Two years ago, the Wildcats defeated Pope in the semifinals and then Alexander in the finals to win the state team dual wrestling championship. Last year it was Pope defeating Woodland to win the coveted state championship. At 3 p.m. today at the Macon Centreplex, Woodland and Pope will wrestle each other to see who wins this year’s Class AAAAA state team dual championship.
The Greyhounds entered the state team dual meet as the No. 1 seed. Woodland traveled down to Macon as the No. 2 seed.
“Pope will be the favorite to repeat as champions, but that can all change if we do what we are capable of accomplishing on the mat,” Woodland wrestling coach Adrian Tramutola said.
Tramutola understands the tough task that awaits his wrestlers.
Pope is ranked 28th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 34th nationally in another poll. Coach James Haskins has his Greyhounds wrestling teams throughout the country due to a lack of local competition.
“They [the Greyhounds] are loaded with seniors and experience,” Tramutola said. “Our team has four to five starters who remember what happened last year. We have eight new faces on this year’s team who have been instrumental in getting to where we are.”
The Wildcats made it to the championship round by defeating Stephenson rather easily Thursday, 58-19, and then beating Creekview and Ola by one point each on Saturday.
It was 33-32 against Creekview and 34-33 against Ola.
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