The Gilmer High School wrestling team, the defending state AAAA Duals champion, began the postseason quest of the title defense with a 3-0 showing at the 7-AAAA Area Duals Tournament, held at Cedartown High School.
After a first round bye, the “Cats” took to the mats versus the host team. Johnnie Flakes began the Bobcats’ day off with an 18-2 technical pin at the 145lbs weight class, worth five team points.
Following a forfeit, Gilmer had an 11-0 lead. Cedartown picked up its first of two wins during the dual with a pin at 160.
The “Cats” then cradled all but one of the rest of the matches to walk into the semi-finals with a 69-12 victory.
The semi-finals saw the Bobcats blow past the Buccaneers of Southest Whitfield with a 54-15 shellacking. The win set up a finals match with the Ramblers of Lafayette.
The Ramblers came out biting the Bobcats, as a pin in the first match of the finals, at 182, gave Lafayette a 6-0 lead to start the dual. It was the first time the entire tournament that Gilmer saw a deficit.
Zack Allen tied the match at 6-6 with a pin at 195. A minor win, less than eight match points difference, for Lafayette at 220 put the Ramblers up 9-6.
A Gilmer pin at heavy weight put the “Cats” up 12-9, and gave Gilmer its first finals lead. Gilmer then proceeded to hold Lafayette to a total of seven more team points, as the “Cats” cruised to a 54-16 victory. Gilmer recorded 10 pins in the finals.
The “Cats” will next travel to Macon to take part in the State Duals meet, on January 11th and 12th.