The Mount Vernon Mustangs qualified five wrestlers for the GHSA State Traditional Tournament held in Macon, Georgia. All five wrestlers won at least two matches at State and placed.
The Brothers Gavalas, George and Constantine, competed in the championship match – the other three wrestled in the consolation finals.
Senior 182-pounder, George Gavalas defeated Mosely from Commerce in the championship match with a score of 5-1. George had earlier defeated Love, the number one seed from the East Section 4-3 to advance to the championship match. George is Mount Vernon’s first ever GHSA State Champion in any sport. With a season record of 37-4, George finished his career with a total record of 140-31.
George reflects on his experience, “My favorite moment of the whole tournament, even above winning, was walking out during the Finals Introduction ceremony just before the last matches of the Tournament, to stand next to my brother on the mat for the last time of my high school career.”
Coach Mike Edmonson says of the first State Champion at MVPS, “George is one of the most dedicated athletes that I have ever coached. His desire to improve and his relentless drive helped make him and his team mates better wrestlers. His motto is ’embrace the grind’, and he does in every aspect of his life and as a result he is a highly successful student and athlete.”
Sophomore 170-pounder, Constantine Gavalas finished as the State Runner Up. Constantine greatly improved on his 6th place state finish as a freshman.
Junior 138-pounder, Matt Lewis placed 4th after being the Area and Sectional Runner Up.
Sophomore 120-pounder, Jack Hale placed 4th, improving on his 5th place state finish last year as a freshman.
Sophomore 160-pounder, Tommy Stupek placed 5th after placing 4th at Area and 3rd at Sectional.