For the second time in the last three seasons, the North Hall wrestling team has brought home the Class 3A duals state championship.
The Trojans took down Sonoraville 49-18 on Saturday afternoon in Macon to finish off a dominant run through the bracket this weekend that saw them win every matchup by at least 24.
“Our guys just came out so ready to compete,” North Hall coach David Nichols said. “They were focused. They were relaxed. They’d been here before. They just went out and laid it all on the line. We had a couple of guys really, really step up and put the team before themselves, push through some things and got the job done.”
The Trojans swept all but three weight classes on the day, getting wins from Seth Carlton (220 lbs), Bowie Eisenberg (285 lbs), Dawson Thompson (106 lbs), Christian Contreras (113 lbs), Jacob Pedraza (120 lbs), Damon Cambell (132 lbs), Jack Whitmire (138 lbs), Dalton Battle (152 lbs), Hunter Adams (160 lbs) and Logan Hawthorne (182 lbs).
Battle’s win locked the the match up early in North Hall’s favor, but the day was full of feel good moments for the Trojans — including a victory from Smith, who had not wrestled in over a month after battling injuries throughout the later part of the season.
“(Smith) stepped out there on the mat and beat a state placer from last year,” Nichols said. "It’s just really what our program is all about.”
Saturday’s title win provides exactly the type of sendoff Nichols wanted for a tight-knit senior class that has seen nothing but success since arriving at North Hall.
“It was just so great for us all to be able to share this together,” Nichols said. “This is really a close team across the board. It was so great to be able to share it with them.”
The season is not completely over for the team, as the Trojans will now regroup to prepare for February’s traditional wrestling state tournament, but regardless of what happens in that event, Saturday’s duals win will always stand out as one of many high points for a North Hall wrestling program that has had plenty of success of late.
The team members and their families will be getting together as a community at the North Hall field house upon returning to Hall County to celebrate the victory in the best way they know how.
“We’re going to eat a couple of tacos, give a few more hugs and enjoy it,” Nichols said.