The Bulldogs three-peat at the Yellow Jacket Duals

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For the third time in three years the championship match up in the Yellow Jacket Duals, held at Jeff Davis High School, was Toombs County versus Ware County. The Bulldogs beat the Gators in 2013 and 2014 and in the 2015 version, of this grueling two-day event, the Dawgs earned a three-peat by winning all nine of their matches and they defeated Ware twice- 54-20 in pool competition and 41-30 in the finals. Watch a slideshow

In the first place match, the Bulldogs trailed Ware County 24-4 after five of the 14 weight classes. Nathan Belch, the Bulldogs’ only senior, earned the four points with a major decision. The Dawgs also won in the heavy weight division when Jonathan Quintero picked up three points with a regular decision. The first Bulldog to earn six points was freshman Cruz Arredondo, who pinned his Gator in the first round.

Cruz Arredondo pins the Gator
Cruz Arredondo pins the Gator

The lower weight Bulldogs made up the early match gap. After Dallas Coursey lost a tough match in overtime, Gage Clark picked up three points and then Joe Cowart turned the match for good with an exciting pin which cut the Ware lead to 30-23.

Joe Cowart fires up his teammates with a pin
Joe Cowart fires up his teammates with a pin

Justin Hall was the final Toombs wrestler to win on the mat. The veteran Dawg pinned his opponent with ease to make the score 30-29 Ware County. Devin Matthews and Carson Roberts won by forfeit and it was all over. The Bulldogs, for the second straight year, won all nine of their matches.

Justin Hall is the third Dawg to win with a pin
Justin Hall is the third Dawg to win with a pin

On Friday, in pool competition, Toombs knocked off Fitzgerald 66-15, Telfair County 75-6, Pierce County 81-0 and Ware County 54-20. On Saturday the Bulldogs defeated Brantley County 71-12 and Treutlen County 54-28 in pool action. In the quarterfinals TCHS took care of Crisp County 57-21 and in the semifinals the Dawgs beat Treutlen 49-18.