Jack­ets take 4th in State Duals

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - From staff re­ports

A week­end on the road in Ma­con saw one lo­cal team get a good fin­ish in the State Duals, and lo­cal mid­dle school teams had a big week­end at FCA cham­pi­onships as well.

Jack­ets fans have rea­son to cel­e­brate af­ter they re­turn from mid­dle Ge­or­gia this week as placed in the con­so­la­tion bracket for the 2018 Class AA state duals for teams.

Rock­mart, lost to even­tual Class AA run­ner-up Toombs County 49-21 last Fri­day be­fore com­ing back over the week­end and get­ting a 36-30 win over Spencer to ad­vance to the con­so­la­tion fi­nals where the Jack­ets fell to Fitzger­ald 39-33 to take fourth place.

Jack­ets wrestling head coach Drew Lindsey said on a post on Face­book when an­nounc­ing the win that he was proud of what the team had ac­com­plished in a short span of time.

“A year ago this team fin­ished fifth in the Area duals. This year, Area dual cham­pi­ons and fourth in the state,” he said.

“This is the first time since 2003 that the Rock has placed at State Duals.”

Cedar­town didn’t make it to the State Duals this year af­ter fall­ing in the Area Duals as Cen­tral Car­roll and Troup County went this year to com­pete for Re­gion 5-AAAA.

The Tigers ended up in fourth place, with Jef­fer­son tak­ing the State Duals cham­pi­onship and Gilmer the run­ner up.

Teams will now have two weeks to pre­pare for the area tra­di­tional tour­na­ments the week­end of Jan. 26-27.

State sec­tional tour­na­ments will take place a week later, fol­lowed by the GHSA tra­di­tional state wrestling tour­na­ment back in Ma­con Feb. 8-10.

In other wrestling news, Rock­mart Mid­dle School placed first with 237 team points in the FCA Wrestling Cham­pi­onship held on Jan. 13, and Cedar­town placed third with 178 teeam points in the area com­pe­ti­tion that in­cluded Model, Ash­worth, Ar­muchee, Dar­ling­ton, Pep­perell, Coosa and Chat­tooga.

The Jack­ets mid­dle school pro­gram took six first place fin­ishes in the com­pe­ti­tion, and Cedar­town took two.

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Rock­mart’s wrestling team took fourth in State Duals over the week­end in Ma­con af­ter tak­ing first place in Area Duals on Jan. 6.

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