The Toombs County High School wrestling team despite being at full strength, personnel wise, won the Blue Line Duals at Effingham County. In pool action the Dawgs beat Islands 54-30, Windsor Forest 60-18, defending 6A GHSA State Champion Richmond Hill 38-34 and South Effingham 57-24 and then in the championship round they knocked off Ware County 47-34.
Last week the Bulldogs nipped Ware 41-40 in the championship to win the Gators’ Swamp Duals. Beating Richmond Hill for a second straight Saturday was tougher because the Wildcats had their full squad for week two of the season and the Bulldogs are still missing most of their football players who will be ready to go when the Dawgs head to Jeff Davis for the Jacket Duals on December 1 and 2. TCHS will be trying to win that event for the sixth straight time.
“We were able to get people at their right weights,” head coach Bill Benton said explaining the teams improvement. “The ones who wrestled went to Brewton-Parker and they just picked up a couple of things that we have been doing in practice. They saw TCHS assistant coach Blake Climmons (BPC senior wrestler) do it and it hit them.” One Bulldog who really benefited from the trip was Jose Balderas. “Jose really picked up his game by watching over there,” Benton added. “He actually weighed in at 106 pounds, but wrestled at 113.” Jose lost to a Richmond Hill wrestler last week and then came back and beat the same opponent 19-2.
According to coach Benton two time state champion Ricardo Santana won the match of the day 6-4 over a wrestler from Richmond Hill. Also Cruz Arredondo had a big win in the Richmond Hill dual knocking off his opponent 8-4. “Blake Hall wrestled at his weight this week instead of bumping up and he wrestled really good and Jaden Banks had a good day at weight.” Benton said.
Six Bulldogs went undefeated in the event- Balderas, Santana, Arredondo, Hall, Jonathan Morales and Rolondo Tinoco.