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January 3, 2014

Prep roundup: Three still in hunt for state duals

Rivals Dalton High School and Northwest Whitfield will meet on the wrestling mat with plenty on the line this morning at the Area 7-4A duals in Ellijay at Gilmer High, but both teams will need help in order to have a chance to earn a spot at the state tournament.

Northwest, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, beat fourth-seeded Heritage-Catoosa 43-24 in its first match of the tournament but lost to top-seeded Gilmer 60-11 in the semifinals. The win puts Gilmer in the championship match against Cass, and sets up a showdown between the Bruins and the Catamounts.

Dalton, which wrestled four matches on Friday, will meet the Bruins at 10 a.m. at Gilmer with the winner advancing to a third-place match against the winner of Heritage and LaFayette. If Gilmer defeats Cass and Northwest Whitfield were to win the third-place match, the Bruins will face Cass for a “true” second since the two teams have not faced each other in the tournament. Dalton could win through on Saturday, but it would not have a chance to advance to state unless Cass upsets Gilmer in the championship match. Dalton and Cass wrestled on Friday with Cass taking a 66-12 victory in a quarterfinal match.

Northwest got a perfect day from Bryan Gembe, who won both of his matches at 106 pounds. Blake Hayes (113) and Austin Taylor (152) were both 1-1, while the Bruins also got pins from Jordan Pittman (170), Jordan Lewis (195) Timmy Peters (126), Austin Taylor (152) and Dillan Darrah (182).

“Our juniors wrestled real well, and our young kids are doing what they are supposed to do, which is not give up points by pin,” Northwest coach Allen Tucker said. “This is a great group of kids considering what we have lost through the year to injury.”

Dalton started the day with a 73-6 victory over Ridgeland and then won two matches after falling to Cass. Dalton beat Cedartown 82-0 and then eliminated Southeast Whitfield 54-24. Southeast’s other results from the day were not reported to by the The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

For the Cats, Saul Pena (160) and Sidney Wheeler (182) were both 4-0 on the day, while Dylan Carlile (132), Brian Nunez (138), Werner Braun (170) and Matthew Tankersley (106) were all 3-1.

• Coahulla Creek is still alive in the Area 5-3A duals at Adairsville after four matches.

The Colts beat Chapel Hill 51-27 in the first round but lost to top-seeded Adairsville 38-28 to fall to the consolation bracket. Coahulla Creek bested Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 71-10 and then beat Cartersville 52-27.

The Colts wrestle today at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation bracket quarterfinals against the loser of Rockmart and Sonoraville, which face off earlier today. Coahulla Creek must win three more matchups to finish in the top two of the area and qualify for the state duals.

Gaspar Andrew and Francisco Sanchez each finished 3-0 swapping back and forth from 113 to 120.

• Murray County was eliminated from the Area 7-2A duals at Pepperell after four matches.

The Indians beat Coosa 36-22 in the first round but lost 54-27 versus second-ranked Calhoun. Murray County won 42-22 against Chattooga in the first round of the consolation bracket but lost 52-28 against Westminister in the consolation quarterfinals.

Murray County only had nine kids attend the event — due to illness, mixups due to inclement weather and injuries — and forfeited six weight classes in each match.

Daniel Dayton finished 3-0 in the 126-pound weight class and Clay Thornbury (195) returned from an ACL injury suffered during the first game of football season to go 4-0. Dustin Gibson (182) finished 3-1, as did Noah Patton (285).

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