Tennessee power McCallie wins Walton Duals
by Carlton D. White
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Walton’s Jacob Murphy, right, gets locked up with McCallie’s Adam Connell at Saturday’s Walton Duals. Connell’s team from Tennessee won the event.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Walton’s Jacob Murphy, right, gets locked up with McCallie’s Adam Connell at Saturday’s Walton Duals. Connell’s team from Tennessee won the event.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
MARIETTA — McCallie, a wrestling power from Chattanooga, Tenn., won the Walton Duals on Saturday after beating Creekview 51-23 in the championship round.

The Blue Tornado went 4-0 in their pool with victories over Allatoona (53-14), Loganville (71-10), Walton (45-25) and Dunwoody (65-9).

McCallie took a 21-6 lead over Creekview in the final, only to see it shrink to 21-18 midway through the match. The Grizzlies, however, could not get any closer.

The Blue Tornado won the next two weight classes via pin and forfeit to move ahead 33-18 before Creekview’s Bryce Davis earned a 16-0 technical fall to pull the Grizzlies within 10.

But McCallie closed out the match with four straight victories — including two pins — to earn the 18-point triumph. Creekview forfeited two weight classes.

“Our guys came prepared,” Creekview coach Wyatt Wilkie said. “It was good to see some tough competition. Now, we know where we need to start Monday. It’s back to the drawing board. Keep pushing ourselves and keep trying to reach our goals.”

Tournament host Walton went 3-1 in pool play with victories over Dunwoody (52-24), Allatoona (41-33) and Loganville (51-24). That set the Raiders up for a battle with Woodland-Bartow in the third-place match, which the Wildcats won 58-21.

Woodland finished 3-1 in its pool after beating Mill Creek (67-7), Holy Innocents (60-9) and Oak Mountain (Ala.) (54-20). It dropped a 34-33 decision to Creekview on a tiebreak.

Walton tied Woodland 12-all early in the third-place match, but the Wildcats moved ahead to stake a 34-12 margin midway through. Walton won the next two bouts to narrow the gap to 34-21, but Woodland won the final four contests, including two forfeits at 126 and 132 pounds.

Walton’s Chandler Deaver won a decision at 106, while Jacob Murphy earned an injury default at 145. Mason Kane won via pin at 160, as did heavyweight George Humphreys.

“I am very proud of every one of my guys,” Walton coach Pete Murphy said. “They’ve really been working hard. They’re listening well, and it’s starting to click. They’re helping each other out and are really putting it together as a team, so I couldn’t be prouder of them now.”

Deaver, Kane and Humphreys all went 5-0 at the Duals. Jacob Murphy finished 4-1 after losing a close 3-1 bout to McCallie’s Adam Connell.

“Connell is a two-time state champion from Tennessee, so that was a wonderful match to watch,” Pete Murphy said of watching his son wrestle Connell. “All four of those guys are really doing well. Deaver is a freshman stepping up and taking over that 106 spot, and (he is) really listening and improving every day. Mason Kane has come light years from where he started as a wrestler, and George Humphreys is doing what he should be doing right now. He had a good summer this year with Team Georgia.

“They’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing right now. I’m very pleased with them and I’m looking forward to more good matches for them.”

Allatoona beat Oak Mountain 51-21 to place fifth. The Buccaneers, who went 2-2 in pool play, opened up an 18-0 lead against Oak Mountain that extended it to 36-6 before the rout was on.

Jack Woods (138), Erik Vermette (145), Chris Valentine (152), Jacob Robinson (160), Chrishawn Mitchell (182), Caleb Gibbs (195), Alex Valentine (220), Harrison Kemp (106), Cody Anderson (120) and Ethan Benedict (132) won for Allatoona against Oak Mountain.

“I’m not happy with our performance (Saturday),” Allatoona coach Joe Lanier said. “We had a lot of junior varsity kids in the lineup, and even our veterans in the first couple of matches didn’t take care of business and score bonus points like they should. I was pleased with half of our team, and not pleased with the other half.”

Holy Innocents’ beat Dunwoody for seventh place, while Loganville and Mill Creek tied for ninth.

Pete Murphy was excited about the turnout for this year’s tournament, the 15th edition.

“I think we had another great day of competition,” he said. “I think every team had some wrestlers that weren’t on weight or were banged-up, so they’re trying to substitute and move people around and so forth. McCallie showed their depth, though. They’re a class program. Creekview and Woodland was a great dual in there, too, so I think it was a fantastic day of competition.”

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