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Dawson County wrestlers take third place at North Oconee
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Jack Cupp, senior, looks for the referee’s call in a wrestling match with Riverside Military Academy on Nov. 27. - photo by Bob Christian

The Dawson County High School wrestling team wrapped up a week’s worth of competition with an appearance at the North Oconee Duals hosted by North Oconee High School on Dec.1, where after facing off with five other squads from the north Georgia region, the Tigers emerged with a 4–1 record and 291 total points for a third place finish overall.

First on the mat were the Bulldoggs of Winder-Barrow and the Tigers made quick work of the competition. Dawson County won by pin in 10 of the 14 bouts, and only two matches went beyond the first round. Each team recorded a victory via forfeit and the final score was 69–12 in favor of the Tigers.

The Tigers next faced off against the Evans High School Knights who fielded a team of wrestlers only in the weight classes below 160 pounds and were forced to forfeit all remaining matches. The Knights fought the Tigers hard in the final matches, winning four of the seven, but in the end the forfeitures were too much to overcome and the Tigers chalked up their second victory of the day 60–20.

Stone Mountain High School’s team featured wrestlers from across the weight spectrum, but they too were forced to forfeit several matches during the contest, and the Tigers took care of business.

Winning four of the matches with pins, and two extended matches on points, Dawson County continued their streak of wins with a final score of 57–21.

Tournament host North Oconee was next on the list and it was there that the Tigers ran into their first trouble on the day as the Titans quickly jumped out to the lead by winning the first four matchups. The Tigers quickly fought back with three victories of their own, but momentum shifted back to the Titans with five pins in a row to hand Dawson County their first loss of the season by a total of 45–33.

In their final contest Dec. 2, Dawson County faced off against the West Hall Spartans in a series of bouts across all weigh categories. Notable for the fact that every match ended with a pin, the Tigers rapidly took the lead and never looked back as they wracked up a 72–12 win to finish up the day and move their season record to 9–1.