By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Wolverine Wrestling team had a busy week of competition last week. The Wolverines kicked off the action by traveling to Model High School for a quad match on Wednesday.
Dade County opened up the evening with a win against Cherokee County Alabama. Eli Mason, Colton Chase, Anderson Windsor, Zane Murdock, Heidi Raines, Mason Gann, Ryker Stanley, Levi Raines, Jordan Castellanos, and Grayson Cates all had wins in the 69-12 team victory.
The second match of the evening was against former region opponent, Model. Dade won a hard-fought battle 42-36. Zane Cuzzort, Chase, Windsor, Gideon Moore, Brandon Willerson, Gavin Childress, Landon Williams, and Gabriel Yarbrough all won their matches.
The third match of the evening was against Rome High School, and Dade would win that match up 66-12. Two great matches in that dual were Stanley’s win at 175 pounds and Yarbrough’s match at 285 pounds.
On Thursday, Dade continued the action with a home tri-match against Signal Mountain and Chattooga. Signal Mountain would prove to be too much for the Wolverines as they won the first dual of the evening 60-24. Willerson had a huge win for the Wolverines at 144 pounds as he pinned his opponent. Childress also won a big match as an underdog at 157 pounds. Signal Mountain would also go on to beat Chattooga County in their match up.
The final match Thursday evening was between Dade County and Chattooga County, with Dade winning convincingly 54-30.
On Saturday, Dade competed in the LaFayette Invitational against a field that included McCallie, Coahulla Creek, Gordon Central, LaFayette, Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe, Whitefield Academy, and Ringgold. Dade finished second as a team behind McCallie.
Moore (138 pounds) and Williams (190 pounds) finished first in the tournament. Cuzzort (106), Castellanos (215), and Yarbrough (285) finished second. Windsor finished third at 132 pounds. Maleah Wilson finished second in the girls 105-pound weight class.
“All in all, it was a good week. The kids are starting to fall into the correct weight classes, so that helps. We are still stacked up around 150 pounds, so we are rotating those guys in and out, but they should all make the correct weights after Christmas. If we can do that, then we should be able to compete for a post-season spot at the Area Duals, and that is our ultimate goal,” Coach Jeff Poston said.