By R. Alan Richardson
As the Christmas break comes to an end, it’s time for all the teams to get back into the swing of things. Coach Marcus Crowe’s Middle School wrestling team opened up their post-break action with one of the first big tournaments in several years at home. There were nine Middle School teams competing from around the state including Athens Christian, Clarke Central, Liberty, Cousins, Jackson County, South Hall and the Bulldogs of Morgan County.
Crowe commented, “We’re just glad to get back into the swing of things after the break. We did this tournament as a fundraiser and had great crowds and support. All the kids did a good job. We are coming along and very satisfied with how we are improving this year. We hope to keep the program running year round. It was a good day for us.”
The Mat Dogs went 4-1 on the day in the team duals round-robin format with several wrestlers having fine outings. Against Cousins, some of the highlights included wins by Miles Butler, Austin Johnson, Zyjawn Turner-Myers, and Jacere Cooper.
The players commented on their wins. Butler, an 80-85 pound class seventh grader said, “I did pretty good with a pin in the first period. It’s been fun today. I’ve won most of my matches this year and got second in two tournaments.”
Johnson wrestled at 112. The eighth grader told us, “It was a great match. I pinned him in the first period, but he was a tough match.”
Turner-Myers is a 130 pound eighth grader, said, “I really like the tournament today. I’ve won all my matches today and we’re looking forward to the Peach State Tournament next week at Madison County. All the team did a good job today.”
Eighth grade multi-sport athlete, Jacere Cooper also pinned his opponent in the first period. “I’m really enjoying wrestling in my first year. Next year I plan on competing in football, wrestling, track, and football at the high school.”
The Middle School Schedule is quickly coming to an end. Meets remaining on the schedule include a home meet played this past Tuesday, the Peach State Individuals Championship at Madison County on Jan. 12, another final home meet on Jan. 15 with Hart Middle and GMC before finishing up the season with the Peach State Dual Championship on Jan. 19.