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Wrestling team finishes fifth in state duals playoffs

The Pike County High School wrestling team competed in the Elite 8 of the state championship over the weekend at Stephens County High School. The team finished in the round that would place them fifth in the State Duals.

“The Pirates came out swinging and defeated Franklin County in a tight dual match up. Wrestling new comer Kyle Keese came through at 215 with a win to help propel the Pirates to a victory,” said Clay Woerner. “The next round was the semi-finals and the Pirates had the defending dual state runner up, Gilmer. They split the first few matches but then rattled off several pins in a row. Then it was back and forth and the Pirates came out missing the finals by only one match or a 10 point swing. After the semis, with no break, the team had to wrestle in the conso-finals and suffered a deflating loss to Ringgold. Again, the team won and lost as a ‘team’ that represented Pike County well. Jack Bell, Gage Lee, Owen Hammett, Jack Barron, Jakilen King all had good days and won most of their matches. Other leaders like Ayden Stanely, Luke Woerner, Rylee Gordon and Andrew Hood all had tough opponents during the day and competed well and kept the matches close.”

The Pirates won the State Preliminary Duals in exciting fashion to advance to the state meet. The first match had Pike facing White County. 

“The ‘pickers’ from around the state had Pike losing and White County advancing and beating Adairsville. However, Pike pulled out the win,” said Woerner. “First off, we adjusted our lineup for better match ups and sent Luke Moon who is a back up at 175 to wrestle 190. He came out with a win. Then Jakilen King followed with another pin after wrestling up to 215. The next win occurred at 113 with Ayden Stanley. Jordan Thompson who has been battling a foot injury and surgery came up with a win at 126. Then they hit the heart of our line-up and Woerner, Lee, Gordon and Hammett all came out with wins and mostly pins to win the match 44-33.” 

Then Pike faced its biggest competition, Adairsville, who had eliminated the Pirates two years in a row in the preliminary duals. 

“The Pirates came up with some big wins or close losses to keep the match within striking distance and the match came down to Jakilen King winning a close decision for the win 39-33 over Adairsville,” said Woerner. “Again, it took a total effort from our team as Adairsville brought it, and had some good wrestlers who matched up well. We came through with some big wins.”

The remainder of the season will include the traditional style area, sectionals and state tournaments.

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