November 29, 2020

Meacham leads HCMS Grapplers at Finals

HCMS Brave Wrestlers after the Finals Saturday at Central (Front L-R): Dylan Stephens (3rd), Colton Meacham (1st), Franklin Jackson (3rd) (Back L-R): Coach Zack Holdridge, Alex Barber (3rd), Jackson Akins (3rd), Jacob Miles (3rd), Braeden Scoggins (3rd), Head Coach Jud Jones

(Carrollton, GA) — Colton Meacham earned an impressive 6-0 points win over a tough Carrollton Trojan wrestler to earn a West Georgia Middle School Wrestling Championship in the 128 pound class Saturday at Central Middle School.

The Braves finished in a tie for fourth place overall (119 points) with Bay Springs Middle at the traditional finals event to close out the division season.

A strong 7-0 record in medals matches was the key to the strong finish with six Brave grapplers earning solid third place wins at the meet.

The finish and Meacham’s title were especially tough to come by in the traditional finals where all West Georgia middle schools both big and small competed together.

The Braves finished in second place behind Villa Rica at Friday’s small school dual finals held at Mount Zion Middle.

Last weekend’s winter weather postponed the duals scheduled for December 9 forcing the long weekend of finals.

Braeden Scoggins (230), Jacob Miles (200), and Franklin Jackson (112) led the third place finishers with pinfall victories in their respective finals matches.

Also earning third place medals were Alex Barber (144), Dylans Stephens (136), and Jackson Akins (265). 

Meacham, an 8th grader, was excited to get the big win in his last championship opportunity at the middle level. He had to defeat a couple of wrestlers along the way that he had lost to earlier in the regular season including one that had been undefeated.

“I was able to come back and beat some kids that had taken me down earlier in the year, but I knew if I tried my best and worked hard in practice I could do it,” said Meacham after Saturday’s meet. “I just want to thank my coaches (Jud Jones and Zack Holdridge) for everything they taught me this year, and I am very proud of my teammates for always working hard and trying to do their best.”

First year head coach Jud Jones was extremely proud of the efforts of the middle athletes in his first season with them.

“I’m just really proud of how hard these guys have worked they earned everything and have really bought into what we were trying to do this year — I could not be more proud of the way we finished up today,” said Jones.

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