The Heard County Middle School Wrestling team traveled north to Bremen Saturday for the West Georgia Middle School Wrestling Finals.
As usual the competition was stiff in the tournament that, unlike other middle school sports, combines the big and small schools together.
Brave wrestlers competed against opponents from Carrollton, Bremen, Central, Bay Springs, Temple, Mt. Zion, and Bowdon. Five Brave wrestlers received medals at the all day tournament.
Front (L-R): Kevin Hendrix, Gage Cannon Back: Coach Jake Yates, Luis Vasquez, Jacob Starnes, Ethan Brant
Gage Cannon, only a sixth-grader, pinned a Bremen wrestler in the 120-lb class to take third place. It was a solid showing by Cannon, who has undoubtedly learned a lot from his older brother Andrew, a HHS freshman wrestler who also took first place at the CRWA JV Tournament held at Newnan over the weekend.
The most exciting moment of the day came in the Braves last match of the day when seventh-grader Luis Vasquez came out of nowhere to pin a Bay Springs opponent in the 200-lb class. Vasquez was down on points 10-1 before pulling the big surprise victory.
Also bringing home fourth place medals were eighth-graders Ethan Brant (152) and Jacob Starnes (160) along with seventh-grader Kevin Hendrix (105).
Head Coach Jake Yates was pleased with his team’s overall performance this season. “I thought we had a much more successful season this year than last. We didn’t have as many kids come out this year, but I thought the overall quality of the wrestling was better. Hopefully next year we will have an even better showing,” stated Yates after the meet.
Seven of the 18 wrestlers on the roster will move on to the high school next year. Below are videos of the Cannon and Vazquez pins.