South Georgia Matmen staff report
MACON — For Cook and Pierce, the road both teams will take in the GHSA 3A state duals tournament at the Macon Centreplex can — at best — end in a third-place finish on Saturday.
Both Cook and Pierce sustained single-digit losses in the round of 12 on Thursday afternoon, with the Hornets mounting a furious comeback that fell just short against Islands, falling 37-36.
As for the Bears, their 39-31 loss at the hands of Lumpkin wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate: Pierce had lost eight of the first 10 matches, giving up a 39-7 deficit. Lumpkin then voluntarily forfeited the final four weights of the dual, giving Pierce 24 points in the process.
Cook will face Central (Macon) in a consi round 2 dual, while Pierce takes on Coahulla Creek in that same round. Central (Macon) fell to Jefferson, 78-6, in the quarterfinals on Thursday night, while Coahulla Creek fell to Jackson County, 47-30, also in the quarters. Coahulla and Central both had round of 12 wins Thursday afternoon.
Cook jumped to 12-0 and 18-13 leads over Islands, but two pins at 285 and 106, plus a forfeit, gave Islands a 31-18 lead with five weights to go. The Hornets regained the lead, 33-31, with two weights left, but a loss by fall required a bonus-point win at 145. Cook got the win, but not the bonus point(s).
Steve Odom (152), Shandon Henley (160), Aaron Edmonds (220), Jimmie Lamb (120) and Tyler Inman (126) all won by fall for Cook, with Tripp Williams (12-8 at 132) and KJ Walton (6-5 at 145) both winning by decisions.
Lumpkin never trailed in its dual with the Bears, leading 24-5 nearly midway through, with five pins proving decisive in the opponents’ favor.
Zack Fullard (126), Todd Carter (132), Tristan Music (138) and Trevor Thoere (145) were the wrestlers granted the forfeits rather than competition once the dual was effectively over. Dalton Malone (16-1 tech at 170) and Jake Herman (6-4 at 285) had Turner’s only contested wins in the dual.
First-day results from the round of 12 and the quarterfinals can be found here: 3A STATE DUALS DAY 1 RESULTS
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