November 21, 2017

Middle Braves Excel at Traditional Finals

The Middle Braves finished off a very successful season Saturday at Mt. Zion where they won the West Georgia Small School Division Traditonal Championship trophy

The Middle Braves Wrestling Team finished off a very successful season Saturday at Mt. Zion where they won the West Georgia Small School Division Traditional Championship trophy

(Mt. Zion, GA) — The Heard County Middle School followed up a recent division dual championship trophy with the traditional trophy after dominating four other squads at Saturday’s finals at Mt. Zion Middle School in Carroll County.

Seven middle Brave grapplers landed first place medals at the event, the culmination of the middle school wrestling season. Head Coach Thomas Sickman was proud of the efforts and hard work put in by his guys all season long.

“This is the first year that I know of that we have won both the dual and traditionals in the same year,” said Sickman. “We broke up the big and small school divisions recently and we just dominated the small schools, but we also won some dual matches against some of the big schools like Central and Bay Springs so I think we can hang with the big dogs as well.”

Sickman knows his middle school team will have work to do heading into next year as he will lose several 8th graders to high school.

“I am very proud of the boys they did an excellent job. We did have a large 8th grade class — I think 15 kids were 8th graders this year — so we have a lot of work to do for next year to get some more kids out and build up the program.”

Gage Cannon was undefeated (34-0) during his last two middle school seasons

Gage Cannon was undefeated (34-0) during his last two middle school seasons

Leading the way for the Braves was one of those 8th graders Gage Cannon who finished his middle school wrestling career with a remarkable undefeated run. Cannon ran his winning streak to 34 straight on Saturday and never lost a match in the last two years.

Cannon will move over to the high school next year and actually was able to compete in some JV matches already this year. “I am ready to move up to the next level — I am just going to keep doing what I do and put God first,” said Cannon who wrestled in the 144-pound class.

The other first place finishers included Cody Sickman (84), Duncan Googe (112), Marty Talley (152), Sam Brown (175), Will Posey (200), and Michael Cheney (230). Cheney finished his season undefeated while Sickman only lost one match to a big school.

Bringing home second place medals were Jacob Moon, Adantae Reid, Aden McClellan, J.D. Blakely, and Logan Moran. Third place medal winners included Shawn Dyer, Austin Toney, Riley Diedrich, and Jesse Elkins.

 

 

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