By Chris Whitfield
Using a variety of wrestlers at each weight class, Northwest Whitfield High School’s team didn’t suffer from not having a set lineup on Wednesday at the Coahulla Creek Thanksgiving Duals in Varnell.
The Bruins went 4-1 to finish in second place in the event, beating Gordon Lee, Armuchee, Dalton and Coahulla Creek before falling in the championship to LaFayette. It was the second of three events for the Bruins this week. After wrestling in the Etowah Duals on Tuesday and at Coahulla Creek on Wednesday, Northwest travels to Heritage-Catoosa Thanksgiving Duals on Saturday. Dalton, Morris Innovative and Southeast Whitfield will join the Bruins in Ringgold.
“We are just getting mat time, and I am just beating them kids up,” Northwest coach Allen Tucker said. “We will have to recover after this week, but we have to get mat time. We will let them have turkey (Thursday), practice (today) and get up and go to Heritage on Saturday. Some of these kids will have had 15 matches before it is all over this week.”
Northwest started the day with a 39-36 win over Gordon Lee with Bryan Gembe getting a pin in the last match of the victory at 113 pounds. Needing a pin or a major decision to give Northwest the win, Gembe got the pin to push the Bruins over the top. In the 48-30 win over Dalton, Tucker said Jacob Swan had the best outing of the match. Swan overcame a 10-2 deficit to win 12-10 at 106.
The Bruins beat Armuchee 52-21, and took an easy 56-18 win over the hosts. In the win over the Colts, Aaron Scott, a first-year wrestler who only recently got into the wrestling room after finishing up the football season, got a pin in his first match at 160.
Dalton went 3-2 on the day, winning over Coahulla Creek twice and Armuchee, but falling to the Bruins and Gordon Lee. Coach Michael Keefe reported that Werner Braun was a standout at 170.
Coahulla Creek and Murray County did not report results before The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Southeast Whitfield’s Ty Pendley scored 17 points, and Rhett Harper added nine, but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders fell to East Paulding 61-43 Wednesday night in the Southeast Hoopfest.
In other games Wednesday, Woodland-Cartersville’s boys beat North Murray, 79-44; the Woodland girls beat Ridgeland, 49-29; and Heritage-Catoosa’s girls beat East Paulding 48-44.
In today’s boys action, Excel Christian plays Bremen (11:30 a.m.), North Murray takes on Southeast (2:30 p.m.), Darlington and Heritage-Catoosa meet at 5:30, and East Paulding faces Woodland-Bartow (8:30). In the girls bracket, games include Ridgeland versus East Paulding (1 p.m.), Southeast takes on Excel Christian (4) and Heritage faces Woodland (7).
North Murray’s boys (1-1) were held to single digits in both the second and third quarters in the loss to Woodland. Jordan Couch led the Mountaineers with 15 points.