Gilmer High School was named “Team of the Week” by Amateur Wrestling News, a national publication that covers high school wrestling across the entire United States.AWN took notice of the Bobcats performance in Norman Lake, NC last week with this report: “Gilmer was crowned Champions at the Norman Lake Duals in North Carolina this past weekend. In the pool bracket they defeated Fort Dorchester (S.C.) 60-15, Jack Britt, (S.C.) 55-14 and Lake Norman (N.C.) 48-23. Gilmer then moved on to face 13th ranked Christiansburg (Va.) in the championship dual and posted an impressive 46-25 win over the Blue Demons.”
Gilmer HS Administrator and long-time assistant coach, David Henson commented on the announcement saying, “This is a big step for us. We’ve received a lot of state awards, but this is the first time the team has had national recognition.”
The excitement of the national team of the week award overshadowed the evening’s home victory over Fannin and Southeast Whitfield high schools. It was the second time Gilmer Head Coach Sam Snider went head to head against his son, Josh, who is in his second year of his role as the Rebel’s head coach.
Sam Snider said, “It was an exciting night and good to see my son. We did a good job. We matched them up well. His kids are getting better every time and I hope he is encouraged. The big news is his wife is going to have a baby, inducing labor on Thursday, and I’m going to be a grandpa!”
Regarding the national recognition, Snider said, “We didn’t see that coming. Of all the high school teams in the country, they noticed us.”
Scores for Tuesday night’s duals matches: Gilmer 66-9 over Fannin and 58-12 over Southeast Whitfield.