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By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

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Hartsville’s Rob Atwood has again won a state championship in AAU wrestling.

On March 2, Atwood won the 189-pound middle school category in Knoxville despite weighing in at 171 pounds. Atwood won a 7-2 decision over Aidan Rhoton.

Atwood also won an AAU championship in 2017 at 140 pounds.

Atwood had a 17-2 record this season and recorded pins in 12 of those victories.

“Rob loves the sport and is very dedicated to it,” said his mother, Beverly Atwood. “He practices numerous hours and does CrossFit at Creekbank Fitness, giving credit for his toughest workouts to Mrs. Whitney Dillehay. He really looks up to Whitey and Dustin greatly; they have played a big part in his work ethic.”

Atwood wrestled under Wilson Central coaches John Kramer, Andy Fowler, Doug Griggs and Mike Eakes, with lots of help from Cumberland University coaches Nate Coley and James Hickman.

Rob has one more year of AAU eligibility and hopes to further his wrestling career in high school and college.

Atwood is the son of Robbie and Beverly Atwood and is a seventh-grader at Jim Satterfield Middle School.