Tonight the Wrestling Bulldogs traveled to Smiths Station to do battle with the Smiths Panthers and LaGrange Grangers at SSHS.
Our opening dual was against the Grangers and it turned into a good one. Jr. 106# Jackson Shoemaker started us off right with a pin for victory, giving us a 6-0 lead. The wheels fell off though and LaGrange went on a 6 match victory tear causing the Dawgs to fall behind 6-30. But as we got into our middle and upper weight classes, the floodgates opened for us. Ari Brogdon outlasted his opponent in a three-period nail-biter, pulling off the 11-10 victory which brought us 3 more team points making the score 9-30. Lagrange would take the next match by pin leaving the score Dawgs 9-Grangers 36. The Dawgs then went on a 6 match win streak led by Jr. 160# Zeak Jones who outscored his opponent 14-8 giving us 3 more team points. Dawgs 12-Grangers 36. Sr. 170# Eli Schwenk pinned his opponent in the 2nd period bringing us closer. Dawgs 18- Lagrange 36. Lagrange’s point margin shrank more in the 182# match as Sr. Captain Timmy Tolbert won by pin. (Dawgs 24- LaGrange 36). Jr 195# Ben Daughtry scored 6 points for the Dawgs. (30-36 Grangers). Sr. Captain 220# Bevin Williams scores a pin and 6 team points knotting the match up at 36-36. Match point is on the shoulders of our Soph. Reserve Backup Heavyweight Cameron Reese, who secured victory for the Dawgs by pinning the Granger. Final Dawgs 42- LaGrange 36. It was a great team effort.
Our final dual was against the host Smiths Station Panthers. The match didn’t fare as well for us as we spotted the Panthers a 0-42 lead. We fought and clawed and barked back but was just too little, too late. Zeak Jones secured a pin as did Ben Daughtry, Bevin Williams, and Jr. Captain James Dawson giving us 24 team points. As stated earlier, Smiths start was too hard to overcome and we fell to the Panthers 24-57.
The split tonight leaves the Dawgs 4-4 on the young season. We will host a quad match on Thursday Dec 6 in the friendly confines of Mainstreet Gym as we welcome Stanhope Elmore’s Mustangs, Park Crossing’s Thunderbirds and Sidney Lanier’s Poets in for battle. Doors open at 5:00, wrestling begins at 5:30. Hope to see all you rabid Dawgs fans then! Go Dawgs!!!