BHS finishes season in sectionals

Published 10:35 am Monday, February 11, 2013

QUALIFIED FOR SECTIONALS: Shown are the Bainbridge Bearcats’ wrestlers who finished in the top four at the regional tournament, and qualified for the sectional tournament in Rome, Ga., this past weekend. They are: front row, left to right, Glenn Cooper and Tremaine McCray; back row, left to right, Josh Sheard, Tyler Storey and Jacob Trawick.

The Bainbridge Bearcats ended their 2012-13 season Saturday at the western Georgia sectional tournament at Allatoona High School, outside Rome, Ga., after five wrestlers qualified for competition at the sectional tournament.

Two weekends ago, the Bearcats traveled to Lee County for the region tournament. Bainbridge took 13 of 14 weight classes to participate, and five wrestlers qualified by finishing in the top four in their weight class.

Senior Jacob Trawick finished in fourth place at regionals, having to forfeit the finals due to separated ribs from the previous match. Senior Josh Sheard finished in fourth place, freshman Tyler Storey finished in fourth place and sophomore Glenn Cooper finished third.

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Sophomore Tremaine McCray finished the highest of the Bearcats’ wrestlers, taking the region runner-up title in his weight class.

“Our biggest surprise of the weekend was Tremaine McCray wrestling for the title against a Harris County wrestler who has already signed a D-1 wrestling scholarship with Western Michigan,” Bainbridge coach Chad Smith said.

During the sectional competition last weekend, the Bearcats’ competitors all took a loss in the first round. The second round was slightly different, as Sheard and Storey each pinned their opponents and advanced to the third round. Both Sheard and Storey were pinned in their third-round matches, ending the year with 10th-place finishes.

“For Tremaine McCray and Glenn Cooper, making it this far as 10th graders is a great accomplishment,” Smith said. “Wrestling with a pair of separated ribs proved to be a tough feat for senior Jacob Trawick, who taught us all what true leadership is, by choosing to represent his team colors instead of forfeiting out.

“I was extremely proud of my boys, for not only making it this far at such a young age, but for showing great sportsmanship and character in the process.”

Smith expects all his wrestlers to return for the 2013-14 year, except for this year’s three seniors.

“The future is bright for BHS wrestling,” he said.