May 23, 2018

Braves shine at Bowdon Invitational

Brave Wrestling Team at the Bowdon Invitational Saturday (Photo: Lea Yates)

(Bowdon, GA) — The varsity Brave wrestling team walked away with a strong second place finish at the Bowdon Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday finishing only behind the Class AAAAA Carrollton Trojans.

The tourney was an important tune-up for the individual state traditional tournaments which start this weekend at Armuchee High School in Rome.

The Braves were set to host the Bowdon team last Wednesday for Senior Night but that was postponed due to weather.

The Braves finished with 179 points at Saturday’s meet versus a strong 12 team field of mostly area teams.

The Trojans took the top prize with 242.5 points. Rounding out the top five were third place Lagrange (164.5), fourth place Central (163), and fifth place Pike County (146.5).

Ten of 12 Brave grapplers that competed at the meet placed in the top six to score points for the team.

Leading the way for the Braves were first place finishers senior Kevin Hendrix at 126 pounds and junior Logan Moran at 220 pounds. Each finished the tourney undefeated at 3-0.

Another junior Jakab Moon finished with a strong second place finish in the 138 pound class after going 2-1.

Senior Eli Fairbanks and junior Gage Cannon each went 3-1 and earned third place spots. Rounding out the placers were Wyn Denney (182) and Michael Cheney (Heavyweight) in fourth place along with sixth place finishers J.T. Thornton (152), Matt Nilsen (170), and Romeo Hendrix (195).

The 3-AA Area Meet at Armuchee this weekend may be a one day event on Saturday or a two day event on Friday-Saturday.

Coach Kyle Yates thinks his squad could advance up to 10 guys to sectionals which would be huge for the program.

The top four finishers in each weight class will go on to the state sectionals at Rockmart on February 3 where the top four will advance to one of the biggest GHSA events of the year, the State Wrestling Finals at the Macon Centreplex February 8-10.

(Special thanks to Corey Cusick and The Times-Georgian for contributing to this report.)

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