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Wrestlers Finish Tenth in State; Williams Earns State Champion Title

By EDDY GIFFORD
Sports Writer

Photo courtesy of Alicia Williams – Landon Williams stands on top of the state tournament winners’ podium once again for DCHS.

Dade County High School wrestling team ended its season this past week at the state tournament in Macon. The Wolverines took five wrestlers and scored enough team points to finish tenth overall in the team standings.

Brandon Willerson was the qualifier at 144 pounds. He ended his career as a four-time state qualifier. Jordan Castellanos wrestled 190 pounds. He lost in the console quarters just one match short of becoming a state placer. Jax Guinn finished his season as the fifth place wrestler at 165 pounds.

Eli Kimball lost his first match on Thursday and had to fight his way back through the consolation bracket. Kimball pinned every opponent he saw after his opening day loss and faced the wrestler from Darlington who had put him in the consolation bracket in the console finals. Kimball took the match to the second period with a score of 0-0, but from there he dominated the match, winning by pinning and placing third at 285 pounds.

Landon Williams became Dade County’s first three-time state champion by dominating his way through the bracket at 215 pounds. Landon did not allow an opponent to score a point on him the entire way to the title. He ended his season with a 46-0 record.

“I am extremely proud of our guys,” Coach Jeff Poston said. “We only had five guys in the tournament, and we still managed a top ten finish. Jordan was so close to medaling, I thought he wrestled extremely well, and he will only get better. Eli could have laid down after his loss Thursday because we all know he was good enough to win the whole thing. I am prouder of the fact that he responded to the disappointment the way he did than I would have been if he had won it. Jax Guinn was in one of the toughest brackets of the tournament, and he battled his tail off in every match. I thought Brandon wrestled well too, but he had a tough draw right out of the gate.

“Landon was head and shoulders above everyone else in his bracket. Kids either dropped a weight class or bumped up to avoid him. When he won it, he was all class! He has been an honor to coach. The entire group was an honor to coach. They represented Dade County with class, and I am going to miss this group of seniors.”

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