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Special wrestlers on Chattooga and Trion teams

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Chattooga wrestlers prepared this week for the Georgia traditional championships this weekend in Macon. PHOTO: WTVC SPORTS

After winning wrestling duals state championships, Chattooga and Trion are now competing for traditional titles.

And each school has a wrestler with a special story.

Now that the duals title is in hand, Chattooga coach Brian Beasley says his squad is ready for the traditional competition.

Nine wrestlers have qualified. Beasley said, "Six of those guys are seniors. This is their last go round."

The leader of that group is Griffin Jarrett. He is a three time state champion, going for his fourth. "I don't like losing. I just want to win. I can't stand losing. I'm driven to win every match that I go out there for," Jarrett said.

He's won 241 matches and only lost 11 for his career. Coach Beasley noted, "He is very driven. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. He's never missed a weight. 5:11 He's thinking about wrestling 365 days a year." Griffin also holds a 4.0 student and top ten in his class.

He wants to win one more title. "I've been working my whole life for this since middle school."

Trion High School also brought home a dual state title. The Bulldogs are locked in on this weekend's traditional competition. Coach Eric Brock said his strategy is simple, "Keeping them focused and motivated."

Coach Brock is in his 13th season and was a member of Trion's only other dual championship team in 1994. Three members of that team have passed away, including Danny Johnson.

But Johnson's nephew, Bo Jones, feels his spirit. "I feel like he's watching over me," Jones said. He never knew his uncle, but family and people around town say he looks just like him. "Sometimes it's emotional for my grandparents and stuff and my mom. but she says I'm so thankful that I have a son that reminds me so much of my brother."

Jones wrestles at 182 pounds, just seven pounds less than his uncle's weight. He wants to continue his memory. "It's a good thing that my grandmother's still here and able to see that and my grandfather as well get to see my grow up and follow in his footsteps."

Both teams weigh in Thursday morning in Macon, followed by the pursuit of championships.

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