Bearcat wrestlers place second at Chiles meet

Published 2:29 pm Friday, December 22, 2017

The Cats took the mat this past weekend at Chiles High school in Tallahassee, Florida against teams like TCC, Chiles, Leon, Dean Bozeman (PCB), Wewa, Lincoln, and Cairo.

The Cats faced Chiles in the first round of the round robin dual beating them 46-26. Moving into the second round the cats defeated Wewa by a score of 52-24 and in the final round of the pool round robin bainbridge defeated Bozeman out of Panama City by a score of 60-12. After winning pool A the cats had to crossover to wrestle familiar foes TCC and Cairo. The cats lost to TCC by 12 point and be Cairo handily by 24 points. The team finished the day 4-1 taking 2nd place behind TCC.

Winning their weight classes were; Tre Storey, Jabez Minnis, and Arkevious Marshall. Ryan Smith and Adam Pascual went undefeated in the JV potion of the tournament.

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The cats were forfeiting 18 points every match due to us not having a 106, 113 and 120 pounder in each weight class so it has been hard to win as a team when you start out 18 points down to some good teams.

We just dont grow them that small in Bainbridge at the high school and if we find one he usually isn’t the wrestling type. We have a Sophomore lead team this year with only 3 seniors.

The seniors are totaling a record this year of 39-14 with Tre Storey leading the way at 17-1 and on pace to set the all time win record for the Cats of 103 wins currently held by his brother and former wrestling and football star, Tyler Storey. Next Curtiss Watson has a record of 15-4 and Tanner Brown at 7-9. Tanner is out of his original weight class at the moment facing bigger and stronger guys.

The cats finish the 2017 year out with a quad match at Cook county against Cook, Yulee and Berrian High schools.

As 2018 comes in, Bainbridge will host its first ever Region Dual tournament in its 19 year wrestling history on Jan 6th.

We are hoping to finish in one of the top two spots in order to make it to state as a team, something the team has never accomplished. We are always good but giving up the forfeits makes it real hard to beat other well organized full teams. We are a much better individual unit than team unit. The fact that making state as a team doesn’t hold us back from sending over half to sectionals and 3-5 each year to state, something a lot of team in our area do not do.