Pope’s perfection grows at Walton
by Carlton D. White
cwhite@mdjonline.com
December 02, 2012 01:35 AM | 3150 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pope’s Davis Burson, left, gets a hold of Creekview’s Austin Collett at 145 pounds during the second match of Saturday’s Walton Duals.
<Br>Staff photo by Emily Barnes
Pope’s Davis Burson, left, gets a hold of Creekview’s Austin Collett at 145 pounds during the second match of Saturday’s Walton Duals.
Staff photo by Emily Barnes
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MARIETTA — Pope won its third consecutive Walton Duals championship after defeating Loganville 63-12 in the championship round Saturday.

The Greyhounds, who were making their 10th appearance at the event, trailed 12-9 in the final before outscoring the Red Devils 54-0 down the stretch.

With the victory, Pope improved to 9-0 in dual matches this season. It went 4-0 to win the Hillgrove Duals, then topped Alabama powerhouse Thompson 40-19 earlier in the week.

The Greyhounds finished 4-0 at Walton, beating Dunwoody (66-15), Creekview (52-16) and McEachern (59-12) in pool play before getting the win over Loganville.

While Pope appears to already be in midseason form, coach Jim Haskin doesn’t see it that way.

“We’ve had some good results so far with winning at Hillgrove and beating Thompson, and then here,” he said. “That’s great, but we still don’t have guys at the right weight, and we haven’t wrestled a dual match with our complete team yet.

“What this really shows is that you can give kudos to our overall depth, which is what any team needs to be successful. Fortunately, we have that here and the kids are responding.”

Tyler McCance helped Loganville grab the early lead with a pin at 138 pounds. Pope’s Davis Burson won via forfeit at 145 to even things up, and Colton Lombardy earned a decision at 152 to put the Greyhounds in front by three.

Caleb King answered with a pin at 160 to give Loganville the lead with its final points of the match, as Jake Henson’s pin at 170 pounds ignited the 54-0 run. Billy Meek (182), Brooks Climmons (195), and Joey Tabachino (220) each registered six-point pins.

Taylor Howard won via forfeit at 285. Josh Tazzata pinned his opponent at 106 and Sam Skinner earned a major decision at 113 to give the Greyhounds a 48-12 advantage.

Preston Markwell (120) and Tyler Haskin (126) each earned pins and T.J. Collins (132) finished things off with a decision in the final bout.

“There’s always good competition at these duals, and that’s why we keep coming back,” Haskin said. “We also enjoy getting a chance to see some of the competition in our classification here. We had matches against Creekview and Loganville, and those are good teams that will factor into the race late in the season. We get to get an early look at them before state.”

Creekview was third after beating Allatoona 55-22, and McEachern topped Walton 42-29 for fifth place. Mill Creek beat Dunwoody 42-27 for seventh place.

Allatoona beat Mill Creek (38-31) and Walton (42-25), but lost to Loganville (36-33) in pool play. The Buccaneers, who went 2-2 on the day and are 8-4 overall, trailed Creekview 55-0 through 10 bouts before picking up victories in the final four.

Ethan Benedict (113) earned a major decision to get things going. Alison McGuire earned a forfeit victory at 120, while Jack Woods collected a pin at 126. Logan Southard (132) also won via forfeit.

“To get fourth here is a good accomplishment for us,” Allatoona coach Joe Lanier said. “We had some junior varsity guys in there wrestling, and bumped some other guys up in weight because we have guys missing at 106, 160, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

“We’re still waiting on getting some of the football players to help fill out the roster, but right now, guys are getting it down. These are guys getting some experience and earning some points for the team. They can get a varsity letter at the end of the season, and I get to see what they have right now.”

McEachern (8-5) owned a 66-6 win over Dunwoody in pool play before topping Walton 42-29 for fifth.

Ethan Still (120), Kyle Munn (138), Tyri Brown (170), Jesse Towne (182) and Jawon Jones (192) all had pins for the Indians. Tim Noble (126) and Zach Murphy (132) each won via forfeit.

“We’re definitely not where we need to be right now,” McEachern coach Ben Hamburg said, “but I think we’re heading in the right direction. We’re young right now, but above .500 in duals, so I feel good where we’re at.”

Walton (5-5) beat Mill Creek 43-24 and lost to Loganville 49-27 en route to a 1-3 record at the meet.

Ryan LaBan (145), McKay Madsen (152) and Mason Kane (160) earned pins for the Raiders. George Humphreys won via forfeit at heavyweight and Luke Hendon picked up a technical fall at 220.

“That’s the fun part of holding this event, and that’s why it’s been successful,” Walton coach Pete Murphy said. “It’s about having good teams and good people and good coaches come together to see what their kids can do. That’s why we get together. It’s like a status check where everybody gets to see what they’re working with.

“It’s early for us. We’re young at several weight classes, but the kids are working hard. It’s fun to see them grow and improve.”
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December 02, 2012
Good Job Indians!! So proud of all of you as you rebuild your program!!
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