The Commerce High School wrestling team started its season last week as the by going 2-0 in duals competition.
Last Tuesday, Commerce knocked off Lumpkin County 37-27 and defeated Dawson County 58-18. Dalton Flint, Mitchell Patton, Cole Chancey, Jake Tate, Greyson Cochran, Morgan Flint, Chance McClure and Derek Benoit were all undefeated at the tri-meet.
Last weekend, the Tigers competed in the Panther Invitational, which Commerce head coach Kendall Love called “a meat grinder of a tournament.” The Panther Invitational hosted 25 area teams ranging from Class A to AAAAAA.
Five Tiger wrestlers competed in the championship rounds of their respective weight classes and propelled Commerce to a second-place overall finish in the invitational. Commerce earned 215 points – only eight points behind tournament champion Social Circle. Jefferson finished in third place with 153 points.
“I’m always anxious to see how are kids do at this tournament, because it is always a good measuring stick as to where we are at,” said Love. “I was pleased at the way our kids responded.”
Dalton Flint (106 lb.), Cole Chancey (138 lb.), Greyson Cochran (170 lb.) and Chance McClure all took home championships in their respective divisions. Trent Reddish finished second in the 160 lb. weight class, while Morgan Flint placed third in the 195 lb. weight class. Mitchell Patton (120 lb.) and Jake Tate (145 lb.) both earned fifth-place finishes.
“To put five guys in the finals at a tournament of this caliber is definitely a step in the right direction,” added Love. “We still need to improve in many areas, and we will do that. The football players will continue to get in wrestling shape and I expect us to improve in the coming weeks. We will continue to work hard to prepare for our area duals.”
The Tigers hosted Morgan County and Habersham County in a duals tri-meet on Tuesday, but details were unavailable at press time.
This weekend, Commerce will travel to Madison compete in the Morgan County Invitational. Competition begins on Friday at 5 p.m. and reconvenes on Saturday at 9 a.m.