The Gilmer High School Bobcats wrestling team traveled to Cass High School to take part in the Area 8-AAAA Traditional Tournament, the first step in making the State Traditional Tournament, which decided the state champion for each individual weight class. The Bobcats won the tournament with 276.5 points, and more importantly will take 12 wrestlers to the Sectionals Tournament, with a chance to move on to the State Traditional Tournament, where GHS will be looking for a its 13th wrestling state championship.
Gilmer produced five Area champions, Alberto Perez (106); Daniel Bautista (120); Cameron Perry (132); Johnie Flakes (152); and Matthew Waddell (160). Perez spent most of the year at 120 and 113 before moving down to 106 for Area.
The Bobcats carried 10 wrestlers into the Area finals, the aforementioned first place finishers and five second place finishers: Marcelino Lopez (113); Jamie Lopez (145); Zack Allen (195); Tyler Bertolini (220); and Levi Seabolt (285).
Mel Mosley, and Dusty Lacy both placed third at 138 and 126 respectively.
The “Cats” will take part in the Sectional Tournament this upcoming weekend for seeding and placing in the State Tournament. The top eight wrestlers from both the East and West Sectionals compete at the State Tournament for each weight classes’ individual champion.