Ola star Amani Jones is a match outside of a third straight wrestling championship.
The senior raced through three pens – none of her games lasted more than 1 minute and 46 seconds – at the Macon Centreplex on Wednesday to reach the 122-pound final. Jones will face Kell’s Reagan Masters on Thursday night.
One win makes Jones, a North Carolina Central recruit, Henry County’s first three-time national champion for girls. The Georgia High School Association did not adopt girls’ wrestling as a sanctioned sport until Jones was sophomore, which precluded her chance at a four-time state champion.
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“(Jones) is clearly the best female athlete the county has produced when it comes to individual performance,” said Ola wrestling coach Jay Dinino. “You name it, she made it. National championships, national rankings, over 100 career wins against male athletes, and state titles.
“She is special. There is no other way to describe it. She has paved the way for female wrestling in Georgia for some time. I don’t think she realizes that she is the main factor behind the rapid growth of female wrestling in Georgia. I keep getting calls and emails from coaches about her. They always say that one day their girls want to be like Amani. Of course there is the “What weight will she be?” to avoid her (laughs). “