By R. Alan Richardson
With only one more week remaining in the State Championship Wrestling Tournament, the Morgan County Bulldogs will send three of their four wrestlers to the Big Dance in Macon. Donovan McElligott, Finn Williams, and Mason Adams all advanced from the State Sectionals.
Morgan County Head Wrestling Coach Carter Shultz sent us these details, “We took four wrestlers to Sectionals at Jefferson last Friday and Saturday and three will move on. Mason Adams placed fifth at 132, Finn Williams placed third at 182, and Donovan McElligott was tournament champion at 170 pounds. Trevor Craft, unfortunately, fell one round short of making the state tournament in the 152 pound class.”
He continued, “We came out really hot on Friday night and put ourselves in good position heading into Saturday. Looking at the bracket, I knew Mason would have a tough first match against Adairsville and we were able to hang on and win a tight match. After that Mason was able to really open up on an Area Champion from Islands before securing a fall and advancing to the Semifinals. Although he suffered tough losses in the Championship and Consolation Semifinals, I feel good about the way he is wrestling going into this State tournament. Donovan cruised in his quarterfinals match, and then met up with a returning state runner up, Nic Jackson, from Adairsville in the Semifinals. He was able to gut out a close one to advance to the Finals where he once again met multiple time placer Mason Corbett from Jefferson. There was never any doubt in the match as Donovan dominated for the entire six minutes earning a 4-1 victory.
Finn also cruised in his Quarterfinals match pinning an Area Champion from Savannah Arts before falling to a tough Sonoraville wrestler in the Semifinals. However, he recovered quickly and wrestled extremely well to come back and get third.
Shultz summed the weekend up with these words, “I couldn’t be more excited with the way we are wrestling heading into State. The guys are really starting to hit their stride and wrestling intelligently and offensively. With one more week of practice we will clean up some of the smaller issues and get ready to cut loose on everything in our path in Macon. These three guys have been the leaders of our team all year both on and off the mat and their success is a direct result of their discipline and hard work.”