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Tigers host annual tourney
Dawson wrestlers finish second at Amicalola Classic
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Tiger wrestler Ethan Cowart pins his opponent during the Amicalola Classic. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson County News

The Dawson County wrestling team hosted its annual Amicalola Classic tournament last week.

The format for the Dec. 21-22 tournament was a dual team event on day one and an individual double elimination tournament on day two.

Day one dual scores were factored along with points earned on day two to decide who the team champion was.

The top four individuals and top three teams received a trophy.

Head Coach Arron Haynes' team had a strong showing and picked up a second place trophy with 236.5 team points.

Chestatee High School won the championship with 363 points. The Eagles won seven weight classes, had three wrestlers place in second, one in third and one in fourth.

Finishing in third place was East Hall with 220 points.

Day one action saw Dawson County go 4-1 with wins over Chattooga, 60-24, Union County, 63-15, East Hall, 54-24, and East Jackson, 78-3. The only loss on the day was to eventual champion Chestatee by a 43-33 score.

With the win over East Hall, Haynes picked up his 300 win as a head coach.

Ten Tigers wrestlers earned a medal on day two.

Winning their weight class for Dawson County were Jeremy Whalen at 160-pounds and Wyatt Smith at 113-pounds.

Smith defeated Anthony Aguilar from Chestatee in the final.

Whalen won over Garrett Brader from Chestatee.

Finishing in second place were Caine Wells (170-pounds) and Jordan Waddell (285).

Third place finishers were Kelton LeBaron (120) and Robby Rarick (132-pounds).

Taking fourth place medals for the Tigers were: Kevin Arias (120-pounds), Jason Steele (126-pounds), Levi Baggett (152-pounds) and Parker Kincaid (220-pounds).

Also wrestling during the tournament for Dawson County were: Jake Yother (103-pounds), Ethan Cowart (138-pounds), Brandon Jones (145-pounds), Jack Cupp (182-pounds) and Brenden Capps (195-pounds).

The Tigers will continue to be busy during the remainder of the holiday break.

Dawson County traveled to The Wesleyan School yesterday for a dual meet.

Scores were unavailable at press time.

On Saturday they will participate in the Osley B. Sanookee Invitational Cherokee, N.C.

The team will be at home against White County on Jan. 5. The match will also serve as senior night for the Tigers.