January 10, 2014 – Last year, MHS went to the Area Duals not really knowing what to expect.  We surprised ourselves a little bit by beating some strong teams and going to state as the #2 team from our region.  This year was a different story – we wanted to win the Area Dual Championship and felt we could.
We started out against South Cobb beating them handily 72-6.  Unfortunately after that we fell to the eventual winner, Kennesaw Mountain in a very close match 31-34.   Most of our strongest heavy wrestlers did win, but with few pins and we did not perform well in our middle weights.   Winners were Isaiah, Brandon (OT), Jeron, Jason (by pin), Jelani, Abraham (pin),  and Jonathan (forfeit.)   We all felt this loss deeply as we KNOW we are better than them – just not this day.

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We had to recover because the Area Duals is not only a double elimination tournament, but there is wrestling to determine the “true second”.  We next beat up on Hillgrove 57-19 with most everyone winning.   Next up – Harrison.  We rolled to a 52-21 victory with Brandon and Jeron starting out with forfeits and then Jason pinning his man.  We faltered at 113, 120 and 126, but Brad scored 6 team points when his man could not continue after a legal naked headlock resulted in a neck injury.  Will, Dareon and Alex all racked up 6 points each and hen Anthony Neary won a tough 6-5 match.  Jonathan scored a major victory, Dalton faltered and Isaiah finished us off with a 7-3 victory.
This set up a match up against McEachern which lost to KMHS in the finals.  So, we get a shot at them for true second place and a trip to Macon to be one of 16 teams in the State to wrestle for the Dual State Championship!

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Jeron began with a pin, followed by Jason and Daniel both getting the mat slap 6 points each!   Jelani won 6-1.   Abraham drew a senior veteran, Alex Noble.  who finished second in Area last year and was second in Cobb County last weekend. He got teched 3-18.   Brad, with a hurt shoulder, used his legs to cradle his opponent and got a most unorthodox pin.   Will and Dareon both lost, but Alex  scored a lot of points (for a change haha inside joke) in his 9-0 victory.   We were now up 31-14.  Jonathan and Anthony Neary both got pins and Dalton won a hard fought 7-4 decision.  Isaiah got a pin and we were up 52-14 and the match was long since decided.  Brandon nevertheless wrestled his heart out and lost a Double OT 2-3 loss to a great wrestler – Could be a preview to the State Finals.
So, MHS rolls out of the tournament with a 52-17 victory and  is on their way to State for the second year in a row!

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