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A trio of Dawson County middle school wrestlers won Mountain League titles after the team finished fourth in Duals
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Javen Jett tussles with his opponent during the Mountain League Dual Championship Friday, Dec. 9. He would go on to win an individual championship the next day. - photo by Rio White


After an undefeated regular season, the Dawson County Middle School wrestling team placed fourth at the Mountain League Dual Championship hosted by Pickens High School Friday, Dec. 9.

Three members of the team would go on to win individual championships in their respective weight classes the next day during the traditional competition. 

Javen Jett, Cody McBrayer and Ronan O’Keeffe all won individual titles during Saturday morning’s tournament. Those three wrestlers had also won their matches Friday night.

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During Friday’s team event, the two-time defending champion Tigers had a tough time against a talented Lumpkin team to start the night.

Jett was the first Tiger sent to the mat and was successful early, using his agility and quick thinking to best his opponent. 

After Jett’s early win, the Tigers fell short in several matches, many of which were close and lasted several minutes. 

O’Keeffe would help bring the Tigers back on the board with his own win, showing good sportsmanship after his hard-earned victory.

Soon after that, McBrayer had one of the team’s strongest performances of the night, taking an aggressive approach early on to swing the momentum his way.

While his win would help the Tigers decrease their deficit, Lumpkin would continue to lead after that.

A couple of late wins for Dawson would give them some consolation points, but the Tigers would lose 46-32.

Later that night, Dawson would lose to White County in the third-place match to finish fourth overall.

On Saturday, Jett won the 75-pound weight class before O’Keeffe won the 135-pound class and McBrayer won the 155-pound class. 

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