North Hall’s wrestling program picked up eight individual weight-class wins and had four hard-fought losses to wrap up the Class 3A state duals championship with a 42-22 win against Bremen on Saturday in Macon. The Trojans swept through the entire weekend, beating Pierce County and Sonarville on Friday to earn the program’s first appearance in a state championship match in school history.
“This was a complete team effort today,” North Hall wrestling coach David Nichols said.
It marks North Hall’s third team state championship in school history, joining baseball (2017) and boys cross country (2006).
According to Nichols, the state championship by his program was made possible by the support it enjoyed.
“There’s no way we could have done this without the support of our parents and community,” the Trojans’ coach said. “They’ve been tremendous.”
In addition to the wins for North Hall, Nichols said it was huge that his team avoided being pinned in weight classes it lost. Youth at the heavier weight classes was Nichols’ main concern coming into the season, since he had adequate experience at the lighter weights.
“I knew we could be tough this season if the pups in the higher weight classes could hold their own,” said Nichols.
North Hall’s coach said he could tell the match was breaking in its favor when Jamie Hudson picked up the win by decision at 160 pounds, after Hayden Cook (152) managed to avoid giving up any bonus points in a loss to a defending state champion for Bremen.
Also winning for North Hall were Jack Whitmire (106), Jacob Pedraza (113), Matt Glenn (120), John Pedraza (126), Bryson Smith (132), Cody Smith (138), Dalton Battle (145) and Cade Miller (170).
Seth Carlton (182), Logan Hawthorne (195) and Bowie Eisenberg (220) also managed to wrestle well and avoided giving up any bonus points in losses.