Change at the top of the TCHS wrestling program

As a wrestler, for Toombs County High School, Bradley Benton won two state championships. As the head coach, at his alma mater, he coached five Bulldogs to individual state titles and the Bulldogs to top five team finishes in the traditional and dual state tourneys.

Coach Bradley Benton in his early days coaching the Bulldogs

Coach Benton, after three seasons coaching the Bulldogs, has decided to step down to help start a church in Laurens County. Coach Benton says there was one person to continue the tradition of the program started by Kevin Hill and also coached by Travis Ellington.

New TCHS wrestling head coach Ryan Durham meets his Bulldogs for the first time
New TCHS wrestling head coach Ryan Durham meets his Bulldogs for the first time

The fourth head coach of the Toombs County wrestling program is Ryan Durham. For the past eight seasons he has been an assistant coach at one of the best big school programs in the state. Camden County during Durham’s stay won three state championships, finished second three times and also placed third and fourth. Durham was also a head coach at North Oconee for one season.

Meet Coach Durham

Coach Durham has a busy summer planned for the Bulldogs. Beginning May 31 they will practice 17 days, usually Tuesday through Thursday at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. On June 12 – 15 the Dawgs will travel down to Kingsland for Camden County’s Southern Hospitality Camp. On June 24 and 30 they will compete at Fitzgerald and Colquitt County respectively and then on July 15 and 22 the Bulldogs will play host to two events- the Bulldog Round Robin followed by the Bulldog Wrestlefest.