The Veterans wrestling team successfully defended its county title, sweeping four county rivals at the Houston County duals on Saturday at Veterans.
“We knew everybody would be after us,” Veterans wrestler Taylor Morrison said. “Our coach told us we’d really need to step it up and stay focused. We can’t give up anything that we shouldn’t.”
Wrestling in the 138-pound weight classification, Morrison was one of four Warhawks to win each of his four bouts. Willie Hambrick (152 pounds), Cody Walters (195) and Stephen Kelly (182) were also perfect against four opponents. All are seniors. They had 15 pins between them.
The Warhawks routed Houston County and Warner Robins, their first two opponents in the round-robin format. Things were tight against Perry High School, but Veterans High emerged with a 48-30 win.
Having already clinched the championship, Veterans then locked up with Northside in what proved to be the match of the day. Northside High wrestlers Jeremy Bryant and Kalob Willis earned pins in the final two bouts to tie the team score at 39. The Warhawks were awarded the victory on the basis of a takedown tiebreaker.
“We’re a good team and we all work well together and support each other,” Morrison said. “We teach each other what to do during practice and then we try to execute.”
— Chris Deighan
Also Saturday, Howard claimed the Bibb County wrestling championship Saturday, pulling away from second-place FPD.
Howard finished with 215 points to 168 for FPD. The rest of the team standings were Southwest (136), Rutland (133), Westside (67), Northeast (57) and Central (12).
The individual winners were: 106 — Aswad Henderson (Rutland); 113 — Colter Dewees, (Howard); 120 — Immanuel Henderson (Rutland); 126 — Antwan Brown (Westside); 132 — Connor Morris (FPD); 138 — Eugene Carswell (Southwest); 145 — Cole Wheeler (FPD); 152 — Joseph Brittain (FPD); 160 — Greyson Bargeron (FPD); 170 — Clifford Kleckley (Rutland); 182 — Will Black (FPD); 195 — Rashaad Townes (Howard); Samuel Mullis (FPD); 285 — Martin Wilson (FPD).