Jan. 11 Update
Veterans got off to a great start in the 2018 GHSA Team Dual Wrestling State Championships being held Thursday-Saturday at the Macon Centreplex.
The Warhawks opened the tournament by facing off against Whitewater on Thursday. They won easily, 69-9. About seven hours later, they took on Locust Grove. Close, but Veterans came up just short, 34-31. That dropped them down in the consolation bracket where they were set to compete against Southwest DeKalb. That match was set for today (Friday, Jan. 12) at 12:30 p.m.
Perry didn’t fare quite as well. The Panthers fell in the opener Thursday against Blessed Trinity, 54-21. That also dropped them into the consolation bracket where they later fell to North Oconee, 53-25, and were eliminated.
Perry, Veterans earn spot in team duals
Perry and Veterans each earned a spot in the 2018 GHSA Team Dual Wrestling State Championships. Those will be Thursday-Saturday (pending advances for each) at the Macon Centreplex.
The Panthers, who finished second in Area 1-AAAA to West Laurens, will start off against Blessed Trinity Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
“I am very excited for our kids to have the opportunity to compete at the state duals this year,” said Perry Head Coach Randy Moss. His wrestlers entered the Area tournament as the No. 2 seed. As such they got a bye in the first round. They took on Upson-Lee, the winner over Howard in Round 1, and beat it 42-36. The match following against the Raiders “didn’t go so well,” he said, but, “We have a very young team that fields 10 freshman and sophomores. We have improved tremendously since the beginning of the year and look forward to competing against some of the best in the state duals.”
As far as the Warhawks – the other qualifier in 1-AAAAA being Harris County – they will take on Whitewater to start. That match is also set for Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Qualifiers for 1-AAAAAA – leaving Houston County and Northside out – were Valdosta and Lee County.