Colonels win Crossbone duals; ‘Cats and Canes nearing full lineups
by Jason Greenberg
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Against several quality wrestling teams at the Crossbone Duals held at East Paulding High on Saturday, Cass was the best.

The Colonels split their squad into two teams, blue team and the gray team, and the gray team defeated all five of its opponents Saturday during the tournament to claim first place.

Wrestlers who went undefeated at 5-0 during the event include Blake Walker in the 126-pound class, Rashad Williams in the 132-pound class, Montavius Turner in the 145-pound class and Tyjuan Jett in the heavyweight class. Turner and Jett won on pins in each match.

The blue team took second in the silver pool, which was made up of teams that finished second in their original pools.

Cass is getting closer to full strength and the Crossbone Duals were the closest Cass has had to a full lineup

The Colonels also did well at Etowah High for the Eagle Duals the week before. Cass finished fourth and lost to defending region and state champs Gilmer by just six points. Cass failed to have wrestlers compete in two weight classes and, therefore, forfeited 12 points to Gilmer.

Woodland takes third

Woodland wrestled at the Walton Duals Saturday and finished third as the Wildcats lost to Creekview 33-33 with the edge going to Creekview on determinants, meaning they won more matches.

“We had some opportunities to do some things that could have given us the edge, but we wrestled without our defending state champ, Logan Sims,” Woodland head coach Adrian Tramutola said of Sims, who was cleared to resume practice once again on Monday. “We haven’t wrestled with our full lineup yet, but we’re getting close.”

According to Tramutola, Woodland lost “three or four” matches by one point.

Senior Isaiah Ross did his best to help Woodland as he went undefeated in the tournament, including a victory over the defending state champ from Holy Innocents, Jason Grimes.

Jacob May and Jake Huffine also went undefeated.

Canes go 3-2

Cartersville wrestling coach Garvin Edwards believes the only way to make his team better is to have his team wrestle early, often and against top-notch competition.

His team held its own at the Crossbone Duals at East Paulding Saturday as they finished fifth with a 3-2 record and won their pool to move to 15-9 on the season.

The Canes beat Lithia Springs and South Cobb to advance out of the pool stage. They then lost to Marietta and Heritage, but beat Villa Rica to wrap up the meet.

“I was pleased with the effort of our kids. They were mostly 6A, 5A and 4A schools that were there, so we try to seek out the tougher competition,” Edwards said. “We wrestled 24 duals so that’s a lot of wrestling, and there’s still some time. That’s the only way to get into wrestling shape, is to wrestle. You can practice and try to simulate matches, but until you get in the match, you can’t really simulate it in the wrestling room. So we’ve wrestled a lot already.”

Overall, Edwards believes his team gave a solid showing, but there is room for improvement.

“We still have a lot of young kids — a lot of freshmen at the lower weight classes, and we have some inexperienced kids and freshmen at the upper weight classes,” he said. “Marietta is a AAAAAA school. We felt like we could have done better against Heritage. They do a have a strong program, but we had a couple of kids taking the SATs on Saturday and a couple of our starters were there. I think that would have helped.”

Senior captain Evan Cole has been one of the standouts for Cartersville this season. He is 24-0. Shae Andrews has also contributed as a junior with a 22-2 record. Fellow junior Brandon Reaves also has been a strong wrestler for the Canes and is now down to the 138-pound weight class. Robbie Earick is just a freshman, but he too has posted a strong record in the early going, even against strong competition.