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'This week has been big for us'
Tigers win championship at North Oconee Duals
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The Tiger wrestling team poses after winning the championship at the North Oconee Duals on Dec. 9. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers wrestling program had what Head Coach Arron Haynes called a big week when the team garnered a commanding win over Alpharetta, fought tough against Lumpkin County and came out champions at the North Oconee Duals.

On Nov. 30, the team chose senior Nate Umberger and junior Kelton LeBaron to become captains along with junior Levi Baggett for the 2017-18 team. 

Those three captains then led the way to a significant margin of victory over Class 6A Alpharetta. Dawson won 61-6.

“This has been a big week for us,” said Haynes. “We are finally getting some of the injuries taken care of (but not all are back yet) and weights are starting to get set, so the team is really starting to take shape.

Next up for the Tigers were the Lumpkin County Indians. 

“The Tigers then wrestled a great match against rival and Class 3A powerhouse Lumpkin County, falling 26-49,” Haynes said.

“We are finally getting healthy so the team is starting to shape up. We are not quite where we need to be yet with our weights and with key wrestlers out injured, but soon we will be able to stop forfeiting so many weight classes every match which will make us more competitive,” he said.

On Dec. 2, Dawson traveled to North Oconee to face Monroe Area, Richmond Hill, Grovetown, Campbell and McNair.

The Tigers went 5-0 and walked away with the championship.

Dawson defeated Monroe Area 64-18, Richmond Hill 45-35, Grovetown 54-27, Campbell 69-12 and McNair 52-27.

The team is now 11-6 on the season.

Tuesday the Tigers hosted Johnson and Lithonia but results were not available as of press time.

On Dec. 8, Dawson County travels to compete in the Union County Dual Tourmanemnt. 

“I feel like we are in a good place going into Tuesday's match and the weekend but overall so we should be able to compete and maybe bring home of victories, but right now, we understand where we are at as a team, ultimately, our eye is on the Area Duals after Christmas,” Haynes said.