Nine East Jackson grapplers will be traveling to the sectionals next week after the Mat Eagles brought home a solid third-place finish in the area meet at Fannin County over the weekend.
East Jackson scored 168.5 points, following winner Jefferson with 293 and second-place Banks County, which had 201.5.
Luis Verduzco turned in a first place performance in the 140 lb. class. Other East Jackson wrestlers who placed and will be going to sectionals include Victor Equirte, second at 103; Justin Griffin, second at 119 lbs.; Drew Hunter, second at 152; Scott Hill, second at 189; Robbie King, third at 160; Shane Moore, fourth at 130; Kevin Kesler, fourth at 135; and Willie Sanders, fourth in the 215 lb. category.
Charles Hullet and Chuck Best placed fifth in their weight classes, while Zack Venable finished sixth. Only the top four finishes go to sectionals.
The sectionals will be held this weekend at Jefferson to determine who will make the trip to the state meet in Gwinnett Feb. 20-21.