After becoming a powerhouse in the state, it would only be fitting for the Jefferson High School wrestling team to test themselves among others outside of Georgia. It seems like no matter where they are on the map, the Dragons are sure to uphold its winning ways.
JHS traveled to Tennessee to take part in the Pigeon Forge Duals; Jefferson held on to its bragging rights after coming out as the victor for the second straight year in the event.
Jefferson battled William Blount HS out of Tennessee and Woodford HS from Kentucky. Gilmer High School, who has a few things to brag about as well, was shut down by the Dragons 37-21.
Zach Rhymer was named the tournaments most outstanding wrestler in the upper weight division for JHS.
Jefferson continued its tour in Rochester, MN where they competed in The Clash. The Dragons placed 15th out of 32 teams. JHS started off on the right foot with a 31-29 win over Prior Lake, MN where the Dragons went up against eight seniors.
Jefferson fell to Simley, Minn. by one point; the Dragons aren’t used to being on the losing side of things and the 35-34 defeat prevented them from placing the top 12.
However, Jefferson represented well for the state of Ga. by defeating Collins Hill High School, who notched its fifth consecutive AAAAA state title this past season. The Dragons won 45-23.
Tyler Marinelli set the tone for Jefferson and achieved a 5-1 record. He was defeated by one of the top wrestlers out of the state of Missouri, who is ranked nationally. Chase Piperato added a major 4-2 record for a Jefferson team that saw two men fall to injuries.
The Dragons will return home to host the Area Duals Jan. 4-5; Rabun County, Oglethorpe County, Social Circle and Washington-Wilkes High School are just a few of the schools that will seek to take down Jefferson at home.