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Tigers crown two varsity wrestling champions
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Wrestler Gavin Brown tries to escape from a hold in Saturdays Traditional Tournament held at Lumpkin County High School. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Gavin Brown and Harrison Adams were crowned champions on Saturday during the 7-AAA Traditional Wrestling Tournament at Lumpkin County High School.

Brown, a two-time finalist at 182-pounds moved up to 195-pounds this season. Brown has a season record of 35-3.

The senior defeated Kevin Thompson (East Hall) in the first round to move to the final.

In the championship, Brown defeated Matt Dilbeck from Banks County with a take down in the final five seconds to win 4-2 and capture the title.

Adams won at 138 pounds with a 3-2 decision over Abe Hafez (Franklin County) and a 5-1 win over Tiaan Vlok from West Hall in the championship match. The senior is currently 36-7 on the season.

"Gavin and Harrison have worked exceptionally hard and have proven that drive and effort pay off in the long run. I am really excited to see how the next two weekends pan out for us," said Head Coach Arron Haynes.

The Tigers will send nine wrestlers onto Area Sectionals Friday and Saturday at Morgan County High School in Madison.

Areas 1, 3, 7 and 8 will be represented.

The West Sectionals will be held at Sonoraville High School and will consist of Areas 2, 4, 5 and 6.

The top four from Saturday's match qualify for the next round.

Dawson County finished in fourth place with 121 team points.

Lumpkin County won the Area championship with 199 points. The Indians had six area champions and will send 11 wrestlers to the next round.

Banks County came in second place with 163.5 points followed by third place finisher East Hall with 122 points.

"I thought the boys showed a lot of heart and character throughout the tournament to battle through injuries in route to a fourth place team finish and qualifying for the state sectional tournament in Morgan County Friday and Saturday," Haynes said. "This week we have to find a way to heal up as we look ahead to the beginning of the state series. The top eight will advance at sectionals to the state finals in two weeks."

Joining Brown and Adams are Brett Whalen (182-pounds), Justin Evans (113-pounds), Jeremy Whalen (145-pounds), Gilbert Pruitt (152-pounds), Caine Wells (170-pounds), Brenden Capps (220-pounds) and Ty Williams (heavyweight).

At 182-pounds, senior Brett Whalen had a great day. He lost in the championship match to Eddie Daniel from Lumpkin County to take second place. Earlier on Saturday, he defeated Christian Evans from West Hall with a pin.

Taking third place were Evans, Pruitt, and Williams.

Evans lost his opening match to Kayleb Chancey (Fannin County), but rebounded with wins over Zach Millwood (Banks County) with a pin and then defeated Angle Vargas (East Hall) in a 6-2 decision.

Evans is currently 36-7 this season as a senior.

Senior Pruitt also lost his opening match to Sean Hester (Banks County) before taking two matches from Devin Greene (Fannin County) and then Josh Tompkins (Franklin County) by a 3-1 decision for third place.

Heavyweight Williams took the same route as Pruitt and Evans. He lost his first match to Brandon McGarity from Franklin County. Williams then won his next two matches. He pinned Tanner Blevins from Fannin County and won, in a major decision, 11-0 over Andrew Crawford from East Hall.

With fourth place finishes were Jeremey Whalen (145-pounds), Wells (170-pounds) and Capps (220-pounds).

All three wrestlers finished the day with 2-2 records.

Whalen picked up wins over Arquimides Pacheco from West Hall, pin, and Barrett Webb from Fannin County 7-4.

Battling a shoulder injury all day was Wells. He battled through the pain to win over McGinnis Hurtado from Franklin County and Joseph Arredondo from East Hall both by way of pin.

Capps moved on to the next round with pins over Bryan Ayers (Franklin County) and Jody Poole (Banks County). Capps has a season record of 26-11.

Rounding out the lineup for Dawson County were fifth-place finisher Quade Buytendorp (126-pounds) and sixth-place finishers Jason Steele (120-pounds) Josh Poe (132-pounds) and Michael Cronin (160-pounds). These wrestlers could compete this weekend if there are injuries in their weight class.

"I cannot say enough about how our Captains Gavin Brown, Harrison Adams and Justin Evans and our seniors Gilbert Pruitt, Evans, Brown, Brett Whalen, Ty Williams and Quade Buytendorp. These young men have led our team through some rough waters into the promised land," Haynes said.

"I would also like to thank our trainer Chris Dearwent and my assistants for finding a way to put the boys back together each day so that they can continue to achieve their goals."