By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor
The Fannin Rebels have been hard at work on the mats and in the gym, and their efforts earned them a third place team showing at the Cherokee Duals, Saturday, November 19. The Rebels relentlessly pursued victory match after match, beating West Hall 48-18 and then absolutely man-handling Riverwood, 60-12. Sequoyah gave the Rebels some great competition, but Fannin continued their winning ways with a 54-30 win over the Chiefs. In the final pool, the Rebels won a nail biter against Meadowcreek (46-42) before finally falling to AAAAAA powerhouse Valdosta, 52-22.
Overall, head coach David Henson was pleased with the effort and performance of his youngsters. “We had a really good showing,” Henson told the Focus. “I think we wrestled well and got better. We’re still working on technique and getting everyone in the right spots.”
The Rebels had two days to recover before taking the bus ride over to Cartersville the following Tuesday (Nov. 22), where they struggled against Adairsville (L, 42-28), Chatooga (L, 31-30), Cartersville (L, 41-40). The varsity finally caught a break with a big win over Calhoun, 50-24. After such a dominating performance in Woodstock, the outcome of the Cartersville Duals came with a pretty good explanation: holiday vacations typically have a heavy impact on athletic attendance and performance.
“We went 1-3, but we were missing five starters and gave up 30 points to forfeits,” coach Henson explained. “This was disappointing – having to overcome some injuries and battling holiday attendance – but the matches we wrestled and the guys that competed did an outstanding job. We are working to develop and moving in the right direction. This is a part of wrestling, and we need to continue to work on depth to eliminate some of these issues.”
The Rebels travel to Cleveland, Georgia, to take on White County and East Hall (Tuesday, Nov. 29).