The Douglas County Tigers and Lithia Springs Lions both traveled to East Paulding High School over the weekend to compete in the annual Cross Bone Duals.
Although the Tigers are a relatively young team, they still managed to make it into the championship bracket with a 2-2 finish. After beating Hiram to compete in the final bracket, the Tigers eventually lost out to Cross Creek and Lafayette to fall out of championship contention.
"As a whole we are very young and there was some very tough competition at East Paulding," said DC head coach Corey Harris. "We had some very young guys on the mat for the first time. Our guys performed well and I'm very proud of what they did."
One of those first time wrestlers was DeOnta Coker. Coker went 4-0 in the 220 class and took his first two matches by first-period pins.
Eric Reese went 2-0 in the 113 class and Kalum Lo-Vargas was 3-0 at 220.
Coming in with a one loss day was Osaxe Foster (1-1) in the 132 class and Michael Woodcum (1-1) in the 126 class. Cyrus Brooks was also 1-1 in the 285 class.
The Lithia Springs Lions entered the tournament with little experience on their side as well, and although they finished in seventh place in the lower bracket, they still managed a positive team win over Pebblebrook.
Junior Justin Harris went undefeated for the Lions in the 145 class to keep his perfect overall record on the season so far.
"He's just a beast and it's going to take a tank to take him down", said head coach David Dalton. "He's been working on his takedowns and he really treats his matches like a live drill in practice. I've got extremely high hopes for him."
First year sophomore wrestler Thaddius Patisul went 3-4 in the 132 class and Emmanuel Laidlaw was also 3-4 in the 182 class. Dalton said that he expects a lot from Laidlaw as they head into post season action.
"We only have two or three guys with experience, but I'm seeing a lot of edges get knocked off," said Dalton. "In the tournament Saturday they were reaching back a lot and hopefully they learn from that. I did see a lot of growth in practice today and people coming together after the tourney. I do think we are going to have an exciting rest of the season."