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The Dawson County Middle School wrestling team started the season by winning the Eagle Wrestling Classic at Riverview Middle Nov. 1.

The Tigers posted a team score of 167 to take the first place trophy.

Finishing in second place was White County with 140 points.

"We have a lot of work to do, but we're head and shoulders above where we were last year. Coach Christopher Doerrer's technique and ability to connect with athletes has spurred dramatic growth and we are fortunate to have a cohesive working relationship," said Head Coach Thomy Edwards.

Assistant Coach Doerrer was also pleased with the outcome.

"We were excited to have 11 athletes in the finals and 16 placers. Considering we have comparatively low numbers, that's astonishing," he said.

Winning first place for Dawson County were Jake Yother, Mason Askew, DJ Mitchell, Caleb Carter, Chandler Wood, Levi Baggett, Wyatt Smith and Ethan Smith.

Runner-up medals went to Ben McGinnis, Kelton LeBaron, Robbie Rarick and Kevin Arias.

Third place went to Shawn Thomas, Andrew Menoche and Jack Cupp. Coming in fourth place was Iszaack O'Bryant.

On Nov. 6, the Tigers hosted a dual meet with Lumpkin County at Dawson County Middle. Despite fighting hard, Edwards' team was narrowly defeated 48-43.

Dawson County dominated, winning eight of 15 matches, but an early forfeit cost the team a win.

"We knew this would be a tight match and that's why we love wrestling Lumpkin, tough matches make tough wrestlers," Edwards said

In exhibition matches with Lumpkin, the Tigers won 23 of 34 matches.