Madison County (21-14) went 2-2 in the 8-AAAA duals, failing to qualify for this weekend’s state duals in Macon.
The Raiders earned lopsided wins over Cedar Shoals (72-12) and Monroe Area (72-10) but lost to Heritage (42-19) and Apalachee (47-35).
“We are three weeks away from area individual s and hope to see some kids starting to peek at our next two individual tournaments,” coach Richie Houston said.
The team has the Tift County tournament and the Patriot Classic coming up before the 8-AAAA individual tournament in February. “Both are individual tournaments and I hope help us get ready for a big area tournament,” Houston said.
The top four in each weight class at the area duals advance to the state sectionals in Brunswick hosted by Glynn Academy High School.
As for the area duals, Colton Phillips (119), Issac Smith (145) and Tyler Adams (215) all went 4-0 on the day.
Tanner Johnson (152), Michael Kilpatrick (130) and Chris Savage (140) went 3-1.
Madison County wrestled Tuesday against Hart County — results weren’t available at press time — and will have this weekend off due to the state duals. The Raiders resume their schedule Jan. 20 against Winder-Barrow, Heritage and Oglethorpe County.
Madison County took a couple on the chin Jan. 6 in losses to Jackson County (50-15) and North Oconee (45-18).
“We just plain out got beat,” Houston said. “We brought a knife to a gun fight as the old saying goes.”