Sports

February 1, 2013

Prep wrestling: Teams hope for good surprises at area traditional tourneys

There are those expected to advance.

Then there are the surprises.

Local high school wrestling teams begin competition at their respective area traditional tournaments today, with Murray County hosting the Area 3-2A tournament, Coahulla Creek and North Murray heading to Central Carroll for the Area 2-3A tournament and Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield at Gilmer for the Area 7-4A tournament.

In Area 3-2A, competition begins at 5:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday, with the finals anticipated at 3:30 p.m. In Area 2-3A, competition starts at 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday, with the finals expected at 3 p.m. In Area 7-4A, start times are 4 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, when the finals are slated for 4 p.m.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to next week’s sectional tournaments, where finishing in the top half of the bracket will grant them a spot in the state tournament.

At each of the area tournaments involving local teams, local wrestlers are among those who are either seeded high or expected by their coaches to do well. Yet each team is hoping for one or two eyebrow-raising performances from someone unexpected.

Murray County coach Chris Thornbury, who has led the Indians since the early 1990s and is the longest tenured among area coaches, knows the traditional postseason is good for a few strange turns of events. In addition to upsets on the mat, there could be controversial calls and wrestlers who either suffer an injury, don’t make weight or are ejected from competition.

Like other coaches, Thornbury just hopes the bracket shockers are wearing his team’s colors. He’s seen “unbeatable” wrestlers lose before and doesn’t want his team to pay attention to “hype.”

“We talk to our guys about competing,” Thornbury said, “because there are things that are going to happen in these next three weeks you never dreamed would happen. People are going to be shocked. But you can’t control those things, so you’ve got to compete and seize the day when the opportunity arises.”

Text Only
Sports
  • DHS at Heritage 1 mlh.jpg Generally disappointed

    Dalton High School’s baseball team started the fifth inning of Friday’s crucial Sub-region 7B-4A game against Heritage-Catoosa with four consecutive hits.
    The only problem for the Catamounts was that was where their good hitting started and stopped.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup: Upset puts N. Murray in baseball playoffs

    Over the past few seasons, a late-season game with Sonoraville has been the deciding factor in whether the North Murray High School baseball team advanced to the state playoffs.

    April 18, 2014

  • Miller, Mariners off to NAIA title tournament

    Former Dalton High School golf standout Chase Miller is finishing his senior year at College of Coastal Georgia on a high note.

    April 18, 2014

  • NW at SE soccer   5  mlh.jpg On to the title match

    With around 15 minutes left in Thursday’s Region 7-4A semifinals match, Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team increased pressure on Southeast Whitfield with hopes of a tying goal.
    But the host Raiders were the ones getting the late goal.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • DHS tennis day 2 2 mlh.jpg Prep tennis: Perfect Colts claim title in Region 5-3A

    Coahulla Creek High School’s boys tennis team only needed three years to win its first region championship.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Heritage at DHS baseball 3 mlh.jpg Prep baseball: Cats must win today to clinch No. 2 seed

    Dalton High School’s baseball team led 6-5 against visiting Heritage-Catoosa as late as the fifth inning with a chance to clinch second place in Sub-region 7B-4A.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Region track and field: Richardson paces Murray Co. girls

    Katlyn Richardson has had an impressive junior season for Murray County High School’s girls track and field team.

    April 17, 2014

  • Colts boys have shot at 3A golf state sectional

    Coahulla Creek High School’s boys golf team finished second in the Region 5-3A tournament at Calhoun’s Fields Ferry Golf Course on Thursday, but now the Colts will have to wait to see if they will advance to the Class 2A state sectional tournament.

    April 17, 2014

  • CHS Lowe_Bartley 3 mlh.jpg Let’s keep playing

    Academic offerings played a big part in which college football program nabbed Christian Heritage School’s Nich Bartley, one of the area’s top players in 2013.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep roundup: Coahulla Creek hurts N. Murray’s playoff hopes

    One play in the fifth inning, during which the sun got in pitcher Braiden Jacobs’ eyes, seemed to encapsulate the entire season for Coahulla Creek High School’s baseball team.
    But it could be one rule misinterpretation that defines the season for North Murray.

    April 17, 2014