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Grapplers dominate
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Caine Wells throws his opponent from White County. The Tigers defeated the Warriors 66-18 in a tri-match last week. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson County News

Coach Arron Haynes' Dawson County High School wrestling program had a dominating week.

The Tigers won all five matches, four of them after scoring 60 or more points.

On Dec. 8 the team traveled to Gainesville High School for a quad match with the host school, Cedar Shoals and Johnson.

First up for the Tigers was a matchup with Cedar Shoals.

Dawson County disposed of the Jaguars readily, winning 72-8.

Pinning their opponents were Nathan Umberger (160-pounds), Jeremy Whalen (170-pounds), Parker Kincaid (220-pounds), Robby Rarick (132-pounds) and Brandon Jones (145-pounds).

Jack Cupp (182-pounds) had the most exciting match. He picked up a 2-1 win over Steven Duarte.

Winning by way of forfeit were Brenden Capps (195-pounds), Jordan Waddell (285-pounds), Wyatt Smith (113-pounds), Kevin Arias (120-pounds), Jason Steele (126-pounds) and Ethan Cowart (138-pounds).

Next up for the Tigers was Gainesville.

The lower weight classes were the difference in a 41-37 victory.

Starting at 106-pounds, Jake Yother picked up a forfeit.

Next, Wyatt Smith (113-pounds) pinned Red Elephant Michael Head.

Smith was followed with team points from Kelton Lebaron (120-pounds) with a major decision, 16-1, over Webster Byson, Jason Steele (126-pounds) pinned Gustavo Pedrazo and Rarick (132-pounds) with a pin over Jaileen Brown.

Cupp at 182-pounds also pinned Bran Jones for six points.

The last match of the evening was against Johnson High School.

Haynes' troops easily won 60-18 over the Knights.

Cupp (182-pounds) had a really difficult match with Sammy Guzman, but squeezed out a 2-1 win.

Lebaron (120-pounds) also narrowly defeated Gabe Laguna 13-11 in a high scoring affair.

Seven Tigers won by pin which included Whalen (170-pounds), Brenden Capps (195-pounds), Waddell (285-pounds), Smith (113-pounds), Steele (126-pounds), Rarick (132-pounds) and Cowart (138-pounds).

Picking up points by way of forfeit were Levi Baggett (152-pounds) and Sean Place (160-pounds).

Friday the Tigers hit the road for a tri-match at White County.

Madison County was the Tigers first foe. Dawson County had little trouble coming away with a 66-33 win.

Four Tigers had really tough matches but came away with a win.

At 182-pounds, Cupp defeated Josiah Fouche 11-10.

Waddell (285-pounds) pulled off a 9-8 victory over Seth Goodrich.

Lebaron (120-pounds) defeated Ryan Miller by a 4-2 score, and Brandon Jones won 10-4 over Mitch Douglas.

Pinning their foe were Whalen (170-pounds), Capps (195-pounds), Kincaid (220-pounds), Rarick (132-pounds) and Cowart (138-pounds).

Points by way of forfeit came from Yother (106-pounds), Smith (113-pounds), Steele (126-pounds) and Place (160-pounds).

In the last match of the evening, the Tigers defeated host White County, 66-18, to cap off a perfect 5-0 week.

Nine different Tigers pinned their opponents, Cupp (182-pounds), Capps (195-pounds), Kincaid (220-pounds), W. Smith (113-pounds), Cowart (138-pounds), Jones (145-pounds), Baggett (152-pounds), Whalen (160-pounds) and Wells (170-pounds).

Yother (106-pounds) and Lebaron (120-pounds) won by forfeit.

"Our guys are just hard workers on the mat and hate to lose. There have been many instances where they probably should have lost but did not quit and came back to pin their opponents," Haynes said.

Haynes and his team will travel to Toccoa on Saturday, for the Arrowhead Invitational at Stephens County High School.

Wrestling will begin around 9 a.m.

Next week, the Tigers will host the annual Amicalola Classic.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 21.