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WRESTLING: Tigers secure long-awaited team win on Senior Night
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Senior Noah Roberson and head coach Arron Haynes embrace during the Senior Night recognition. - photo by Rio White

With the home crowd roaring in support, head coach Arron Haynes saw that the Dawson County varsity wrestling team had a chance to earn its first team win against East Forsyth during Senior Night on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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Theresa Garmon (center) also received recognition Tuesday night for over two decades of volunteer work for the wrestling team. - photo by Rio White

As each wrestler went to the mat, the rest of the Tigers went from sitting on the bench to standing up in excitement.

Haynes didn’t hold back either, using his experience and vocal directions to make sure each wrestler was focused.

Eventually, the Tigers prevailed 36-29 against the Broncos, giving everyone in the Ford Phillips Center plenty to cheer for: the team, senior Noah Roberson and longtime volunteer Theresa Garmon.

“I felt like our wrestlers came out on fire against East. We were physical and aggressive,” Haynes said. “It was great to see the team win since we were giving up 30 points in forfeits right off the whistle. That is a lot for any team to overcome and when you consider how young we are it is a tribute to their wil and determination.”

Roberson, the lone senior on the team, was recognized in between the matches against West Forsyth and East Forsyth.

Despite only having wrestled for a couple seasons, Roberson has made significant strides this year, proving to be a scrappy and tough wrestler for opponents to take down.

Also recognized Tuesday night was Garmon, who has been a constant advocate for and well-worn traveler with the team for over two decades.

Serving in a voluntary role, Garmon has watched multiple generations of wrestlers come through Dawson County, including the state champions in the early 2000s.

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Noah Roberson stands with his parents. - photo by Rio White

With her daughter set to take over her role, Garmon was surrounded by the entire team during her recognition, showing how much she meant to the program.

The wrestling team’s journey to its first win came after months of hard work by each wrestler and staff member.

While several individuals had racked up wins during the season, a lack of weight classes combined with injuries meant that the Tigers had a difficult time earning enough team points to compete in the Dual category.

Finally, at the last home meet of the season, everything aligned for the team at the right time.

Veteran and young wrestlers alike contributed to the win, the pins against East Forsyth earned by Jesus Arroyo, Landon Glander, Luke Lowe, Aaric Muilenburg, Mason Rosenberg and Alex Stewart.

Junior varsity wrestlers Max Lowe and Ronan O’Keeffe also won matches.

The wrestling team will have two more regular season matches before heading to the Area 7-3A Traditional Tournament in early February.

The Tigers will head to White County on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and will later travel to Cherokee Bluff on Tuesday, Jan. 24.