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Dawson County had three wrestlers take part in the State Traditional Tournament last weekend at Gwinnett Arena.

Cory Jenkins (132 pounds), Preston Adams (160 pounds) and Evan Kells (182 pounds) represented the Tigers in the prestigious event.

As a team the Tigers finished in a tie for 38th place with Model and Callaway high schools, after recording 6 points.

Jefferson won the state championship for the 12th straight year with a total of 232 points, far outdistancing second place finisher Greater Atlanta Christian's 88 points.

The Dragons claimed two individual champions: Forrest Pryzbysz (182 pounds) and Tyler Marinelli (126 pounds). Jefferson also had seven runners-up.

For the Tigers, Jenkins lost his first round match against Cody Kuhn from Sonoraville by a 13-4 score in a major decision. He was then eliminated following a pin by Morgan County's James Bearden. Jenkins, a junior, finished the season with an impressive 39-11 record.

At 182 pounds, Evan Kells was defeated in his first round match by Nate Long from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, following a 9-1 score.

Kells rallied to pin Richard Bryant from Crawford County before losing to Kalin Whillhite from Toombs County to end his season.

Kells, a junior, finished the season with a 33-10 record.

Senior Preston Adams closed out his Tigers wrestling career with a 38-7 record.

Adams won his first round match against LeManuel Kittrell from Fitzgerald with a 9-4 decision.

Adams lost his second round match to Zach Feuerbach from GACS in a 19-2 technical fall.

Adams fought back to defeat Dustin Chapman from Gordon Central 7-2 before being eliminated by Jake Sherman from Jefferson.

Sherman finished third in the state for the Dragons.

"The boys wrapped up a great season, with Preston finishing one round from placing, while the others gained valuable experience from their first trip to state. We are very excited and eager for next season," said head coach Arron Haynes.

Dawson finished the season with a team record of 27-8 and will bring back a strong nucleus of wrestlers next season.