Four Indians Earn Medals
The Vidalia Wrestling team finished tenth place in the 27 team Sweet Onion Memorial Classic. Seniors Chris Jones and Jesse Conley lead the way with tournament runner up placings. Although both were disappointed in their finals match, each had a tremendous run to the finals. Conely (145) the number two seed; defeated Smith of Toombs County, Sandoval of Brantley County, and Greene of Valdosta. Jones (170) out of the number three seed; defeated Cortez of Appling County, Flemming of East Laurens, Leary of Calvary Day, and Hodge of Ware County. Both seniors have placed at every individual tournament the Indians have participated. “I was dissatisfied with my finish today although the overall tournament performance was good. I need to forget it and get ready for the Area Tournament this coming weekend,” commented Jones. Conley added, “We both were looking for a better finish. But now it’s onto the Area, Sectional, and State Tournament series.” Coach James Ferry stated, “We had some guys disappointed today, but the overall outlook on the tournament was only positive. They added six quality teams and we moved up six places from last year. We also had twice as many medalists and put more kids in the tournament. We were only a couple of individual placings from finishing in the top five as a team. We have a lot to build on going into the Area tournament. This team has worked hard this year and we have traveled all over the state for competition. I am excited to watch them wrestled over the next three weeks. God bless and roll tribe.”
Cory Braddy and Tahjah Watts also placed, earning fifth place finishes each. Braddy (138) defeated four opponents in route to his finish. Watts (182) defeated four wrestlers to earn his placing as well. Others competing and scoring for Vidalia were Simon Minjarez, Markevious Mincey, Kaleb Matthews, Kyare Conaway, Quadir Harris, Alderreis Tillery, Tyriece Starks, Lawson Paradice, and Zack Edwards.
The Junior Varsity Indians also competed in the tournament. The JV Indians placed 26th, one place higher than McIntoch County Academy and only a few points behind Swainsboro, Montgomery County, and Toombs County Junior Varsity. Those scoring and competing for the JV Indians were; Joseph Renteria, Caiden White, Devante Sampson, Kahlil Jones, Chason Brogdon, Elijah Thornton, Azerian Wright, Austin Mazzeo, Kolby Hulett, and Joshua Henry. Follow and like us on Facebook at Vidalia Wrestling.