Beat the Purple Hurricanes and the Tigers would win their first-ever county wrestling championship.
Along with winning the county championship, the Tigers wrestling team would have earned a tremendous amount of prestige for what it was on the brink of accomplishing.
“One more win was all that we needed,” Adairsville wrestling coach Joey Harris said. “Still, it was quite an accomplishment for us to have already beaten Woodland and Cass heading into the third round.”
But when the Tigers lost their final individual match to the Canes, everything changed.
With a pin in the 285-pound division, the Canes went from a 36-33 deficit to winning on points, 39-33.
Suddenly, there was a three-way tie for first place.
Adairsville, Cartersville and Woodland were all 2-1. Cass was 0-3 and already eliminated.
“With three teams having 2-1 records, we went to a tiebreaker to determine which team won,” Cartersville coach Garvin Edwards said.
The criteria implemented was which team won the most matches by either pin, decision or forfeit.
Based on that lone criteria, the Woodland Wildcats wrestling team exited the gym carrying the hardware that goes to the county champion.
“Had Adairsville beaten us, there would been no need for a tiebreaker,” Edwards said.
To read the rest of this story, please purchase a copy of The Daily Tribune News at your nearby news rack or subscribe to the E-edition.