TCHS Bulldog wrestlers win their 4th straight Yellow Jacket Duals 1st place trophy


It is becoming a December tradition. On the first Saturday of the month the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Ware County Gators meet in the final round of the Yellow Jacket Duals at Jeff Davis High School. It happened once again at the 2016 tourney and for the fourth straight year the Bulldogs take home the big trophy with a 39-27 victory.

The Dawgs raced to a 12-0 lead after Demetris Owens won his match 11-6, Carson Roberts took a 5-0 decision and Jonathan Morales pinned his Gator in the first period. Cameron Panick was pinned and Ervin Mincey lost a tough 9-7 decision in overtime as the Gators cut the deficit to 12-9.

Heavyweight Rolando Tinoco pinned his opponent in the second round and then freshman Martin Santana recorded the fastest pin of his varsity career winning in the 106 pound weight class in just 18 seconds. TCHS had a 24-9 lead.

Cruz Arrendondo lost 5-3 and Dallas Coursey 4-3 giving Ware six points and that chopped the Bulldog lead to 24-15. However, Ricardo Santana and Gage Clark each won with a pin as the Bulldogs built up a 36-15 advantage. Toombs won one of the final three matches. Justin Hall ruled 10-7 and Sebastian McKee and Terrell Williamson were both pinned.

The Bulldogs rolled through their Friday and Saturday duals as they piled up a bunch of pins. On Friday the Dawgs beat Warner Robbins 70-7, Loganville 60-13, Cook County 71-12 and Dodge County 66-16. On Saturday Toombs crushed Vidalia 71-8, Pierce 50-15, Islands 73-3 and Brantley 65-12.

Toombs County pins versus Ware County

Jonathan Morales records the first pin against Ware
Coach Ryan Durham watches heavyweight Ronaldo Tinoco
Martin Santana pins his Gator in 18 seconds
Ricardo Santana earns a 3rd period pin
Gage Clark is the final Dawg to stick a Gator