For the second straight year the Toombs County wrestling team is the Region 1 AAA Dual champions. The Dawgs rolled through the tournament, in Blackshear, by shutting out Savannah 80-0 and beating Dodge County 63-18 and Appling County 57-16 in the championship match.
Toombs County will move into the GHSA AAA State Bracket, in the Macon Centreplex, as the top team from Region 1. The last two years the Bulldogs have made it to Saturday. They finished fourth in AA two years ago and sixth last season.
The Bulldogs will wrestle Calhoun on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. If they win, they move into the quarterfinals and will take on the winner of Lumpkin County/Jordan on Friday at 8 a.m. If they lose they will drop down to the consolation bracket and take on the loser of Lumpkin County/Jordan at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The semifinals are Friday at 3 p.m.
2015 GHSA AAA State Team Duals in Macon
Dawgs finish in AAA Top 6
The Smiths stick the Greenwave
Day 3- Saturday- Toombs County Bulldog wrestling head coach Bradley Benton said before the start of the AAA GHSA State Team Duals, in the Macon Centreplex, that his goal for his young 2014-15 team was to finish in the top six. Last season a more experienced and senior laden team finished fourth in Double A. Only four wrestlers from that team were in the lineup when the Bulldogs took on Spencer in the consolation semifinals.
Spencer opened up a 27-15 lead before the Bulldogs rallied with their big guys. Cole Dowd, Bryson Smith and Jamar Smith reeled off three straight pins and pulled the Bulldogs to within three points at 36-33. The Greenwave finished strong winning a match by points and with a pin to defeat TCHS 42-33. J.J. Arredondo and Justin Hall each pinned their opponent at the beginning of the dual to tie the score at 12. Carson Roberts won his match by points to help stop Spencer’s run through the middleweights.
In other action, Jefferson whipped Sonoraville 51-22 to win it’s first AAA State Title. The Dragons won six straight AA championships from 2009-14 and before that seven straight in Single A. Lumpkin County nipped Spencer 33-32 to take third place. Lumpkin County beat Oconee County 33-27 in the other consolation semifinal.
Day 2- Friday- The third seeded Toombs County Bulldog wrestlers lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinal round of the GHSA AAA State Team Duals in the Macon Centreplex. TCHS lost by one single point to Oconee County 34-33. However, later in the day TCHS came out on top of a one-point decision. The Dawgs nipped Banks County 35-34 in the consolation bracket. Toombs also beat Appling County 50-26 in a prior match in the consolation bracket.
Jefferson beat Spencer 59-18 and Sonoraville knocked off Oconee 34-29 in the two semifinal matches.
In other quarterfinal action, Jefferson took care of Rockmart 54-14, Spencer slipped by Lumpkin County 35-34 and Sonoravile blew by Banks County 39-22.
Day 1- Thursday- The Toombs County Bulldog wrestling team opened up with a 49-30 victory over Southwest Macon in the first round of the Triple A bracket of the GHSA State Duals in Macon.
The first Bulldog to win in the dual was senior Jamar Smith at 220 pounds. Smith earned a pin and so did freshman Jonathan Quintero at 285. Gage Clark won by points at 113, J.J. Arredondo with a pin at 120 and Jose Delgado also had a pin at 126. Carson Roberts won a big match, by points, in the 145 pound weight class and Chase Corbin followed with a pin at 152. Luke Anderson clinched the victory with a major decision at 160 and Cole Dowd ended the match with a pin at 182.
In other AAA action in the Bulldogs’ side of the bracket, Oconee beat Westminster 40-25, Sonoraville knocked off Pepperell 41-38 and Banks County routed Glen Hills 78-6.
On the other side- Jefferson took care of McNair 54-21, Rockmart edged Calhoun 37-28, Lumpkin County whipped Westside-Augusta 57-12 and Spencer defeated Appling County 51-24.
2014- Seeded 4th, Dawgs finish 4th
ties best finish at GHSA Duals
he Toombs County wrestling team, the Area 1 champion, was seeded fourth in the Double A bracket of the GHSA State Duals. That was perception. The Bulldogs proved they were the fourth best team in the state on the mat by defeating Spencer and Lovett, while losing to Jefferson and Social Circle. This is the second time in school history the Bulldogs have finished second in the state duals. Watch highlights from Macon
On Saturday the Bulldogs got off to a fast start against Lovett. J.J. Arredondo opened with a pin and then Justin Hall, who trailed 10-0 in the waining seconds, shocked the Macon Centreplex by pinning his opponent right before the end of the match. The Bulldogs built off that early momentum and opened up a 24-9 lead and they defeated Lovett 48-27. Diego Lira, Nathan Belch, Soloman McLeod, J.D. Rogers, Jamar Smith and Eric Hester all won by pinning their opponents to the mat.
In the third place match Social Circle jumped to a 33-0 lead before McLeod won his match 8-1. Erion Gaffney pinned his opponent, Rogers won by a forfeit and then Smith and Hester also recorded pins as the Bulldogs lost 45-29 to place fourth.
Bulldogs battle “Mighty” Jefferson
The Jefferson High School wrestling program has won 13 straight GHSA Traditional and 12 straight Dual State Championships including titles in both categories last year. The Dragons are expected to win and in duals by a wide margin. However, that wasn’t what happened when they met Toombs County in the semifinals of the Class AA GHSA State Duals. Jefferson won. But, the score was a close one- 47-34. The Bulldogs won six of the 14 matches with five by pins and they only yielded one pin. A pin is worth six points and a win by points is three or four depending upon the margin.
Erion Gaffney, J.D. Rogers, Jamar Smith, Eric Hester and Diego Lira all won their matches with a pin. Soloman McLeod was a winner by points.
The Bulldogs took care of business in the quarterfinals pinning eight Spencer wrestlers in a one-sided 57-18 victory. Smith was the first Bulldog to wrestle in the Centreplex and the junior pinned his opponent. Hester was next and he won a match in which his opponent was running from him and he was given six points- the same number you get for a pin. The lineup went back to the smaller weights and J.J. Arredondo won by a pin as did Justin Hall, Nathan Belch, Soloman McLeod, Jose Delgado and Rogers. Gaffney won his match 9-7.