 35-0 record.

Berrien finished 15th in the team standings at the AA state tournament. Cook was 27th.

Cook’s Raheem Coxfield finished fifth in the 170-pound weight class.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • VHS practice1.jpg Getting Back to Work

    Friday officially began the 2014 season for the Valdosta Wildcats and both the offense and defense came out and made statements.
    After holding spring and summer workouts, the Wildcats will practice four more times without pads before beginning full pad practice next week.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lowndes_Brooks1.jpg Lowndes second-most dominant program in state since 2004

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Falcons_Jones.jpg Falcons open camp with ‘sense of urgency’

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Padres_braves.jpg Padres, Hahn silence Braves

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former Blazer Kugbila out for season

    Now, after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, this signals another hardship for the promising guard.

    July 25, 2014

  • LHS baseball signing Two Lowndes grads sign scholarships

    Lowndes graduates Henry Hoff and Nick Higginbotham decided to take the next step in their respective baseball careers together on Thursday as both signed a letter-of-intent with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Blazers Blog
More