Jefferson claims 12th Duals title


Chase Piperato nails a pin against Bremen High School in the finals of the Duals. Al McLeod/For the Paper.

The dynasty continues for Jefferson High School’s wrestling team which achieved its 12th consecutive Duals Championship. The Dragons owned the Macon Coliseum where they defeated Calhoun and Monticello and went on to defeat Bremen High School 47-16 for the Duals title.

While the score against Bremen may look like an easy defeat, the Dragons were up against a few wrestlers with some bragging rights of their own.

“They had four state champions coming back,” said Head Coach Doug Thurmond. “We put ourselves in the finals [and they] did well with that.”

The demand for Jefferson to win another state title was definitely something they could not run away from.

“We talked about that with them. They want to keep the streak going. There’s a lot of pressure there,” Thurmond said.

The preparation leading up to the duals was business as usual but the Dragons had more of an edge after competing against some of the best teams in the country.

“We pretty much stayed on course. They were pretty much ready. A lot of that preparation came with the matches we did out of state, [such as when we went] to Minnesota and Pigeon Forge,” said Thurmond.

“I’m extremely proud. That was a tough dual and they did a great job. They really stepped up to the challenge,” said Thurmond.