Dawson County Tigers wrestling team opened its season a week and a half ago and did what it could to find wins without several wrestlers who were participating in football playoffs.
Dawson County competed at the Raider Duals at Habersham on Nov. 11 and finished third.
The team went 3-2 on the day at Habersham with wins over St. Pius, Rabun Gap and White County.
Levi Baggett was 5-0 in the event wrestling at 182 and 195 pounds.
The Tigers also hosted matches with Gilmer, Murray County and Riverside on Nov. 14.
“We are missing wrestlers due to football and injury,” said Coach Arron Haynes. “So we are kind of piecemeal at the moment and we have open weight classes which when the match begins, we are down 6 points on each one from the get go. So we are really fighting uphill at the moment.”
Despite that Haynes said that the boys are showing their toughness and that they are unwilling to quit which has given them opportunities they would not have otherwise had.
The Tigers lost to last year’s state runners-up, Gilmer 15-64.
“My young backups really held their own in every match, they just couldn’t overcome Gilmer’s experience,” he said. “We then found a way to scratch out a 33-33 tie with Murray County. When all was said and done we actually received one additional point on the ninth tiebreaker criteria.”
That extra point gave the Tigers the 34-33 win over Murray County.
Though Dawson began in a 24-point deficit due to forfeits going in against Riverside, the team lost by only six points, 36-42.
“I was very proud of how the boys came out knowing we would probably walk out with three losses, to get a win and almost two wins,” Haynes said.
The Tigers will compete again at 10 a.m. on Nov. 21 at East Hall High School with Oconee County.