Bartow County wrestling teams dominated the Area 7-AAAAA tournament held this weekend at Creekview High School in Canton.
Woodland was the champion with 266 points, followed by Cass, which scored 226. In third place was Cambridge at 135 points, 91 behind Cass. Seventeen of the 28 finalists hailed from Bartow.
Six Wildcat champions and three Colonel champions were crowned. The winners from Woodland are Kyle Golhoffer (106 pounds), Jahvar Lewis (120), Dawson Woods (126), Logan Sims (132), Cody Cochran (152) and Hunter Hardin (220). Cass champions are Chance Scrutchins (182 pounds), Tripp Breeden (195) and Seven Richards (285).
Other Wildcat finalists are Jesus Montero (113 pounds), Spencer Cooper (145), Brett Shedd (195) and Dalton May (275). The Colonel finalists include Tyler Pilcher (120), Jordan Mitchell, (126), Hunter Quinn (138) and Houstan Jones (170).
Third-place winners include Cass’ Devin Garrett (113), Cody Mauldin (126), Jaylen Callahan (145) and Khalil Farmer (152), plus Woodland’s Joseph Jones (160) and Jacob Frye (170).
Fourth-placers were Kyle Veley (WL 138), Raekwan Hicks (WL 182) and CJ McKnight (Cass 160). All of those have qualified for sectionals, which will be held at Lanier High School next weekend.
The top-eight finishers will go onto the state tournament from there. Cass had two fifth-place finishers who are alternates, Nick Mills (106) and Dallas Huston (220).
Coach Adrian Tramutola said he was pleased with his team’s finish.
“It was truly a team effort,” Tramutola said. “In the eight years I have been at Woodland, we have never qualified all 14 wrestlers for sectionals. Because our area is so tough, most of our team should go on and make it to the state tournament. Whereas all of the wrestlers performed very well this week, I am especially proud of our seniors and their leadership.
“Freshman Kyle Golhoffer did well, as he has all year. Hunter Hardin has improved so much. We had three new starters on our varsity team this season. They have accomplished so much.”
Cass head coach DL Koontz had similar praise for his team and its improvement over the year.
His only state qualifier from last season is Hunter Quinn, a three-time state place winner.
“Since I have been head coach, Cass has never had 12 wrestlers to make it to sectionals,” Koontz said. “Our kids have worked so hard to get to where we are right now. All of the coaches have contributed to what our men are accomplishing.
“The team is peaking at the right time. It's a fun time of the year.”