Allen wrestler of the year

As is becoming an almost yearly tradition, the counties of Rockdale and Newton produced another state wrestling champion. Alonzo Allen, who had been a two-time state runner-up, broke through with a Class AAAAAA state championship in the 106-pound weight class.

Allen, the Citizen's Wrestler of the Year, was one of 14 wrestlers, and one of four members of the Bulldogs' area championship team, who made up the all-area wrestling squad, while a number of athletes comprised the honorable mention team.All-area wrestling team-- 106: Alonzo Allen, Rockdale. Allen, a two-time state runner-up coming into the year, won the Class AAAAAA state title.

-- 113: Stephen Hart, Rockdale. Area 2-AAAAAA titlist.

-- 120: Reggie Hurt, Salem. Placed sixth at Class AAAAA traditional state meet.

-- 126: Misha Felton, Eastside. Finished the year 40-12 with an area title and a fifth-place state finish.

-- 132: Ulises Ponce, Rockdale. Ponce, already a state runner-up, finished third in 2013.

-- 138: Jose Rivera, Newton. Went 36-10 and secured an Area 2-AAAAAA title.

-- 145: Kevin Thompson, Eastside. Went 64-0 and won Class AAAA state title.

-- 152: Tyler Campbell, Eastside. Area 8-AAAA champion finished the year 44-19.

-- 160: Austin Richardson, Alcovy. Area 2-AAAAAA titlist helped the Tigers to a runner-up team finish.

-- 170: Anthony Banks, Rockdale. Area 2-AAAAAA champion was a state qualifier.

-- 182: Kamari Williams, Alcovy. Area runner-up went 38-8 for the Tigers.

-- 195: Garrett Yates, Eastside. Area 8-AAAA runner-up was a state qualifier for the Eagles.

-- 220: A.J. Palomino, Newton. Finished the year 38-8 and won an Area 2-AAAAAA title.

-- 285: Javan Gannt, Newton. Area 2-AAAAAA champion went 27-12.Honorable mentionMatthew Lewis-Hardwick, 132, Salem; Marco Harris, 113, Heritage; Julian George, 145, Heritage; Namdi Okyunlege, 170, Newton; Levi Leach, 113, Eastside; Mitchell Troutman, 182, Eastside; Ronzell Teague, 126, Rockdale; Sean Mer, 152, Rockdale; Tony Jones, 160, Rockdale; Luis Galindo, 182, Rockdale; Mike Mason, 285, Rockdale; Hunter Smith, 120, Alcovy; Jake Hendrix, 132, Alcovy; Justin Howell, 145, Alcovy