Coahulla Creek is seeded toward the bottom in the 10-team field and is scheduled to face Chapel Hill in the first round. Coach Anthony Thomas feels the landscape is wide open.
“I really don’t think there is a powerhouse in our area,” Thomas said, noting Adairsville is the top seed and would be the Colts’ opponent if they won in the first round. “Four teams will be out of it tonight and only six teams come back Saturday. Everybody is down from where they were, but I imagine everyone is getting better. We’re a lot better from where we are at the beginning of the year.”
Sonoraville is the second seed, followed in order by Rockmart, Cartersville and Ringgold.
“I could see us being a top-four team,” Thomas said. “I don’t think that’s too far out the realm of possibilities. It really just comes down to where the other team’s good kids are out and how they match with our top kids.”
He expects Coahulla Creek to sport a full lineup with Francisco Sanchez (113) and Labron Kendrick (145) leading the way. Christian Castro could wrestle at either 220 or 285, depending where he’s needed, Thomas said.
Murray County goes into the tournament at Pepperell on the outside looking in, but standing very close to the fence. The Indians have had good showings at tournaments throughout the year, but the team faces serious issues with depth.
“When we have everyone there, we are OK,” coach Clay Thornbury said. “We can’t afford to have anyone sick or anyone miss weight. For us to have a shot, we have to have everything come together.
“Things happen during wrestling season, but we have about 15-16 kids total on the whole thing and that makes a big deal.”
Lovett is the No. 1 seed for the tournament, followed by Calhoun, Westminster and Model. The Indians have placed higher than Calhoun at the two regular-season tournaments both schools have participated in.
“I think a top-four finish would be a good showing for us and I think that is certainly attainable,” Thornbury said. “We have to have every one there and have everyone on top of their game.”
The Indians will be led by 113-pounder Domingo Bautista, who has placed in every tournament Murray County has participated in. Seth Gilbert (220) has two places this year, and freshman Noah Patton has been solid at 275.