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Grappling Warriors Host First Tournament
Recently the Dodge County Wrestling program hosted its first ever Middle School Dual Tournament in the Dodge County High School gym. The 1st Annual Tomahawk Duals brought teams from Vidalia, Toombs County, Montgomery County, Coffee County, and Dodge County to compete team against team in what is known as dual competition. Wrestling in a round robin bracket, teams were able to face each team in the tournament to determine the eventual place winners.
Teams earned points based on how each wrestler did in his individual match up. Each team was allowed up to 20 wrestlers in weight classes ranging from 75 lbs to 285 lbs. The Grappling Indians and Takedown Booster Club provided the table workers, concessions, and hospitality room. The Grappling Warriors ended up placing 4th in the tournament due in large part to the number of forfeits at the upper weight classes. Teams who are able to fill their rosters and wrestle in all 20 weight classes are generally favored to win dual matches simply due to the number of opportunities they have to wrestle versus those teams who are forced to forfeit bouts. Overall, the Grappling Warriors wrestled better than their coaches had hoped for and each time fell short of winning by very few points.
Their performance earned them the 4th place trophy and the respect of coaches and fans. Picture are the Grappling Warriors at the Tomahawk Duals. Kneeling (l-r) Nathan Ogletree, Beck Morgan, James Rogers, and Clayton Scarborough. Second row (l-r) Aiden Greer, Crosse Bearden, Noah Atkinson, Terrill Wrease, and Matthew Burton. Back row (l-r) Brett Parker, Ty Belflower, Timothy Skeens, and Jared Cannon. (Also wrestling but not pictured Connor Dennis, Paul Herman, Tyler Hubbard, Jacob Brinson, Daniel Burrows, Abby Foskey, and Cameron McCloud)