Dodge Co.'s Wrease Wins Dixie National Title | Community Spirit
Wrease Wins Dixie Nationals; Morgan takes third
In late December every year thousands of wrestlers ages 6 to 18 descend upon the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta to participate in the USA Wrestling Dixie Nationals tournament.
The Dixie Nationals, part of the American Crown Series, attracts only the best of the best wrestlers from across the United States. Kids from as far away as Washington state travel to get in on the very best wrestling action in the south east and hope to earn All-American honors by placing in the top six.
Others, dream of actually winning a youth national wrestling title. Regardless of the outcome, there is no doubting the level of serious wrestling competition that the Dixie Nationals historically provides all comers. For the past several years, Dodge County grapplers have made the trip to Atlanta seeking tough matches and hopeful of winning a medal for their efforts. This year, three high school wrestlers and two youth wrestlers put it on the line.
When the dust settled, Michael Wrease had emerged at the top of the High School 132 lbs bracket bringing home Dodge County’s first ever High School level national title and All-American honors. Also wrestling in the 132 lbs bracket, Will Morgan, lost a very close match 5-4 in the opening round forcing him into the consolation bracket. During the consolation finals, Morgan had to face the same wrestler who edged him out in the opening round. Refusing to repeat the loss, Morgan outscored his opponent 8-1 before his aggressiveness and physical toughness wore his opponent down resulting in a win by disqualification as his opponent was physically unable to continue. Morgan took 3rd place and All-American honors.
Also representing Dodge County High School was Kenzie Graham, who placed second in the same tournament a year ago. Graham came out strong in the opening round earning a quick pin but a loss in a close battle in the second round moved him into the consolation brackets. Graham failed to place this year after some very tough wrestling. In the younger division, Vincent Mannella placed 5th and Anthony Mannella earned second place earning All-American designations for the second year in a row.