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Wrestlers take second at the Amicalola Classic
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Senior Ethan Cowart wrestles last week in the Amicalola Classic at 145 pounds. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The margin of victory was about as narrow as possible in last week's Amicalola Classic wrestling tournament at Dawson County High School.

Blessed Trinity pulled out the first place finish by one and a half points over Dawson County High School.

"Oh yes it was a tight finish, about as close as you could get," said Coach Arron Haynes about the slim margin between the Tigers and the Titans. "I am very pleased with how we finished up.

"I feel like we had a great second day with several of the wrestlers winning matches against opponents that had defeated them the day before."

Duals took place on Dec. 30 and the traditional tournament was on Dec. 31.

The Titans finished with 258.5 points and the Tigers with 257.

East Hall took third at 212 and Chestatee was fourth at 132.

Haynes was proud of all the wrestlers, as well as the parents and volunteers, who made the event possible.

"This may have been the best all-around Amicalola Classic that I have been a part of over the past 18 years," Haynes said.

Sophomore and last year's area champion, Kelton LeBaron, took first place (113 pounds).

Sophomore Wyatt Smitt finished first (120 pounds) and freshman Jake Walker finished second (126 pounds).

Sophomore Levi Baggestt took third place (152 pounds) and junior Brandon Jones was third (160 pounds).

"I am very excited about where several of the wrestlers are right now, but two really stand out with regards to where they were last year-285 lb. junior Jake Williams and 170 lb. junior Nate Umberger have really turned things around the past three weeks of the season," Haynes said.

Umberger (170 pounds) and Williams (285 pounds) both finished in second place.

Senior Jeremy Whalen wrestled to a first place spot (182 pounds), as did sophomore Jack Cupp (195 pounds).

Senior Parker Kincaid finished third (220 pounds).

Last week's finish puts the team at 21-7 overall as they prepare for the area duals on Jan. 6 and 7 at DCHS.

"I am very excited about where we are," Haynes said. "By no means are we favored to get one of the two coveted spots for the state tournament, but if things fall just right and we capitalize, then we could possibly pull an upset, but we need the perfect storm."

The team competed on Jan. 3 at home against Gainesville and Flowery Branch but results were not available as of press time.