Multiple Teams · Wrestling Newsletter for Week of 1/11/2021 – 1/16/2021

Wrestling Newsletter for Week of 1/11/2021 – 1/16/2021

Last week was a great week for the Cartersville Wrestling Program!!!  Our Team gear finally came in and the guys and girls all looked great wearing it!!!  We competed at Alexander HS on Thursday and went 3-1 on the night, defeating Hiram (a region opponent), Central Carroll (the defending region champion from our old region that we had not beaten before), and Hampton in a (1-0) forfeit due to how late the event was lasting.  We were also able to pick up our first Traditional Tournament Championship at the Blue Devil Brawl @ Marietta HS!!!  This week we are hosting the GHSA Region 7-AAAAA Duals Championship Tournament and we have been able to pick up a new tri-match on Thursday, so please read the newsletter for information regarding our schedule this week.  If you have any questions, please email Coach Gayton at .  Thank you!

*Our Match on 1/20/2021 @ Chapel Hill has been CANCELLED!!!  We have decided to hold our Team Picture Day on 1/20/2021 instead.  We will be taking individual photos as well.  Everyone is expected to bring their singlet, team shorts, team shirt, team sweatpants, and team hoodie to the event.  Varsity team members will be expected to bring their team quarter zips as well (These will be issued this week).  Individual photos may be taken in any team gear or uniform combination you would like, even the Grey (Finals Singlets).  We will still practice afterwards until 6:15 that day, so bring some practice clothes too!!!  All wrestlers have been given an envelope from Tonsmeire Studios to order any Photo Packages you would like.  If you need another form, please let Coach Gayton know.


Congratulations to Daniel Pina and Camden Geer on being selected as a Holiday Hammer of the Week for Georgia by!!!

Link to for Hammer of the Week

Hammers are selected by their coaches, an opposing coach, or by me (SeWrestle). I prefer to choose as few as possible, but do pick a few when a state or area of a state is not participating. So what is a hammer? If this is your first time to the page please read the disclaimer … it is important to understand that the term has a broad definition.

Congrats to the young men and women that are recognized below for their contributions to their teams this past week.


Daniel is a first year wrestler who has worked very hard this season and earned his first Varsity win this week!!!


5-1 on the week and finished as Tournament Champion for first time in his Varsity Career.


Summary of Duals @ Alexander HS (1/7/2021)

We had a good night of duals at Alexander HS last Thursday 1/7/2021, as we went 3-1 on the evening and were able to defeat Central Carroll HS (#7 in AAAA), Hiram (a Region 7-AAAAA Opponent), and Hampton (in a 1-0 forfeit due to how late we were out that night).  We lost to Alexander HS (#4 in AAAAAA) but were able to get some great competition against last year’s State Runner-UP.  We will continue to work to improve and hopefully see our team get stronger each week!!!

From Daily-Tribune News Article

Cartersville finished 3-1 to place second in a five-team duals competition at Alexander. The Canes fell to the host Cougars (66-12) but defeated Hiram (64-12), Central of Carroll County (51-27) and Hampton (forfeit).

Neal and Shadre Hurst earned the only victories for the Canes against the hosts.

Against Hiram, which Cartersville could see again this coming week at the Region 7-AAAAA duals, Turner, Harris, Martinez, and Jackson Heilman all won via pin. Meanwhile, Rashun Hurst earned a major decision victory.

Neal, Jenkins, Rashun Hurst and Shadre Hurst each pinned their Central opponent. Alvarez added a win via major, and Turner won by technical fall.

Link to Article by South Georgia Matmen


#DailyRdp: 01/07 Duals


Summary of Blue Devil Brawl @ Marietta HS (1/9/2021)

Canes claim Blue Devil Brawl Championship 

Link to Article by Daily-Tribune News

Posted Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Cartersville wrestling program took home the title from the Blue Devil Brawl Saturday at Marietta High.

Thanks to four champions and five runner-up finishes, the Canes edged out the host Blue Devils by a 157.5-134.5 margin to win the seven-team event.

Eaiden Neal went 2-0 to win the 106-pound weight class; Giles Turner won all three of his matches to claim the crown at 132; Camden Greer took both of his matches to place first at 138; and Shadre Hurst, as the only entry in the 285 division, was awarded first place.

As for second-place finishers, Joshua Alvarez won twice before falling in the 126-pound finals. At 152, Brady Jenkins went 1-1 with a loss in the championship round. In a round-robin setup, Earl Harris (160) went 2-1 to finish second. Jairo Martinez wound up 1-1 at 182. Rashun Hurst (1-1 overall) narrowly came up short in what amounted to the 220 championship match.

Link to Article by South Georgia Matmen

#BDevil: ‘Canes Crowned as Champs

Link to Article on Bartow Sports Zone

Hurricanes win Blue Devil Brawl


The Cartersville wrestling team was back in action this past Thursday and Saturday at separate events as the Hurricanes make final preparations for the upcoming Region 7-AAAAA Duals Championship. Thursday the Canes went 3-1 and finished runner-up to host Alexander at a five-way dual-format meet in Douglasville. Then on Saturday, Cartersville picked up a traditional tournament championship at the Marietta High School Blue Devil Brawl. At the Alexander meet, the Hurricanes had wins over Central-Carroll (51-27), Hiram (64-12), and Hampton (1-0, forfeit). Their only loss came to the host Cougars, 66-12. Giles Turner (132), Earl Harris (160), Jackson Heilman (170), and Jairo Martinez (182) all had wins by pin in the duals match with Hiram. Rashun Hurst (220) won by major decision. Eaiden Neal (106), Daniel Pina (113), Brady Jenkins (160), Rashun Hurst (220), and Shadre Hurst (285) pinned their Central-Carroll opponents. Joshua Alvarez (126) won by major decision and Turner (132) won by technical fall. Neal (106) and Shadre Hurst (285) were the only Cartersville winners in the match with Alexander. They both won by pin.

Saturday at Marietta, Cartersville had four first place finishers, five to finish runner-up, and added a pair of third place winners on their way to 157.5 team points and the tournament title. Host Marietta finished second with 134.5 points. The Blue Devils were followed by Lassiter (88), and Sprayberry (57) in the seven-team event. Weight division winners for Cartersville included Camden Geer (138), Eaiden Neal (106), Giles Turner (132), and Shadre Hurst (285).

Second place Canes were Joshua Alvarez (126), Jairo Martinez (182), Earl Harris (160), Delroy Hurst (220), and Brady Jenkins (152).

Finishing third for Cartersville were Elora Waterman (106) and Jackson Heilman (170).

Cartersville will host the Region 7-AAAAA Duals Championship this Saturday, January 16 at the Storm Center. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.


Qualifying for Varsity Letter Update

Please read our Wrestling Program Handbook for the 3 different ways to earn your Varsity Letter Award for Wrestling.  Below is the current list of points earned towards Varsity Letter Criteria.  The target is 35 points to earn your letter:

2020-2021 Wrestling Program Handbook


Schedule for Week of 1/11/2021 – 1/16/2021 

Sunday 1/10/2021 – OFF

Monday 1/11/2021 – Practice 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday 1/12/2021 – Practice 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

*Girls Night @ Campbell – 6:00 PM Cancelled

Wednesday 1/13/2021 –  Practice 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Thursday 1/14/2021 –  Tri-Match @ River Ridge HS (Varsity / JV / Girls)

*Teams in Attendance: Cartersville, North Springs, River Ridge

*Parents can attend.  They have a cashless gate. Their tickets are through GoFan. It still has Etowah as one of the teams, but they are not coming so it’s the right link. They have 15% capacity. They should be good though, as their gym is pretty good size and can always pull out both sides of the bleachers if needed.

Link for Tickets:

-3:30 PM – Leave Class Early to Report to Storm Center and Load Bus for trip

-3:45 PM – Bus Leaves for River Ridge HS HS

Directions to River Ridge HS

-4:30 PM – Weigh-Ins

-5:00 PM – Tri-Match Starts

*There will only be one mat out as there are only three teams, and we are scheduled for the last two matches of the evening.

Schedule of Matches:

Round 1 – River Ridge vs. North Springs

Round 2 – Cartersville vs. North Springs


Round 3 – Cartersville vs. River Ridge

-We do not know what time we will be finished, but we will wrestle 2 duals.  We estimate time of finish to be 8:30 PM.  We will have the team call/text when we leave River Ridge HS headed home with an estimated time of arrival, but we expect it to be 9:15 PM.

Friday 1/15/2021 – Practice 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

*SET-UP for Region Duals – MANDATORY for ALL WRESTLERS!!!  After practice, we will be setting up our gym for the Region Tournament.  We have to put out the felt carpet in the Gym, move the mats out to the Gym Floor, tape the mats, set out the team chairs for duals, set up score tables, and mop the mats.  Once we get these things done the team will be dismissed.  It won’t take long if we all work together and get it done fast.  I would estimate 1-1.5 hours.  I will let the team know when to notify parents they are ready for pickup.  Parents are welcome to come and help set up if you would like to help speed things up.  I would estimate we will be ready for pick-up between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM.

Saturday 1/16/2021 – GHSA Wrestling Region 7-AAAAA Duals Championship

-Teams in attendance: Blessed Trinity, Calhoun, Cartersville, Cass, Hiram, and Woodland (Cartersville).

-Parents, if you could please send us a couple of cases of water, granola bars, cereal bars, bananas, oranges (cuties), and UnCrustables it would be greatly appreciated.  Anything you send has to be something that is individually wrapped that has to be opened to be eaten.  We really appreciate you taking care of our team!!!

-Fans will be allowed at this event.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

-7:30 AM – Meet @ CHS Storm Center

-8:00 AM – Weigh-Ins

-10:00 AM – Wrestling Starts

*After the Tournament is over, we will need ALL WRESTLERS TO STAY AND HELP BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING!!!  We will need to put up all the chairs and score tables, move mats to the room, and roll up the grey felt onto the carts.  Once we finish that, the team will be dismissed to leave.

This event will be livestreamed on NFHS Network.  Below is the link:

Link for NFHS Network Livestream



If you have any questions, please email Coach Gayton at

If you have an emergency and need to contact Coach Gayton by cell, please call or text 770-286-0777.


We are VERY excited about our 2020-2021 Wrestling Season!!!!  Please be aware that things may change on a day-by-day basis with the COVID issues.  We need to stay flexible as a group.  Coach Gayton will notify everyone of changes as soon as possible when they occur.  Let’s try to stay focused on the things we can control, and not get too upset at the things we cannot.  Thank you all for reading the newsletter and let’s have a GREAT WEEK!  GO CANES!!!