By Tom White
Last Saturday, The Morgan County High School Wrestling team traveled to Cherokee Bluff High School to compete in the GHSA Duals tournament for the first time in five years. Facing a perennial powerhouse in Gilmer and a familiar opponent in Hart County, the team tried to overcome several forfeits but ultimately fell to both teams.
MCHS Coach Carter Shultz said the “forfeits were too much to overcome” and as a team “you can’t afford giving up free points” to teams at this level.
The Dogs held their own against Gilmer, who was runner-up in the tournament. Five Dogs took down Bobcats in the first round including Cason Turner who won on points in overtime. Chase Scherer (113) and Griffin McAlister (120) closed the opening round with pins. Brandon Grindle (138) also added points to the team score with a win on points.
In the consolation round, the Dogs faced a familiar opponent in Hart County after years of being in the same region. McAlister (120), Zach Wages (145), Cason Turner (152) and Jeremiah Grimsley (195) all scored pins and Grindle (132) scored a win by major decision.
The wrestling team is back in action Saturday at home as they host the Area Traditional Tournament beginning at 9 a.m.