By Mauli Desai Staff Writer On January 6 the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Matdogs rivaled against Oconee County (OC), with one of the most exciting matches of the season. With “efforts off the charts” as said by Coach Robbins, the head wrestling coach, the MCHS wrestling team competed with vigor against the Oconee warriors.
“Our guys really battled in this one, winning 7 of 14 bouts,” said Robbins. “Unfortunately OC got the bonus points that were needed to edge us out. You hear it all the time, but this one really could have and should have gone our way.”
Despite the technical loss, Robbins was proud of how well the team performed against such fierce competition.
“We definitely wrestled well enough to win, but unfortunately the calls and the breaks didn’t go our way. I was particularly proud of Jesse Brooks and Laddarius Andrews for their efforts at 170 and 182. Even though they both ultimately came up short, they gave OC’s best two guys all they wanted, nearly knocking them off,” noted Robbins.
This match was important in determining the seeding for the region and the state duals, the top two teams from this weekend will advance to the region duals, with the top four individuals from each weight class advancing to the region traditional in February. The fierce rivalry between Oconee and Morgan County was palpable from both the onlookers and the teams, with many players being motivated by the competition. Andrews and Brooks performing outstandingly against their respective opponent, both players “probably had the best matches of the year so far” commented Coach Robbins. The greatest strength of the wrestling team this year is “conditioning and skill from the top position” according to Robbins, and their main weakness consisting of having “most experienced bunched together and be in the lineup at the same time”. The MCHS wrestling team will be having their senior night on January 20, with a match against Monticello starting at 5 p.m. in the New Gym at Morgan County High School.