By Tom White
Saturday, the Morgan County High School wrestling team competed in the GHSA Duals Preliminary Tournament at Pierce County High School in Blackshear, Ga. The Dogs only had to wrestle one team on their way to winning the meet and qualifying for the GHSA Duals tournament for the first time in six years.
The meet was scheduled for four teams – Morgan County, Jackson, Westminster, and Pierce County. Friday morning, the Bulldogs got news that Jackson High School, their first round opponent, had to back out of the meet. This meant the Bulldogs would face the winner of Westminster and Pierce County for their shot to go to state. Westminster, a private school from Atlanta, took the win against Pierce County.
The Dogs had the four wrestlers that they were missing from the area duals back and used their roster of 13 wrestlers to fill all but one of the weight classes. Miles Butler (106) and Chase Scherer (113) were the recipients of forfeits. Griffin McAlister (120) along with Brandon Grindle (132), Zach Wages (145), Jeremiah Grimsley (195), and Chance Rein (HWT) collected pins against the Wildcats. Caleb Turner (160) won on points on the way to the 10-point win for the Bulldogs.
The Dogs dedicated this win to the family of MCHS Alumnus, Chatwin Clark, who passed away last week.
This is the first trip to the GHSA Duals tournament in six years. Head Coach Carter Shultz said that he is “extremely proud of the guys’ effort on Saturday. I’m interested to see how we continue to improve…. We have been talking about making it back to State Duals and we achieved that goal.”
The GHSA Duals Tournament for AAA is Saturday at Cherokee Bluff High School in Flowery Branch. The Bulldogs are the No. 6 seed in the bracket and will take on Gilmer, who Shultz described as a powerhouse.
Also competing on Saturday are Greater Atlanta Christian School, North Hall, Sonoraville, Adairsville, Hart County and Rockmart. The times for the meet have not been released but you can stay up to date on the team on their twitter page @Takedown_Moco.