The Wildcats had already defeated East Paulding and Paulding County rather convincingly, but found themselves down 24-6 after losing six straight matches in the championship finals to Allatoona on Saturday.
“Then we showed what this program is made of,” Woodland coach Adrian Tramutola said.
The Wildcats won their fourth straight area duals championship, 37-30, by closing out their match against Allatoona with four straight victories.
Isaiah Ross started it by winning the 195-pound division with a pin. Nathaniel Lehman then pinned his opponent in the 220-pound division. Those two victories were then followed by A.J. Wilson winning by decision in the heavyweight division and Logan Sims getting a pin in the 106-pound division.
Woodland was down by two points heading into the heavyweight division and then up by one point with Wilson’s 11-4 win by decision.
“The six losses in a row were unexpected, but fortunately you have 14 weight classes that gives teams like us today the opportunity to comeback from an early deficit,” Tramutola said.
By virtue of their comeback, the Wildcats qualified for the GHSA Team Dual Wrestling State Tournament to be held this coming weekend at the Macon Centreplex.
Prior to winning its match against Allatoona, Woodland had defeated East Paulding, 51-30, and Paulding County, 53-24.
Woodland will learn what seed it will be at the state tournament during a scheduled meeting that is to be held at GHSA’s office in Thomaston this afternoon.
“Seeding will be determined by your record, wins and losses and common opponents,” said Tramutola, who will be attending the meeting.
First-round matches for Area AAAAA wrestling teams will start Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Championship matches for all classifications will be held Saturday starting at noon.
“We are very excited to win the area duals four years in a row, and we are just as excited about competing for the state championship once again,” Tramutola said.
Woodland was the state runner-up last year, the state champs the year before that, and had a top six finish in 2010.
Wrestling coaches from Adairsville, Cass and Cartersville were all wishing they could duplicate Tramutola’s statement, but neither of the three Bartow County wrestling programs finished in the top two of their respective area duals.
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