(Carroll County) — The HCMS wrestling team made history on December 20 in Carrollton when they claimed their first ever West Georgia Middle School Small School Division wrestling crown at the dual tournament in Villa Rica.
The Braves defeated teams from Bowdon, Temple, Villa Rica, and Mt. Zion to win the trophy.
Head Coach Thomas Sickman was very proud of the effort. “Our team had a fantastic year and really came through for our school. We had 10 eighth graders and also had some young guys like Jacob Moon and Cody Sickman that really stepped up as well. I am very proud of our guys and how hard they worked all season — a lot of blood and sweat went into attaining this trophy.”
On the following day, the same wrestlers competed in the traditional tournament where they competed against all wrestlers from both the big and small schools.
Gage Cannon shined the most brightly as he captured the first place medal in the 136-pound weight class completing a perfect season as he finished 22-0, an amazing accomplishment especially for a seventh grader.
When asked about his big and successful season the very religious Gage responded, “All things are possible through Jesus Christ.” Gage’s older brother Andrew Cannon is also a very accomplished wrestler at the high school.
“Gage is only a seventh grader but just a fantastic wrestler,” said Coach Sickman. “He is a great captain, team leader, and is really following in his brother’s foot-steps. I can’t say enough about his work ethic and discipline.”
Another strong finisher in the 200-pound class was Luis Maldonado-Vazquez, who finished in second place and medaled for the second straight year.
Adonte Reid finished in third place in the 105-pound class while Sam Brown (175), Kevin Hendrix (120), and Trent Sickman(128) each brought home fourth place medals in their respective weight classes.
The HCMS wrestlers will compete in one final program match at the high school on January 14 where they will take on Gardner Newman and Callaway Middle Schools.