Woodland no match against Pope at state dual wrestling meet
by Andrew Adler
Jan 13, 2013 | 934 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was a quiet and long bus ride back home from Macon Saturday night after three grueling days of competition for Woodland’s wrestling team.

Starting Thursday, the Wildcats had defeated Stephenson on Thursday and then Creekview and Ola on Friday. Standing in their way of a state title were the Pope Greyhounds, the No. 1 seed at the Class AAAAA state team dual championships held at the Macon Centreplex.

Woodland, the No. 2 seed, had lost to the Greyhounds last year in the finals.

Make that two straight defeats at the hands of the nationally-ranked Greyhounds, as Woodland was no match for Pope’s strength and experience Saturday.

“I’m extremely proud of our wrestlers,” coach Adrian Tramutola said. “Everybody did a great job of getting us to the championship round. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have it today. Pope was the better team.”

Although the Greyhounds dominated Woodland, 50-14, overall, one of the bright spots emerging from the tournament is a possible fourth straight trip to the state team dual championships.

Tramutola has 12 of his 14 wrestlings returning. Three of those returning wrestlers were a perfect 4-0, including wins against the Greyhounds.

Logan Sims, a freshman, won on a technical pin in the 106-pound division. Jake Huffine, sophomore, who also won by technical pin in the 113-pound division. Isaiah Ross, who is a junior, won by decision, 11-4, in the 195-pound division.

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