Madison County wrestlers have hit the road in several big tournaments this season.
But on Saturday, the action came to them.
The guys from Danielsville hosted the 10-team Red Raider Duals Saturday at Madison County Middle School, placing ninth in the event.
“We’re just a very young group and there were a lot of solid teams, no easy teams,” said Madison County head coach Ritchie Houston of his team’s finish.
The Red Raiders are short on both experience and depth. Houston said he has several guys wrestling at the varsity level who should be participating in junior varsity matches. But due to lack of depth, they’re having to go up against older opponents.
“With our numbers, we don’t have a full varsity or a full JV,” said Houston. “We’re having to bump up guys.”
He noted that such experience may pay off down the road, but it creates some current struggles.
Once again, Madison County’s Max Nash led the Red Raider efforts, going 4-1 on the day. The senior had been perfect this year before falling Saturday to a defending Class A state champ from Holy Innocents.
Holy Innocents won Saturday’s event, while Commerce finished second. Madison County finished ahead of Westside.
The Red Raiders were slated to go to Morgan County Wednesday (results weren’t available as of press time). The team will then travel to Elberton for the Elbert Duals Saturday, then participate in the Hook ‘Em Horns Classic at Lambert High School Dec. 28-29.