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Cavaliers head to 1st annual state wrestling contest Sunday

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Written by David Mann

Albany, Ga – The Darton State College wrestling program will compete in the Georgia Intercollegiate Championships – the first tournament of its kind – Sunday in Marietta.

Brandon Owens ties up an UCF 141-pounder in an 18-14 decision for Darton in the 2012 Cavalier Duals

The Cavaliers will be the only NJCAA team in a tournament that exclusively includes Georgia’s five intercollegiate wrestling programs – Darton, Brewton Parker, Life University, Truett-McConnell College and Shorter University.

The Cavaliers have not wrestled against Life, but they’ve beaten the three other contenders in dual meets this season. And the Cavaliers are top-seeded in two of the tournament’s 10 weight classes.

Jamel Sharpe, a freshman from Valdosta, is 18-1 for the Cavaliers and hasn’t lost a match since wrestling against NCAA D-1 program Campbell University in November. He’ll be the top seed in the 125-pound class on Sunday.

Earl Sharpe is also top seeded for the Cavs. The freshman from Durham, NC., wrestles at 133 lbs. and is 13-2.

And freshman Braxton Owens, who went 8-4 while wrestling at 149 lbs., enters as the No. 2 seed at 141 lbs.

“This is the first time we’ll be full strength since Christmas,” Darton head coach James Hicks said.

The tournament is hosted by the Atlanta Takedown Association and Team Georgia. It will be held at the Life University campus in Marietta.

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