It was a tough weekend for the Jackson County Mat Panthers as an odd format in the USMC Raider Rumble at Alpharetta High School gave a couple of JCCHS’ top grapplers fits, and landed the team with a seventh place finish.
“The format had us wrestle in three pool matches on Friday night and then the wrestlers were seeded according to how they did in the pools,” said coach Jason Powers. “Due to the format that was used we got a lot of bad draws that played havoc on some of our better wrestlers Saturday.”
On Saturday, losers in the first two rounds of wrestling were eliminated from the tournament. Kevin Spicer went 3-0 with three pins on Friday, was seeded fourth, drawing the only wrestler he has lost to this year. He lost before placement rounds.
Jackson County’s Charles Smothers works to keep a hold on an opponent at a recent match. Smothers placed fourth in the 171 lb. category at Saturday’s USMC Raider Rumble. Photo by Blair Buffington
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