The Banks County Middle School Leopards competed this past Saturday in the toughest preseason tournament in the state, the Jr. Mountaineer Tournament in Dahlonega.
Team leaders say the team wrestled extremely well considering 75% of the roster has never wrestled in a middle school tournament.
BCMS placed second as a team behind Lumpkin County Middle School which has 36 eighth graders on their team. Schools in attendance were Banks, Jasper, White, Lumpkin, Towns, Franklin, Union, Habersham, Riverview, Dawson, Fannin, West Jackson and Pickens Counties.
Out of 16 weight classes, Banks County had eight in the top four. This is the 16th tournament in the last five years that Banks County Middle School has placed in the top three as a team.