Perfect again: Northgate's Askey repeats as state wrestling champion

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Northgate sophomore Tyler Askey (top) finished a perfect season with the Class AAAA state title in the 152-pound division on Saturday.

By CHRIS GOLTERMANN cgoltermann@newnan.com If there's such a thing as a sophomore jinx, it stayed far, far away from Tyler Askey on the wrestling mat. Askey ended his second year of varsity wrestling at Northgate High in the same position he finished as a freshman. Namely on top in the GHSA Traditional State Wrestling Championships.
The nationally-ranked standout pinned area rival Boimah Karmo of Alcovy in the Class AAAA 152-pound finals at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Askey has now won all 98 of his matches in GHSA competition. It was the third straight weekend that the two faced off in a final, with Askey coming out ahead in area, sectional and state championship victories. Another perfect year for Askey ended with a flawless effort. Giving up just six points over four matches -- all 1-point escapes -- the 152-pound Viking didn't yield one while racking up seven and nine-point leads through two periods. Ahead comfortably 14-0 in the third, Askey finished Karmo off at the 55-second mark of the third period to claim another state title. The win capped off a 48-0 varsity season for Askey, who wrestles year-round while training at The Wrestling Center in Marietta. Last year, Askey won the 140-pound Class AAAA state championship. A top-four nationally ranked competitor, he reached the quarterfinals of the prestigious Super32 Challenge in Greensboro, N.C. prior to the 2010-11 season. Despite losing three times in the challenge against a large crop of junior and senior standouts, Askey motored through his second high school season with the Vikings, adding his second GHSA state title while now taking a 98-0 career record into his junior year. The 13 schools that make up 3-AAAA equally put on a showcase, sending representatives to four other weight class finals. Among them were Union Grove 160-pound standout Hunter Gamble, who lost to Askey during the regular season.


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