January 19, 2013 – Cobb County Tournament 2013 is in the books.   It lived up to expectations with many intense, high caliber matches.  I can’t even count all the overtime matches with at least two into quadruple OT.   With 5A powerhouse Pope (as well as other lower classification schools) at the tourney, it is one of the few times many of the 6A teams have a chance to wrestle these kids.   For example, the 152lb final between Harrison’s Anthony Fiacco (state placer) and Pope’s Jake Henson (2012 state champ) as well as 126lb final between Pope’s Tyler Haskin and Hillgrove’s Cameron Westerman would be likely state final matches if Pope wrestled in 6A classification.
Our Devils wrestled hard, but we did not make any headlines.   However, we must remember we are young and gaining experience in every match.  That being said, there are some real accomplishments that should be noted.  Again, remember this is a tournament with every worthy Cobb County based wrestler competing.   They give out medals to the top 6 places, which like the State Tournament, is demonstrative of the level of competition. 
Medalist/placers:  Isaiah Borne – (2nd), Brandon Hill (4th), Jonathan Gates (4th) ,Trager Kviten and Brad King placed 6th.  Congratulations to all the wrestlers, coaches and managers/sports med folks for manning up at a high level.    If I was selecting the Blue Devil MVP, it would have to be Jonathan Gates.  He was not seeded in the top 6, pinned his first opponent to make the quarterfinals and then met the #1 seed, Pope’s Billy Meek, the defending State Champion.  Jonathan wrestled him hard for 6 minutes and lost 10-1.  Now, when you lose in the quarterfinals of a large tournament, it is a very arduous path to the consolation finals. With only a few breaks in the action, Jonathan first defeated the McEachern wrestler, then Kennesaw Mountain and to make it into the consolation final he pinned the Lassiter kid with 5 seconds left.  He lost a close match 2-5 vs Harrison in the consolation final and took home the 4th place medal.    Isaiah also deserves great credit for making the final and being a takedown away from tournament champion at the end.  He represented MHS well!
The results of the JV tournament are as follows: We had one champion, Dalton Brans at 170 and both David Crocket and Anthony Neary got 2nd.  Marietta took 4thplace overall!  I had two different people at the varsity tourney tell me they heard Marietta looked really strong at the JV tourney, so I feel confident saying all our kids wrestled hard.  Congratulations everyone! 

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