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Flowery Branch wins third straight Hall County title
Flowery Branch High’s Nate Amos, top, attempts to pin North Hall’s A.J. Berry during their match Saturday afternoon at the Hall County Duals at the Flowery Branch High gymnasium.
FLOWERY BRANCH — At the end of Day 1 of the duals competition of the Hall County Championships, Flowery Branch wrestling coach Shane Lancaster said that it was still anyone’s championship to win.

When Day 2 concluded Saturday at Flowery Branch High, Lancaster’s team had left little doubt as to who the champions were.
The Falcons culminated an undefeated run through the team competition with 48-18 wins against both North Hall and West Hall to claim their third straight Hall County title.

“This is an incredible feeling,” Lancaster said. “We knew coming in that the odds were stacked against us because once you win, people want you not to again.”

The Trojans started strong against Flowery Branch with Wes Adams earning a win by decision.

The Falcons, however, won eight of the next nine matches — with four pins — to put the match out of reach.

As was the case in the Falcons’ win against West Hall, senior standout Danny Bell punctuated his team’s wins with pins.
Bell, who won his fourth straight Hall County individual title Friday, was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler of the lower weight classes (103-140 pounds).

His teammate Chris Amos was awarded the same honor for the upper weight classes (145-285 pounds).

“I’m really proud of those two,” Lancaster said. “It’s a big source of pride for me and the team to have our seniors step up the way those two did this weekend.”

The Spartans managed four wins against Flowery Branch, including two by individual champions Tanner Yates (125) and Collins Wright (145) early in the match that kept West Hall close at 9-6.

The Falcons won eight of the last 10 matcheswith five pins, however, to earn the county team title.

“Our kids got pumped up,” Lancaster said. “When momentum shifts your way it’s easier to carry than it is to have to start the momentum.

“This is a good confidence booster, but it puts a target on our backs and raises the stakes, especially considering we’ll face these teams again in a week.”

The Region 7-AAA Duals will take place Jan. 8-9 at West Forsyth High School.

Prior to the Falcons’ wins against North Hall and West Hall, the latter two teams faced off in the match that wound up determining which team was the second best in Hall County.

The Trojans and Spartans dueled for 14 matches with North Hall coming out on top 48-27 to take second place.
Wright pulled his Spartans’ team ahead 18-15 with a pin in the sixth match.

The Trojans won two straight matches sparked by a win by decision by Shane Doster — Hall County individual champion at 160 — to retake the lead.

A pin by West Hall’s Chris Price gave his team a 27-24 lead, but North Hall won the next four decisions by three pins and a forfeit to run away with the match.

Chestatee, Gainesville, East Hall and Johnson, in that order, rounded out the rankings of the Hall County Championships.
The War Eagles finished the tournament at 3-3, Gainesville wound up 2-4, East Hall 1-5 and Johnson 0-6.
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