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By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Hartsville’s Rob Atwood recently brought home an AAU wrestling state championship.

Atwood, the son of Robbie and Beverly Atwood, won the juniors (ages 10-11) 140-pound weight class title at the Williamson County Agricultural Complex in Franklin on Feb. 25.

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Hartsville’s Rob Atwood, third from right, won the 140-pound state AAU wrestling championship last month.

Atwood, a fifth-grader better known as ‘Twinkie,’ won four consecutive matches in the 16-man tournament bracket to win the title, defeating wrestlers from across the state.

Atwood has been wrestling since age 5 and currently travels to Wilson Central for practice four nights each week. He compiled a 22-1 record this season and is currently recognized as one of the Top 100 wrestlers in the state from middle school and down.

In his career, Atwood has traveled to national tournaments in Indiana, Georgia, Virginia and Alabama.