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Adairsville changing gears for rest of season
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
January 15, 2013 03:56 PM | 1032 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jessie James and Bo Depasquale spar during practice last week.
From left, Jessie James and Bo Depasquale spar during practice last week.
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The Adairsville wrestling team made it to the semifinals of the Area 2-AAA Duals at the beginning of this month after defeating Coahulla Creek 61-12 and barely defeating Cartersville 36-35.

While the Tigers performed well at the Area Duals, they were unable to qualify for the GHSA team dual wrestling state tournament in Macon.

“Our kids fought hard, but we came up short of our goal of qualifying for the state duals. We still have a lot of room for improvement,” said head coach Joey Harris.

While the team didn’t make it to Macon, Harris said the season is going well overall but knows his team has had some mishaps.

“We’ve done really well at points and we’ve struggled at points,” said Harris.

At the Bartow County Duals on Dec. 21, the team wrestled hard and was able to perform better than ever before.

“That’s always a tough one, but we were able to compete for the championship, beating Cass and Woodland and having a chance to beat Cartersville,” Harris said.

The next day, Dec. 22, the team went on to compete in the Pepperell Invitational Tournament and finished second.

During the Area Duals, two of the Tigers’ wrestlers went undefeated — Chance Bishop and Hayden Randolph.

Bishop is a sophomore wrestling at 132 pounds. After the Area Duals he was at 13 season wins, placing second at North Atlanta and third at Pepperell.

Randolph is a senior at 126 pounds. He was 19-2 after the Area Duals, placing second at North Atlanta and Pepperell. Randolph is a two-time state qualifier and went 3-0 at the County Duals wrestling at 132.

Bishop and Randolph are two of the three top wrestlers named by Harris, with the other being Tyler James.

James is a senior wrestling at 120 pounds with 15 wins after the Area Duals. James took first at North Atlanta, second at Pepperell, and is a two-time state qualifier. He also took fourth in the 2012 AA State Duals.

Aside from these three wrestlers, Harris said he is very proud of the performance he is getting out of his younger guys this season as they “don’t have enough seniors.”

With Area and State Duals gone, Adairsville is now “swapping gears to get ready for the traditional duals” coming up in February.

“We’re in a competitive area and I want to qualify as many as possible for sectionals then on to state,” Harris said.
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