Coed Varsity Wrestling · Cody Williams Advances to Finals, Five More Still Fighting to Place at State


Eleven wrestlers from Dade County High School made the trip to Macon, Georgia, to compete in the GHSA Traditional State Championships.  Cody Williams (182), a junior, advanced to his third straight championship match.  Cody came up short his freshman and sophomore season, finishing as the state runner-up, but has been on a mission to get back to this point.  He has an opportunity Wednesday night to have his name stitched on the state championship banner forever to hang in the Wolverine Den back home.  Jr. Jake Gatlin (106), Jr. Zac Smith (152) and Fr. Landon Williams (195) were the other three Dade County wrestlers to advance to the championship bracket semifinals.  Below, is a full summary of all eleven wrestlers.  (CB) represents the championship brackets, the bracket where all wrestlers begin and stay until they are defeated.  (Cons.) represents the consolation bracket, where the wrestler tries to stay alive and place in the top six. Depending on their seeding, a wrestler could have wrestled as many as four matches on Tuesday.  Wrestling resumes Wednesday night at 7pm.  If you’d like to follow the wrestlers, go to nfhsnetwork.com.

Jake Gatlin (106) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 Bye, CB Quarterfinals won by Fall (1:55), CB Semifinals defeated by Major Decision 14-0.

Hayden Langley (113) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 won by Fall (1:22), CB Quarterfinals lost by Major Decision 14-1, Cons. Round 4 won by Fall (1:07), Cons. Round 5 lost by Major Decision 11-2.

Garrett Dunn (120) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 won by Fall (1:29), CB Quarterfinals lost by decision 10-5, Cons. Round 4 lost by Fall (0:43).

Brandon Willerson (132) – CB Round 1 won by Fall (0:44), CB Round 2 lost by Fall (1:05), Cons. Round 3 won by Fall (1:36), Cons. Round 4 lost by Fall (1:39).

Cayden Cooper (145) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 lost by decision 7-3, Cons. Round 3 won by Fall (0:52), Cons. Round 4 won by Fall (0:34), Cons. Round 5 won by Fall (1:07).

Zac Smith (152) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 won by Fall (1:22), CB Quarterfinals won by Tech Fall 22-6, CB Semifinals lost by decision 8-6.

Eli Johnson (170) – CB Round 1 won by Fall (1:36), CB Round 2 lost by decision 12-9, Cons. Round 3 won by forfeit, Cons. Round 4 lost by decision 10-6.

Cody Williams (182) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 won by Fall (0:48), CB Quarterfinals won by decision 6-0, CB Semifinals won by Fall (3:50).

Landon Williams (195) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 won by Fall (1:43), CB Quarterfinals won by decision 13-8, CB Semifinals lost by Fall (0:27).

Austin Sorrelle (220) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 lost by decision 9-5, Cons. Round 3 won by Fall (2:17), Cons. Round 4 won by Fall (2:33), Cons. Round 5 won by decision 5-3.

Dakota Whitmore (285) – CB Round 1 Bye, CB Round 2 lost by Fall (1:55), Cons. Round 3 won by Fall (1:15), Cons. Round 4 lost by decision 2-1.