Lithia Springs traveled up to Carrollton on Saturday to compete in the J.C. Ferrell Duals.
“The J.C. Ferrell Duals event was an impressive display of high school athletics, sportsmanship, and hospitality,” said Lithia coach David Dalton. “Nothing more than a gathering of good people celebrating young athletes. We were honored to be a part of the day, and my boys learned a lot and had fun.”
The Panthers opened the tourney with a 60-30 loss to Newnan. Justin Harris continued his undefeated march to state with a first round pin. Other victories came from his brother, Jordan Harris (pin), Antwaun McCalla (pin), and Brison Davis.
In round two, Lithia defeated Bremen, 42-32. Picking up wins by pin were the Harris brothers, and Brison Davis. After a round three loss to Landmark, 60-24, the Lions defeated Newnan’s No. 2 squad, 54-12. The match was mostly won by forfeits, but picking up wins by pinfall were Justin Harris, Thaddius Patisaul, and Davis.
“The wrestling action was fast and furious where the weight classes lined up,” Dalton said.
In round five, Lithia suffered a heartbreaking 48-36 loss to Hiram. Win by pin included the familiar names, along with David Ratliff in the 195 pound class.
“In a tough, fast match, David pulled out a stunning reversal/pin combo to put the Lions in striking distance,” Dalton said. “Our conditioning really sets us up in these all day events and I am looking forward to possibly facing the Hornets again at their tournament later this month. They have a tough squad and great coaches.”
The Lions had a chance to beat Hiram, but an injury earlier in the day caused a forfeit at the end.
“Injuries kept sophomore sensation Caleb Wells from sealing the deal,” Dalton said. “At the end of the day, I’d rather forfeit the match and get Caleb healthy. He has to live in that body his whole life. It was the right call and a valuable lesson to the boys about difficult choices between conflicting priorities.”