Published Saturday, February 16, 2013

Prep Wrestling: Askey on verge of fourth title, perfect career

From STAFF REPORTS

sports@newnan.com

Northgate senior wrestler Tyler Askey is on the verge of becoming a four-time state champion.

If Askey can defeat Ware County’s David Shavers (63-1) this afternoon in the Macon Coliseum in the finals of the Class AAAAA 170-pound weight class, the senior will again step to the top of the podium.

With it, Askey will also earn a piece of wrestling history, joining just two other wrestlers in Georgia to finish their careers undefeated.

Today’s finals begin at 3 p.m. and can be viewed on ghsa.tv with a one-day purchase pass.

Askey, who is 193-0 in his career, has breezed through this year’s first three opponents picking up two pins in under 2:12 to go with a 14-3 major decision on Friday over Creekview wrestler Hunter Udall.

Shavers’ road to the championship also began with two pins. The Ware County wrestler defeated Barrett Martin in his first match and then pinned Harris County’s Wes Vamum to move into the semifinals.

He then punched his ticket into the 170-pound division with a 12-2 major decision over Stephenson’s Darion Perry.

Four other county qualifers were eliminated in Friday’s wrestlebacks including Northgate’s Michael Geres (106), who was pinned by Pope’s Josh Tazzelta.

In Class AAAAAA, East Coweta’s Dusty Nelson (106) and Matthew Durham (113) dropped matches.

Durham, who lost by one-point in overtime on Thursday, fell 6-4 to Brookwood’s Drew McCorkle in another heartbreaker.

Newnan sophomore 220-pounder Christian Shellenbarger also was making his first trip to the state tournament along with Nelson, Durham and Geres.

After suffering a first-round loss on Friday, Shellenbarger was pinned late in the third period of his second match against Marietta’s Brandon Hill, whom he had faced at the West Sectionals.

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