Every year, the Jackson County Comprehensive High School wrestling team hosts the Panther Invitational, which has become an attractive place for athletes in surrounding counties to compete at.
While JCCHS didn’t take first place on their home floor, they finished in the top ten among some of the best of the best. Flowery Branch, Clarke Central and Oconee County High School were among some of the competitors, along with a few schools from Gwinnett County, including Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett High School.
“We followed up Tuesday night with a good showing at the Panther Invitational [where we finished sixth as a team]. Individual placers were Daivon Ledford [who took first place], Conner Andreasen and Lane Robertson [finished second], and Zak Evans [came in sixth place],” said Head Coach Jason Powers.
“Daivon had an excellent tournament and started off his season with a huge tournament victory. He came in as the number one seed in his weight class and he was able to deliver,” Powers said.
We see upsets happen at the collegiate level, (especially in football) and Jackson County had one of their own at the Panther Invitational.
“Conner Andreasen made numerous upsets on his way to the podium. Conner came into the tournament as the number seven seed and knocked off the number two and six seed; [he] made it to the finals where he came up just short,” said Powers.
“Zak Evans also made numerous upsets on his way to a top six finish. Zak was not seeded going into the tournament and upset the number four and five seed. Lane Robertson also had a great tournament with his fourth place finish. In addition to these placers some of our other wrestlers had good showings but fell just short of placing [in the] top six,” said Powers.
The Panthers will return to the mat tomorrow at Morgan County High School. They will be competing in the Christmas Classic at 6 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. the next day.