By Mauli Desai and Zachary Parker Staff Writers
The MCHS Matdogs defeated North Oconee last week. On Tuesday December 2, MCHS JV and V wrestling Matdogs competed against North Oconee at Home. Head Coach John Robbins said, “I was really happy with the home opener [on Tuesday], we had one of the better crowds, and the support means a lot to us.” The overall score for the match being 68-8, indicating a strong start for the wrestling season. The highlight of the evening was Junior Jody McAlister (145 lbs.) who defeated his opponent 17-2. The seniors this year Nathan Lundy (106 lbs.), Jeremy Worth (182 lbs.), Jacob Beckham 138 lbs.), Jesse Brook (220 lbs.), Trey Pitts and Rogers Burke (145 lbs.), with Lundy and Worth being named senior captains. After Morgan County handily defeated North Oconee 68-8 in the season’s opening home match last Tuesday, winning 11 out of 14 matches, Coach Robbins was proud of the team’s performance. Even with a few starting wrestlers out due to sickness, Coach Robbins said that he was very pleased with the results. “Our backups that stepped in did really well,” said Coach Robbins. “It was a pretty good start to our home season, and we had a really good crowd there.” Sophomore Jody McAlister had a great showing in Tuesday’s match, defeating a senior wrestler from North Oconee. The team travelled to Harrison on Saturday for the Hoya Invitational where they took first place in the tournament. With 184 points, Morgan County was 14 points ahead of the second place Southwest DeKalb team. “I couldn’t be happier with how the team is wrestling right now,” said Robbins. “We are still making some mistakes, but these guys showed this weekend that they would fight regardless of the circumstances.” Robbins went on to explain that even though the team lost a few close matches, the wrestlers were able to do well in the consolation bracket and get Morgan County the points it needed to come out on top. Finalists Sean McElligott, Dmonta Wright, and Michael Rhodes were led by lone champion Jody McAlister, who had another outstanding day. McElligott and Rhodes both played important for the team by making the finals, which Coach Robbins explained is rare for sophomores, particularly at a 6A tournament. According to Robbins the biggest competition for the Matdogs is Jefferson High School, which has moved up into AAA division. But the wrestlers have been in the top 4 in the state for the last few years, so their persistence and hard work will not be overlooked. The Matdogs competed against Harrison High (JV) and Collins Hill (V) on Saturday December 6th. The team practices daily Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. with Fridays and Saturdays being competition days, the wrestlers having open mat starting at 3 p.m. on Sundays for extra practice. John Robbins, Head Coach, encourages everyone to attend the wrestling matches and show support at the Morgan County Christmas Classic on Friday, Dec. 19 starting at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. More information and updates on the Matdogs can be found at Morganwrestling.com. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook at MCHS wrestling. The team will travel to Madison County this week for a meet with their team and Walnut Grove, and will host the annual Christmas Classic in Morgan County on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13.