RECENT SNOWSTORMS and the lingering ice gave Jackson County’s wrestling team something of an involuntary winter break.
But life gets back to normal this week as the area thaws out.
Jackson County, which wrestled Madison County Tuesday night, returns to tournament action this Friday and Saturday at the East Metro tournament at Alcovy.
Before Tuesday, Jackson County hadn’t wrestled since Jan. 8 at the area duals. Snow and ice wiped out a dual meet Jan. 11, while the team was already slated to be off Jan. 14-15 while the state duals were in play.
And coach Jason Powers said that interruption has allowed his team some time to heal injuries, such a mid-season break isn’t ideal — especially on the heels of the downtime created by the Christmas holidays.
“It’s been tough keeping weight,” Powers said.
Not only did the snow keep the team from competing, the conditions kept the team from practicing some days, as well as maintaining conditioning.
“It’s hard to get out and run when there’s snow and ice,” Powers said.
But now the Panthers can get back to business with the East Metro event slated for this weekend. This is a league tournament, one that specifically gathers teams east of Atlanta to wrestle — hence the name East Metro.
Among the teams in the event are Eastside, Loganville, Banks County, Newton County, Alcovy and Rockdale County.
“It’s going to be a pretty tough tournament,” Powers said. “There’s going to be some stiff competition.”
The Panthers are also thinking about the area tournament that’s fast-approaching.
Jackson County has four regular season dates left on its schedule before the area tournament: the East Metro (this weekend), duals matches with Stephens County and Commerce (Jan. 25), the Sweet Onion Classic (Jan. 28-29) and a duals match with Dawson County and Elbert County (Feb. 1).
Powers — whose team finished no. 6 in Class AAA last year —feels good about the season to this point but said his team needs to get back on the mat and avoid injuries at the same time.
“We’ve just got to get everyone healed up and have everybody stay healthy until area,” Powers said.