Black Watch Wrestling fin­ishes fourth dur­ing Ola Mus­tang Open

Lo­cal wrestlers ready for the state qual­i­fiers

The Covington News - - Sports - By Alan Howard

MCDONOUGH — The Black Watch Wrestling team from Cov­ing­ton placed fourth at the Ola High School Mus­tang Open in Henry County on Satur­day.

Black Watch, which scored 187 points over­all, was among 30 teams com­pet­ing with over 300 youth wrestlers.

With wrestlers in five dif­fer­ent age classes — 6 and un­der, 8 and un­der, 10 and un­der, 12 and un­der and 14 and un­der — the Black Watch squad did very well, con­sider- ing it only had 16 wrestlers reg­is­ter for the event.

The Union Grove Ju­nior Wolver­ine Wrestling Club from Henry County had 63 wrestlers reg­is­tered at the tour­na­ment, tak­ing first place with 550 over­all points.

Team Wal­ton from Wal­ton County (27 wrestlers) placed sec­ond with 233 points. Peachtree City Wrestling Club from Fayette County (30 Wrestlers) took third with 230 points.

The Black Watch wrestlers who placed were Jack­son Wheeler (8 un­der 55, third), Austin Parish (8 un­der 75, fourth), Alex Parish (12 un­der 95, fourth), Rory Bar­ber (12 un­der 95, third), Jed Wheeler (12 un­der 112, sec­ond), Dal­ton Wheeler (14 un­der 77-84, sec­ond) and Kevin Thompson (14 un­der 112-120, fourth).

It was the largest show­ing at a tour­na­ment for the newly formed youth wrestling team.

With some mid­dle school wrestlers able to com­pete since the end­ing of wrestling sea­son and sev­eral first-time wrestlers start­ing to get more in­volved, Black Watch Wrestling hopes to have a strong show­ing for the state qual­i­fiers on March 1. The top three in each weight/age class will then head to the state tour­na­ment on March 8 at Parkview High School.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Black Watch Wrestling, con­tact Gabe Ga­mada­nis at (404)935-8886 or send e-mail to gabegama@ya­hoo.com.

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