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WRESTLING: Tigers seize fourth win of season at weekend tournament
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Riley Westbrooks holds his opponent in place while he waits for the ref to signal his victory during the January 2 match against Chestatee High School. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers wrestling team won their fourth match of the season against Chestatee High School on Jan. 2.

After forfeiting three weight classes due to wrestlers missing the tournament at Gilmer High School, Logan Buytendorp went to the mat with a chance to secure victory for the Tigers. Going into the third round of his match, Buytendorp was down 5-3, but was able to pin his opponent after tying the match 5-5. 

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Colton Schuette holds his opponent in place while he waits for the ref to signal his victory during the January 2 match against Chestatee High School. - photo by Jacob Smith

As long as Tigers wrestler Scotty Warner did not get pinned, the team’s victory would be final. Warner took care of business, pinning his opponent in the second round. The Tigers won 48-36. 

“The win felt good,” Tigers head coach Arron Haynes said after the matches on Saturday. “These young men have battled all season with forfeits and injuries so it is good to feel a win for a change.”

The Tigers also wrestled against Etowah High School from Woodstock, Ga., Adairsville High School, Forsyth Central High School and Gilmer High School from Ellijay, Ga. The Tigers were competitive in all four other matches, but ultimately lost. 

Colton Schuette won four of his five individual matches, with one of them coming by forfeit. His brother, Kincaid Schuette, won both of his matches. He sustained a minor injury in his second match against Etowah and Haynes decided to sit him for the rest of the day with the area tournament just a few weeks away. 

Buytendorp and Bradley Newton both won three of their five matches and Warner, Will Whalen, Riley Westbrooks each won two individual matches. 

“I felt that overall we wrestled well today,” Haynes said. “Our young wrestlers are maturing very quickly and getting better every day so the area tournament is looking much more promising day by day, if we can just be healthy and not quarantined that weekend.”

The wrestling team will continue their season with a home match against Morgan County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The match begins at 5 p.m. 

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