The Morgan County wrestling team traveled to Jackson County for the 4-AAA Area Dual Meet Tournament Saturday, but came away short of making it to the State Tournament. Wrestling is somewhat different from most high school sports in that there are separate state champions crowned for the team and individual competitions. The Dual Competition is for teams only to advance.
After taking care of business quite handily against Monroe Area 63-16, MOCO easily dispensed of Union County 60-18 in the second round. The win put Morgan in Saturday’s second day of matches to face perennial powerhouse Lumpkin County, the 2017 State Runner-ups.
The match against the Indians wound up in a tie at 36-all before losing on tie-breaking criteria. North Hall and Jackson County advanced to the State Tournament from the 4-AAA Duals.
According to Coach Dusty Sidwell, the Dogs were within a few criteria (points) of advancing. He said, “We had a battle this weekend. This means we are right there competing with the top Dogs in the state. Our guys are now getting ready to compete individually. We really had a strong showing as a team. We are still recovering from injuries and are looking forward to all of us being healthy.”
The Mat Dogs will celebrate Senior Night on January 19 in their last home match of the season. They will face off with Woodward Academy and Commerce, both state contenders.