The Cass and Adairsville wrestling teams got some strong mid-week competition wrestling against each other Thursday, as well as defending Class 3A state champ Sonoraville in a three-way dual meet.
Cass split the two matches, beating Adairsville 54-18 but losing to Sonoraville 49-21.
Adairsville lost both matches, but nearly knocked off Sonoraville, losing 40-36.
"We were flat against Cass in our first dual," Adairsville coach Ryan Torrence said after the dual. "We wrestled Sonoraville pretty well. We lost 36-40 but they're returning state champs. We were really proud of what our guys did tonight. They all stepped up tonight."
Cass coach D.L. Koontz said his team wrestled well despite forfeiting the two highest weight classes and getting wrestlers into their best weight classes before area and state duals.
"Obviously, happy against Adairsvile because we came out on the winning end," Koontz said. "Sonoraville is a really good team, returning state champs. Some matches were close where we got pinned at the end or we gave up a major at the end. Giving up the bonus points, we have to fix that, especially if you want to compete in the duals. It's about minimizing and maximizing when you can. But it's definitely good to see a great team early on like that. It's going to help us later on in the season."
Cass' Kendall Arnold, Isaac Linley and Bryce Kresho all won against Sonoraville, but Koontz also identified Hunter Rees as keeping his match in the 126-pound weight class close against a strong wrestler in Sonoraville's Eli Knight.
For Adairsville, Austin Jackson, Angel Banda, JT Jolly, Jody Sutton, Westin Ramsey and Noah Standridge all went undefeated on the day.
"Literally, every guy, whether they won or not, did their job," Torrence said of the Sonoraville match to keep it close against the defending state champ. "We're really proud of all our guys against Sonoraville because it took a team effort."
Torrence said he's still missing two of his top wrestlers due to injuries — Nic Jackson and Dalton Cornet — but expects them back next week. In the meantime, Torrence said his team can improve by facing off against two strong wrestling programs in the middle of the week before bigger weekend tournaments.
"This is exactly what we look for mid-week, something to get out there to use what we put in on practice in a match," he said. "It gives us a chance to come back on Friday and make adjustments before a tournament on Saturday."