By Nick Nunn staff writer
Three Morgan County High School (MCHS) wrestlers – Jacob McAlister, Jeremy Worth, and Zack Jenkins – competed in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Finals last Saturday, Feb. 22, at Buford High School. Zack Jenkins took fourth in the heavyweight class of the AAA division, while McAlister and Worth fell short of placing during the finals.
Jenkins fell to a Callaway wrestler in the first round of the tournament, but then fought to earn a third-period pin against a Rockmart opponent in his second match to advance to the consolation semifinals.
Jenkins then pinned a wrestler from Henry County to make it to the consolation final round, where he would be competing for third place.
In the consolation final, Jenkins found himself facing the same wrestler that he was set up against in the first round of the tournament.
Jenkins battled with his opponent well but lost by a single point in the third overtime period of the match. “I couldn’t be prouder with Zack’s efforts,” said MCHS Head Wrestling Coach John Robbins. “He wrestled a great tournament, and for a first year wrestler achieve such a finish is unbelievable.It never would have happened without the work put in by Coach Sidwell day in and day out. His efforts with our 220s and heavyweights over the last few years have really put our big guys on the map.”
Jacob McAlister lost his first match of the tournament 4-5 to an opponent from Ringgold, but he was winning 11-1 in the second round against Rockmart when he was unexpectedly pinned to put him out of the tournament. “It was one of those freak things that you see sometimes, and you just hope never happens to you,” said Coach Robbins. “He had been in complete control of the match, and just got caught in a bad situation.”
Jeremy Worth fell to Rockmart in the first round of the tournament before then losing a close decision against a St. Pius competitor.
“I hate to see [Jenkins] and Jacob leave, along with the rest of the seniors,” continued Coach Robbins. “Jacob’s service over the last four years have been a big boost to our program. Worth now has some valuable state finals experience, and I look for him to lead us next season in his senior campaign.”