VALDOSTA -- Lee County took the first-day team lead at the Wildcat Invitational Friday at the VHS Gym.

Lee, argaubly considered the favorite in Region 1-AAAAA, placed five wrestlers in the semifinals and garnered 66.5 points, 4.5 points more than second-place Panama City Bay.

Host Valdosta sits in sixth place, with 46 points. The Wildcats have six wrestlers in the semifinals -- Jamal Scott (171 pounds), Paul Bess (160), Chad Hensley (135), Tavarus Sharp (125), Marcus Morrison (112) and Corey Terrell (103).

Lowndes is 12th of 21 teams.

Saturday's matches begin at 9 a.m. The semifinal winners will compete for the tournament title in the afternoon. The finals are scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. After the semifinal matches in the morning, loser's bracket matches will take place most of the day.

For Lowndes, which has 30 points, David Hernandez (103), Brandon Maloney (130) and Ryan Allen (145) are in the semifinals. Twelve of the 13 Vikings entered are still alive in the tournament. Ten of Valdosta's 11 wrestlers will be wrestling today.

Cook is fourth, with 50.5 points. Jonathan Fulghum (112), Bill Childs (125), Jason Waldon (135), Steven Griner (140), Brian McCall (171), and Leonard Slater (215) are semifinalists. McCall and Valdosta's Scott, two of the state's best 171-pounders at any classification, remain in position to face each other in the finals.

Woodward Academy is third (58 points), Marietta (47.5) is fifth, Camden County (45.5) is seventh, Ware County (33.5) is eighth, Benedictine (33 points) is ninth, and Coffee (32) is 10th. Berrien sits in 16th, with 21.5 points.

Wrestling points are determined by the type of victory a wrestler scores. A decision is worth three points, a major decision is four points, and technical fall is five points, and a pinfall is worth six points.

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