Chapel Hill and Lithia Springs traveled to Hiram High School Tuesday evening to compete in the HHS Christmas Duals.
Being well short of a full squad, neither the Lions or Panthers were able to pick up a win in the team duals, going 0-5. The squads did combine to have four undefeated wrestlers, with Lithia having three kids go perfect at Hiram and Chapel Hill having one kid stay perfect.
For Lithia, the Harris brothers, Jordan (152) and Justin (145) once again continued their dominant 2014-15 season with 5-0 records at the duals tourney. Teammate Thad Pattisal, who was recovering from an injury, roared trough the tourney, going 5-0 at 132. The Lions had only six wrestlers competing in the duals.
“So far this season we have battled injuries and struggled with a green horn coach learning the ropes, but the boys have taken it all in stride,” said first year coach David Dalton. “We have worked hard and sweated through long hours of conditioning. We’ve tutored each other to maintain eligibility. We have really become a tight family, to be honest.”
“I’ve seen each of these boys grow up in the last few months,” Dalton added. “People tell me i’m nuts to teach, but they don’t get to see growth and progress like I do. These boys are our future and the future looks bright.”
Going undefeated for Chapel Hill was Malcolm Hornes. Hornes went 5-0 at 152. he picked up three pins and three victories by decision.
“He is still a little rusty and we are getting him ready for the region,” said CHHS coach Marcus Harley.
The Panthers are a young team and have not been able to field a full team since New Manchester opened, splitting the population of the two schools.
“I have four kids that have never stepped onto the mat, but they are progressing,” Harley said. “Heart is not an issue. They are eager to learn, we just do not have enough experience. I strongly believe that in the next couple of years we will be strong.”