Wow, what a start to the wrestling season!

November 28, 2012 – The MMS Devils wrestled well versus Marist, who has a well-funded, long time wrestling program.    Benny Wright led them off with a tough win for a decision.  John London and Zeb Burton both got pins.  This was Zeb’s first ever wrestling match and it is exciting to hear he did so well.   Another first year wrestler, Deontay Haynes, also wrestled tough to get us a win. MMS ended the night with a tough loss at 40-59.   Congratulations to new MMS Coach Ryan Furr for hosting and coaching his first Marietta wrestling match!

The MHS varsity and JV teams headed to South Cobb for another in a long series of match ups against our Southern rival.  South Cobb was founded in 1952 and is one of the oldest high schools in Cobb.  Our Devils met them in their old Gym/auditorium which was an excellent venue for a wrestling match.  Our fans and theirs along with the wrestlers in this small arena made for an exciting atmosphere.
We started with our JV team, which greatly outnumbered the SC Eagles.  The number of wrestlers we had is impressive and is a positive sign for our program.   We had several good matches, but quickly overtook their team and scored a victory.
Then our Varsity took the mat and we started at 195 where Isaiah started us off with a quick pin.  Brandon Hill lost a tough match at 220 and we also lost at 285.   The turning point of the match was when Jason Caldwell in his first varsity match scored a very exciting 1st period pin that had the crowd all on their feet and Jason jumping up and down.   That set in motion a tidal wave of pins from Abraham Leon, David Crockett, Brad King, Shomari Holmes and Dareon Agurs.  Jordan Marion-Plaines also won by forfeit.  Worth mentioning, Dareon wrestled a blind wrestler which was interesting and inspiring to see.  Wrestling has done a great job incorporating blind wrestlers into the sport.
Then Alex Ambio wrestled what might have been their best wrestler and lost a close 4-5 match.  After Jack Baker scored a pin, they had nobody to take on Lawton Ward (forfeit) and the final match had Keylona Ray at 182lbs.  While the team match was over this was one of the toughest individual contests of the night.  All Marietta fans should be proud of her performance as she battled through several tough segments in the match where things might have gone badly for her.  As it was, she fought and fought and eventually ran out of time and lost a close decision.  To see her wrestle tough the past few years and finally reach varsity at a very competitive weight class and wrestle so competitively was great!   MHS won the region match 60-18. 

Go Big Blue!

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