THE JEFFERSON High School wrestling teams’ stock is rising after the Dragons earned seven duals victories last week.
Last Wednesday, the Mat Dragons traveled to Berkmar High School for a tri-duals match. Jefferson knocked off Berkmar 41-27, and defeated Druid Hills 58-15.
Saturday, Jefferson traveled to Greenville, S.C. to compete in the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Southern Duals at Berea High School.
The Dragons defeated all five teams they faced including Chatain (57-21), Emerald (71-12), Liberty (66-10), Gafney (66-12) and White Knole (50-27) in the final. Jefferson took home the tournament championship uncontested.
“We are making progress, but we still don’t have our full lineup,” said Dragon head coach Doug Thurmond. “It seems like we take one step forward and two back in trying to get everybody out there. But the ones that are out there are getting better and at least we are winning some tournaments.”
The Dragons will travel to two more out of state duals tournaments before hosting area duals in early January.
This weekend, the Dragons will head to Tennessee for the Pigeon Forge Duals. After the holiday break, Jefferson will travel to Baton Rouge, La. for the Deep South Bayou Duals on Dec. 28 at Louisiana State University.
Thurmond is hoping out of state competition will better prepare the Dragons for the area meet.
“You don’t want to keep wrestling the same people over and over,” said Thurmond. “That’s what happens when you go to a lot of tournaments around here. We wrestle a lot of our area and state kids enough between area duals, state duals…etc. Going out of state, you catch a lot of traveling teams – which are typically pretty good. You want to wrestle those kind of teams to get you ready for state competition.”
The Dragons will need all the experience they can get, as area opponent Social Circle has emerged as a strong contender early in the season. Social Circle won the Panther Invitational and has defeated several top-tier teams including Commerce, Banks County and Morgan County.
“Our work is cut out for us,” added Thurmond. “We know they are pretty good.”