The Dawson County Middle School wrestling team captured the 2014 Mountain League Dual Championship on Saturday. The Tigers, under head coach Thomy Edwards and assistant Christopher Doerrer, went 3-0 in the tournament to bring home a first place trophy.
Dawson County defeated Pickens, 56-28, Gilmer, 57-27 and Lumpkin County, 54-18.
Pinning their opponents against Pickens were: Mason Askew, Levi Baggett, Ethan Smith, Wyatt Smith, Robbie Rarick and Kelton LeBaron. Earning points were Jack Cupp and Ben McGinnis.
Against Gilmer: Christian Summers, Cupp, Baggett, Chandler Wood, Rarick, Wyatt Smith, Askew and McGinnis all had pins. DJ Mitchell also picked up points for the Tigers.
In the victory over Lumpkin, McGinnis, Askew, Wyatt Smith, Rarick, Wood, Cupp and Summers all pinned their opposition. LeBaron, Andrew Menoche, Baggett and Ethan Smith all earned points for the team.
"At the beginning of the year, we earned a close victory over Gilmer. This time, it was a definitive win over the Bobcats. We have gotten better, as evidenced, as Lumpkin actually beat us by five the first time we wrestled. I'm so proud of our kids," Edwards said.
The Tigers wrestled at Riverview Middle School against Fannin County and White County on Dec. 11, in a warm-up for the league championship.
Once again Dawson County dominated with an easy 65-23 victory over Fannin and a 50-30 win over White.
Pinning their opponents were: McGinnis, Wyatt Smith, Askew, Baggett and Rarick. Winning by technical fall was LeBaron. Collecting team points were Shawn Thomas and Menoche.
McGinnis, Wyatt Smith and Rarick won by pins. Earning points were: Askew, Wyatt Smith, LeBaron, Menoche, Wood and Cupp. Getting a technical fall was Levi Baggett.