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Colonels host and win the Guerrilla Warfare Duals

Jake Crapps

The Cass wrestling team hosted and won the 2022 Guerrilla Warfare Duals Friday with wins over Villa Rica (63-18), Cedartown (60-18), North Paulding (43-29), and Ola (42-29), and an individual winner-take-all championship bout between two of the top 120-pound competitors in the state.

During the four preliminary round duals, Jake Crapps, wrestling in either the 126-pound weight class or 132-pounds, pinned all four of his opponents. Tyler McKnight (144) also went 4-0 with three wins by pinfall.

Lee Camp (106) was 3-0 with all three wins by pin. Alex Castenado (113) and Zach McKnight (165/175) both completed the day with 3-0 marks. Jayden Taylor (120) and Kriecg Roe (157) won both of their bouts. Alan Oliver (138) pinned his opponent in his only bout of the day.

Tyler McKnight

Other top performances for the Colonels included Eli Doolittle (150/157), who finished the day 3-1 with all three of the wins by pinfall. Parker Dunn (190) finished 3-1 with one pin and Tanner Toups (138) was 2-1 with a pair of pins.

With both Cass and Rockmart finishing 4-0 in their respective pools, the championship was going to be a rematch of a dual competition from earlier in the season.

In lieu of that repeat, coach Drew Lindsey of Rockmart and coach D.L. Koontz of Cass agreed to do a one-bout, winner-take-all between Jake Crapps of Cass and TK Davis of Rockmart.

Both wrestlers are defending state champions and both have received national accolades in the 120-pound weight class.

The match was not only dramatic, but it did not disappoint as the two individuals took on the weight of the tournament championship for their respective teams.

Davis led 5-3 after the first period but Crapps caught up in the second period to knot the score at 6-6. An exciting third period saw the two grapplers still knotted at 8-8, so they proceeded to a one-minute, sudden-death overtime period.

In the OT, Crapps managed to takedown Davis and clinched the win for the Colonels.

Friday evening, Koontz shared his thoughts on the individual final. “With region tournaments coming next weekend, these two studs put on a heck of a show. They put all the pressure on themselves for their teams and showed all those in attendance why they are two of the top wrestlers the state of Georgia has to offer.”

The overall final team standings had Cass on top followed by Rockmart, Mt. Pisgah, Ola, North Paulding, and Cartersville.

Next Saturday, January 7, Cartersville High School will host the Region 7-5A Duals Championship. That tournament will include Cartersville, Woodland, and Cass along with Dalton, Hiram, and Calhoun.

Also next Saturday, Adairsville will be in competition in the Area 5 Duals at Bremen High School. That tournament includes Adairsville, Bremen, Carver-Atlanta, Cedar Grove, Douglas-Atlanta, and Sandy Creek.


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