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Wrestling team out to strong start
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Ethan Cowart takes to the mat during Dawson County's Nov. 15 season opener. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers' wrestling team is off to a solid start on the season after posting wins over every opponent it faced last week.

"So far, this team continues to shine despite its youth," said Head Coach Arron Haynes. "I have a solid group of upper classmen leading our younger guys to victory."

The team returns senior Jeremy Whalen and sophomores Wyatt Smith and Kelton LeBaron who all advanced to the state championships last season for Haynes.

"They are all leaders on the mat and push their teammates to get better every day," Haynes said.

Whalen is the current team captain after an end-of-season vote last year and Haynes said a second will be chosen next week.

Dawson opened up the season Nov. 15 at home in a meet with White County, Pinecrest Academy and Riverside Military Academy.

The team got a 48-27 win over White County and an 84-0 win over Pinecrest Academy. The Tigers also defeated Riverside Military by a score of 40-24.

In the Nov. 18 home meet, Dawson took down Habersham Central 48-27 and Union County 74-0.

On Nov. 19, the team traveled to the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartan Scramble where there were no team scores recorded, only champions in weighed pools.

According to Haynes, Dawson won four pools with Whalen, Christian Harper, Smith and Parker Kincaid.

"It was a good day of wrestling with a lot of mat time with most wrestlers seeing five matches," Haynes said.

With a 5-0 start, Haynes felt the team would face a real test against East Hall during the Nov. 22 meet with East Hall and Oconee.

Dawson County returns to the mat after the Thanksgiving break when they travel to North Oconee for the North Oconee Duals at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3.