- J. Andrew Lockwood -
Senior Editor / Sports Columnist
You read the headline correctly, Mercer brought home the Georgia State Championship in wrestling for the first time in five years. Defeating much larger schools such as
“This was a total team effort to win this Championship, I was proud of how the team wrestled,” said head coach Kevin Andres. “By adding three new wrestlers this semester in Mike Ferson, Nic Harford and Jerod Northcott, it really strengthened the team. This is our first State Championship in five years and after taking second last year it was nice to finally take the top honors,” added the exuberant top man.
As a team, Mercer had a combined 60 points, 13 more than second place
Not to be forgotten were six other wrestlers that tallied points for Mercer. Shaun Walker (149 lb) and Dominique Billingsely (285 lb) were runner-ups while Parker Reed (125 lb), Nic Harford (141 lb), and Ben Mercier (285 lb) were third place finishers. Allan Stokes (174 lb) would finished in fourth place for the Bears.
“I was very proud that the coaches also voted Kyle Eastis 125lbs as Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament,” Andres went on to say. Andres pointed out that the title gives them momentum going into the first-ever National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Duals Championship Tournament at
With such a competitive club squad, it seems like only a matter of time until Mercer promotes wrestling to the varsity level. More information about the club can be found online at: www.mercerwrestling.com.