Madison County freshman Cody Bond won first place in the 106-lb. class at the East Metro Invitational in Loganville this past weekend.
Bond improved to 39-0 on the season.
“He beat a kid from Oconee County, a senior, ranked either second or third in AAA,” said Madison County head coach Ritchie Houston. “He beat him in the finals 9-4.”
Houston said Bond has performed well this season.
“He’s beat some tough kids,” said Houston. “He’s got about five or six really quality wins….For a freshman it (being undefeated) is very rare, especially this late in the season.”
Other Raider wrestlers who placed in the tournament included Evan Drake, who took fifth at 113 lbs.; Dylan Haney, fourth, 145 lbs.; and Eric Smith, fourth, 152 lbs.
The Raider wrestling team took 11th out of 26 teams in the tournament. Houston said he feels pretty good about the finish.
“I do (feel good), we’ve got a lot of holes in the lineup,” said Houston. “And we’re still mostly freshmen and sophomores….We’ve got some strong individuals and hopefully we’re going to peak at the right time.”
Madison County will have a final tuneup this weekend in the Granite City Invitational at Elbert County, before next week’s area tournament.
“You don’t really want anything tough this week, because you’re getting ready for area,” said Houston. “We’ve got a few bumps and bruises.”
The coach said Haney, a senior, is seeking his first state appearance, but he suffered a shoulder injury and may sit out this weekend to recover in time for the area tournament the following week.
Houston said the region is tough. But he said he feels several Raider wrestlers have a shot at qualifying for state.
“We’ll just have to go in and see, but we’d like to qualify everybody,” he said.