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Northeast High Wrestling Champion Looks to Future
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Northeast High Wrestling Champion Looks to Future

By Daniel Daniels, Bibb County School District Communications Intern

A Northeast High School senior used a “Single Leg Shot” to wrestle his way to a state championship title.

Allen Moss won the 220-pound weight class Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AA State Wrestling Championship last month at the Macon Coliseum. He defeated William Henagen of Lovett High School to take the state crown. He also recently signed a scholarship to play football at the University of the Cumberlands.

Although Allen is gifted athletically and has numerous sports commitments, he does not let that interfere with his schoolwork. He is third in his class while holding a 3.8 GPA. Allen lives with his uncle, Marvin Booze, and Allen attributes his success in school to his uncle.

“That’s pretty much I guess the driving force that allows me to do so well in school,” he said. 

He is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club, and the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB).

Allen finished the 2012-2013 wrestling season with a perfect 43-0 in his matches. He was also undefeated last season, but a dislocated shoulder in the sectionals caused him to miss the GHSA State Championship. Allen recovered from the dislocated shoulder, but he faced another hurdle in his preparation for the 2012-2013 wrestling season when he broke his collarbone. The collarbone injury occurred in August, three months prior to the start of wrestling season. The injury also cost Allen the chance to compete in half of Northeast’s football season.

His journey toward the state title started when he was a sixth-grader at Appling Middle School. He wanted to join the football team, but it was understood that the older players on the team would get the first shot at playing in the games. Instead, he decided to join the wrestling team because the opportunity to wrestle grew from the success and hard work of the students, as opposed to a student’s grade level.

“There’s going to be several people in this weight class,” he said the coach at Appling explained. “But if you work harder or if you show the most improvement, the most talent, then I have no other choice than to put the best person on the mat.”

This past February, Allen proved that he was the best person on the mat.

Prior to wrestling for the state title at the Coliseum, Allen advanced past county, regional, and sectional qualifying rounds.  The ability to successfully compete in the county, regional, and sectional rounds determines the fate of a wrestler. Allen said these previous rounds are double elimination, and if a wrestler loses in one of these rounds, they are eliminated from contention for the state title.

Allen previously signed a football scholarship to play with the University of the Cumberlands; however, he is now interested in wrestling collegiately at Darton College. He has had conversations with the coaches at Darton, and he recently traveled to Albany in order to work out with the wrestling team.

If he is able to wrestle at Darton, he would like to attend The Ohio State University or Appalachian State University once his two-year college career is complete at Darton. Upon graduation, he said he hopes to become a physical therapist.

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