Cartersville Hosts Colonel Harvey Robinson Hurricane Duals
Armuchee wrestlers won the Col. Harvey Robinson Duals hosted by Cartersville on Tuesday at the school.
The Indians went 5-0 during the day while Pickens County finished second with a 4-1 record and Rockmart earned the third-place finish at 3-2.
The duals drew seven teams with 14 wrestlers each for a total of 98 competitors.
Other schools competing in the event were Southeast Whitfield, Calhoun, Cartersville and Chattooga County.
Also, the Cartersville Middle School wrestling team won its competition, which featured four middle schools.
Garvin Edwards, Cartersville head wrestling coach, said the Hurricane Duals went smoothly and allowed a lot of wrestlers to get mat time.
“At this time of the year that’s what important,” Edwards said. “Coaches don’t want their teams to be first in November. They want them to be first in February.”
Edwards said some of Cartersville’s wrestlers — like their counterparts at Calhoun — are still involved in football and didn’t get experience on the mat Tuesday.
Still, he said, three individual wrestlers turned in quality performances for Cartersville.
“Robby Earick was 5-0 on the day with one pin,” he said. “Jonathan De La Cruz went 4-1 with two pins and Ryan Hardesty was 3-2 with three pins.”
Earick competed in the 132-pound classification while Hardesty was in the 285-pound classification. De La Cruz competed in the 220-pound classification.
“We have a few bright spots,” Edwards added. “We’re in kind of a holding pattern as far as our football players not being here. But it’s not just us that has that problem. Calhoun is still in the state playoffs, too.”
He said Cartersville competed hard at the tournament.
“We are proud of the effort the kids gave, and everyone seemed pleased with how well the tournament went.
“We got a lot of wrestling in.”
He noted Cartersville Middle won their tournament with a 3-0 record.
“They did well,” he added.
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