Jefferson has amply displayed its intentions in the team’s pursuit of a 17th consecutive state duals wresting title.
With lopsided Class 4A victories over Luella (64-12) and Marist (64-10) on Thursday, Jefferson eased into Friday’s semifinals, where the Dragons were set to face West Laurens.
Also in Class 4A, North Oconee went 1-1 in its inaugural appearance at the state duals. The Titans fell in the opening round to Gilmer (60-15) and then defeated Perry 53-25 in the loser’s bracket. North Oconee was set to meet Marist on Friday.
In Class 5A, Clarke Central won its opener against Southwest DeKalb 45-27, but ran into Ola in the second round, falling 50-16. The Gladiators were set to face Whitewater on Friday in the loser’s bracket.
The Class 3A and 1A tournaments began Friday, with Jackson County facing Savannah Arts in 3A and four-time defending state duals champions Commerce scheduled to open against Strong Rock.