Marianna High School wrestlers competed at the District matchups last weekend and eight wrestlers are head to Regionals as a result of their performance. The top four spots in each division qualify for regionals.
Senior Neal Smith is a four-year wrestler and is a second time district champion and four-time regional qualifier. Smith had a huge redemption win from losses during the season over Arnold’s Will Ashby.
Junior Corey Davis is the district champ in the 182-pound division. He will be moving on to participate in regional competition and you can bet he will have a smile on his face.
Senior Jonah Mercer has grown leaps and bounds on the mat this year and it showed at districts this past weekend. Mercer placed second in the 195-weight class and advances to regional competition.
Freshman William Carrel is a first-year wrestler and moved mountains this year to prove himself on the mat. Carrel placed fourth in district and is a regional qualifier in his first year.
Sophomore Christian Cosson has been wrestling for two years and is a 2019 Regional Qualifier in the 160 class. With two years under his belt, things are looking rosy for Cosson for the next two years.
Dustin Arnold is an MHS junior and is a two-year wrestler. He is a 2019 Regional Qualifier in the 120-weight division. With improvement shown this year, good things are in store for Arnold in his senior year.
Junior Roosevelt Williams placed third in district and is a Regional Qualifier for 2019. Williams is a first-year wrestler and found his place on the mat early in the season.
John Maddox is a junior and a three-year wrestler. He is a Regional Qualifier after placing at district.
Latest post season rankings from the Orlando Sentinel have 113-class Neal Smith at number thirteenth, 170-class John Maddox is ranked twelfth, always-smiling Corey Davis is ranked eleventh in the 182 class, while Jonah Mercer is ranked 18th in the 195 class.
Regionals will be held March 1 and 2 at South Walton High School. Results will be in next week’s edition of the Jackson County Times.