2 Mill Creek wrestlers are state-bound

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Bobby Klemm entered the meet as an underdog with a 7-12 record but put away two wrestlers after an 0-1 start for a chance to compete at state this weekend. Latrice William/The Paper.

Kennesaw Mountain High School was the site of the sectionals meet where two Hawks extended their season into this weekend.

Bobby Klemm and Marcos Rosenkjer will represent Mill Creek High School in the state championship meet at the Macon Coliseum. Klemm will represent the heavy weight division while Rosenkjer will compete in the 138 weight class.

Rosenkjer had nothing but state on his mind and had the sweet taste of victory twice on the first day of the tournament.

Rosenkjer defeated Kyle Munn of McEachern High School and Zac Daly of Lassiter High School. With the pressure of making it to state out of the way, Rosenkjer focused on earning a better seed for state on day two.

Klemm started the tourney with a loss to Wes Pella of Woodstock High School but he did not look at it as a set back; he looked at it as a way to step up. Klemm rebounded with two consecutive wins; he sent Josh Coffman of Newnan High School home early before running into a familiar foe William Alford. Alford and Klemm are well acquainted as they met twice at the Area Meet nearly two weeks ago. Klemm led the series 2-0 and added to the win streak by defeating Alford yet again in a win or go home situation.

Austin Burel (126 weight class), Ardy Velez (195 weight class) and Cody Wheeler (152 weight class) were also vying for a spot at state but were up against very stiff competition. Each wrestler had the chance be an alternate if they did not achieve two wins which served as an automatic qualifier.

Velez opened his scoring sheet with a win over Jamaal Angrish of Westlake High School but was defeated by Maverick Rechsteiner of Etowah High School in the second round. With the pressure mounting, Velez was in desperate need of just one more win but fell just short to Hillgrove High School’s Zach Williams.

Burel and Wheeler faced identical situations; each went 1-1 on day one and suffered a heart-breaking loss on day two which eliminated them from a chance at state.