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Wrestling team continues success on the mat
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The Dawson County Tigers wrestling team continues to find success on the mat as they come off of a first place finish at Union County and a third place finish in the North Oconee duals last Saturday.

The team is now 10-2 and Coach Arron Haynes is pleased with what he has seen.

During the North Oconee Duals on Dec. 3, Dawson County beat Oglethorpe County in the opening rounds 76-6.

The team followed up that win with a 78-3 victory over Cedar Shoals and a 46-17 win over Monroe Area.

After winning their pool 3-0, the team moved into the finals but was plagued by injuries.

They lost to Hillcrest High School out of Greenville, South Carolina-one of the largest in its district. The score was 51-17.

They also faced a tough Richmond Hill High School team out of Savannah.

"We had a lot of injuries going into that one," Haynes said. "We had a chance to win that one."

The Tigers lost 31-42.

"Had we beaten Richmond Hill, it would've put us in a three way tie for first place with them, Hillcrest and us. We just couldn't pull it out with injuries," he said.

Despite what became a third place finish, Haynes said he happy with the effort.

"Some things [injuries] had been eating on us. Some we had today too. It's just one of those things that happens in wrestling. It was a very good third place," he said.

This year's captains were also announced this week and three seniors were selected: Jeremy Whalen, Parker Kincaid and Ethan Cowart.

Aside from the captains, Haynes praised several wrestlers for their efforts both last weekend and throughout the season.

"Kelton LeBaron, Wyatt Smith, both of them week in and week out," he said. "Parker Kincaid had a very good tournament. Big Jake Williams had some key matches for us. He was a big help. Jeremy Whalen is always a big leader for us and we count on him.

"Right now we have got several that are standing out on a team of standouts," he said.

Tomorrow the Tigers travel to Gilmer where they will take on Gilmer and Fannin counties starting at 5:30 p.m.

"Gilmer has won AAAA state the last five years so that will be a battle," he said.

The team will travel to Henderson, NC for the East Henderson Duals at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10.