In true spirit of how the west Georgia wrestling community looks out for one another, Tony Armas took on the task of hosting the Mount Zion Screamin' Eagle on Friday night.
Of course, it may not quite have the same ring to it, but with the MZ football team playing in the Class A Public state semifinals on Friday night down in Clinch County, the Bremen High School head wrestling coach did his part to assist MZ head man Allen Newton and keep the annual tradition up and running without missing a beat.
It also gave Armas another opportunity to get his guys some mat time early in the 2017-18 season, as he thought it was a smooth production and a chance for his grapplers to wrestle in the comforts of their home confines.
"I've got a great group of people that work for me all the time and they know how to run a tournament. We were able to get things rolling and get it finished," Armas said. "That was the key."
There were actually several factors that made it a win-win for Bremen to play host to the 15-showcase on Friday evening.
"If all those teams have to go out and find something else this weekend, there's a good chance they don't go back next year," Armas said. "That Mount Zion tournament has been around a long time. As a matter of fact, one of our state championship coaches, coach Gary Harper, he was instrumental in getting that thing started several years ago. So when we have an opportunity to help out an old Blue Devil, we're going to do the best we can with it. That's the whole point, get those guys some chances to wrestle."
Trion edged Bremen in the team scoring at 108-101, while Central placed third (92), Villa Rica (70) came in fifth, Bowdon took 10th (24) and Temple came in 12th (17) to round out the local squads.
Top finishers for Bremen included first-place efforts from Noah Liles (170), Jacob Miles (195) and Paul Robinson (hvy.), while A.J. Brock (138) and Koby Cook (160) placed second, Lane Keaton (145) came in third, Brandon Oaks (120) placed fourth and Joseph Lyons (145), Luke Chandler (152) and Jacob Stephens (220) finished fifth.
For the Lions, the trio of Sam Conerly (182), Nick Montalto (195) and Jason Konoval (220) earned runner-up efforts, followed by Zane Simmons (113), C.J. Shadinger (126), Kyler Huff (132) and Kobe Holloway in third, Heyward Stober (138) in fourth and Pierce Simmons (120) and Will Hobbs (170) rounded out the Central placers in fifth.
Villa Rica was led by a first-place performance from Tripp Sauls (106), while Dawson Brooks (126) came in second, Aaron Brown (160), Homero Perez (195) and Tyler Cohran (220) placed third, Joel Williams (152) took fourth and Bailey Blair (138) finished fifth.
For Bowdon, it was Ben Rainwater (113) coming in first and Wesley Scales (126) placing fifth. Temple was paced by a third-place finish from Preston Hurley (152) and fourth-place finishes from Bryson Gresham (132) and John Austin Robinson (170).