A 2-3 start to the basketball season didn't give Gainesville boys coach Todd Cottrell any reason to panic. Any questioning the Red Elephants level of talent after losing in the first round of the Lanierland tournament and then losing 2-of-3 games in the Wolverine Christmas Invitational, would have to be left to the spectators.
Undefeated after four rounds in the duals portion of the Hall County Championships on Saturday, Flowery Branch needed a win over Chestatee to secure its second straight team title.
With the score tied 6-6, the Falcons' 152-pound Hall County individual champion Ben Yu won by pin, beginning a stretch in which Flowery Branch won six of the next seven matches to beat Chestatee 50-13 and defend their Hall County team championship.
Flowery Branch High's wrestling team certainly dominated the lightweight divisions in the individual matches of the Hall County championships. Whether that translates into a repeat team title for the Falcons will be determined today at East Hall.