Butler's Brian Kaufman became the first-ever Bulldog to sign a wrestling scholarship Tuesday when the 185-pounder accepted a grant-in-aid from Anderson (S.C.) College.
"In the last four years, he's been a vital part of our wrestling tradition," Butler wrestling coach Jason Moore said. "He contributed to our first region championship and to several city championships. The list goes on and on. And now, he's 100 times better than he was two months ago."
That's because Kaufman has kept active in the high school off-season. Last week, he won the junior and open divisions of the Henry County USA Freestyle Open in the 185-pound classification.
Kaufman, a two-time region and three-time city champion who has recorded more than 125 wins in his career, will be attending the Team Georgia tryouts in two weeks in a bid to make the national team.
BASEBALL: Although no area Georgia Independent Schools Association teams advanced past the first round of the Class AA state tournament, five local schools made a big impact on the GISA 1-AA all-region team.
Despite fielding a young team, Briarwood managed to place four players on the squad, the most of any school in the region, including sophomores Bob Wills (shortstop/pitcher), Justin Callaway (infielder/pitcher) and Tyler Moore (outfielder/pitcher) and freshman Jason Holley (outfielder/pitcher).
John Hancock (Jonathon Tollison, Jona Hollinshead and Matt Brooks) and Edmund Burke (Justin Dixon, Ben Joiner and Ryan Quick) each had three players, while Thomas Jefferson's Steven Skinner and Curtis Baptist's Berry Smith were their school's lone representatives.
WEIGHTLIFTING: The Wagener-Salley strength team dominated the Class A state championships last month, as Rontreal Tyler (170 pounds), John Robertson (190), Justin Williams (205) and Fred Staley (220) each won state titles.
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