ADEL -- If there was any question about how good Cook High's wresting program is, the Hornets put those concerns to rest Saturday with a convincing win in the 25th annual Hornet Classic.
Cook walked away with first place, tallying 178 1/2 points, followed by second place Tift County (138 points) and third place Ware County (135 points). Valdosta finished fourth.
The Hornets had the tournament's top spot wrapped up before the semifinals started, placing seven wrestlers in 13 of the weight classification finals.
"We've got five seniors on the team and they stepped up and helped the team out," Cook coach Rusty Meadows said. "Our goal is to win a AA state championship this year and we want to be on Dawson County's heels to see if we can't win it."
One of those Hornet seniors, Brian McCall, breezed through the 171-pound weight class, defeating Westover's Tim Milon 11-2 in the final. McCall is a two-time defending Class AA state champion.
"He's one of the best there is," Meadows said of McCall, who doubles as the Hornet's running back on the football team. "He's the only opportunity Cook County has ever had at a three-time state champion."
Cook's Matthew Edmundson (160 pounds), Steve Griner (140 pounds) and Jonathan Fulgham (112 pounds), just a sophomore, all won their respective weight divisions.
Matthew Southerland (130 pounds), Bill Childs (125 pounds) and Otto Lopez (119 pounds), who was in his first varsity match, all made the finals before losing.
Corey Terrell (103 pounds) and Chad Hensley (135 pounds) both won their finals' matches for Valdosta. Brad Pye lost in the heavyweight finals.
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