The Colonels trumped the competition over the weekend to capture the Woodward Invitational, a result spearheaded by five first-place finishes from Cass wrestlers.
Devin Garrett, 106 pounds; Hunter Quinn, 120; Blake Walker, 126; Rashad Williams, 132; and Tyjuan Jett, 285, each won their respective weight classes to lead the Colonels to their victory on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Brandon Mitchell (113), Thomas Keller (138), Montavious Turner (145) and Tyler Larson (152) were all runners-up; and Micah Barron took fourth place to help Cass score 359.5 points. The closest competitor, second-place West Laurens, had 294 points.
“This is the first time we actually looked like we were in midseason form,” Colonels coach D.L. Koontz said. “We still have a few [wrestlers] that are out.”
On Friday, Cass traveled to the Woodward Invitational with 13 wrestlers, 10 of which ended up placing.
“They looked tough the entire time,” Koontz added in regard to his wrestlers. “They just kept pushing and pushing and pushing.
“They never coasted. … All the guys wrestled great.”
Keller, perhaps, was the longest shot to place after entering the tournament as a 6-seed in his weight class.
However, he wound up in the finals to give the Colonels nine wrestlers who got into the finals.
In its next outing, Cass is scheduled to wrestle at Rockmart Saturday, a match that should give some of the Colonels’ injured varsity wrestlers, as well as some inexperienced wrestlers, a chance to get on the mat ahead of next month’s duals.
“[We] want to get some of those younger guys who haven’t got a lot of mat time [a chance to wrestle],” Koontz acknowledged. “They need to get more mat time.”
The Colonel coach noted that some of those young wrestlers will be counted upon come area duals time, which begins Jan. 3-4 at Gilmer County High.
Joining Cass in the Area 7-AAAA duals tournament, among others, will be the host Bobcats — who won both the state duals and traditional tournaments last year — as well as Southeast Whitfield, which also advanced to the state duals tournament a year ago.
— The Daily Tribune News’ Chike Nwakamma contributed to this article.