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Grapplers take second place
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Tiger Gavin Brown won the 182-pound division in a tournament held at Cherokee High School in North Carolina last Saturday. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School varsity wrestling team finished in second place in the Osley B. Saunooke Tournament at Cherokee High School in North Carolina on Jan. 3.

Winning the tournament was Walhalla High School from South Carolina.

Saturday was a long day for the Tigers, with the first bout beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the championship match finishing at about 8:45 p.m.

"It was a long day for our wrestlers," said Head Coach Arron Haynes. "Our guys started off a little sluggish for whatever reason. Once we became awake I thought our young men wrestled really well."

Tiger Gavin Brown captured a championship medal in the 182-pound weight class with a pin in the second round against Devon Burns.

Taking second place were Tigers Justin Evans (113-pounds), Jeremy Whalen (145-pounds) and Brett Whalen (195-pounds).

Quade Buytendorp (126-pounds) finished in third place with a pin in the third round over Andy Halston.

In fourth place were Tigers Caine Wells (170-pounds), Brendon Capps (220-pounds) and Ty Williams (heavyweight division).

Also wrestling in the tournament for Dawson County were Taylor Cronan (160-pounds), Gilbert Pruitt (152-pounds), Harrison Adams (138-pounds) and Josh Poe (132-pounds).

The Tigers will travel to Oakwood on Saturday for the Area Duals at West Hall High School.

The teams competing in Dawson County's Area are Banks County, East Hall, Fannin County, Lumpkin County and West Hall.

Matches are set to begin at 9 a.m.