Written by Coach Travis Elrod:
The Jackson High School wrestling team traveled to Monticello to participate in the Hurricane Duals tournament over the weekend. Going into the tournament, the Red Devils held a record of 4-2 and 1-0 in region with highlight wins over rival Mary Persons, by a score of 49-24, and region foe Central Macon, also by the score of 49-24. The Jackson team traveling to the tournament was missing a few key pieces due various reasons, meaning they would have to overcome the obstacle of giving up forfeit points, unlike previous matches, but the student athletes competing were ready to stand up to the challenge. The Red Devil Wrestling team showed flashes of their potential with key wins over region opponent Rutland, rival Mary Persons, nearby foe Strong Rock, and tournament runner-up Jones County. The win over Jones County proved to be costly as freshman, 182 pounder Drake Goulden, suffered an injury in a gutsy come-from-behind victory that will sideline him for the foreseeable future, leaving another void in the Red Devil lineup. The injury to Goulden stole the momentum from Jackson as they dropped their final 4 bouts to Veterans, Monticello, Warner Robins and Baldwin, and finished with a 4-5 record at the dual tournament. Highlights from the weekend include team captains Bailey Turner (junior, 160 pounds), and Dalton Loveless (senior, 138 pounds) finishing second and third place respectively in their weight classes. Sophomore Donovan Nichols showed a lot of heart as he had big wins throughout the tournament, despite a nagging injury, at 132 pounds. Freshman Clayton Hixon continues to impress at the heavyweight class as he came up big in clutch moments several times to help seal team victories. Junior Savannah Miles made history for the Jackson High School wrestling program by being the first female to record a varsity victory when she pinned her opponent from Jones County in the final seconds of the first period in the 106 pound weight class. The Red Devils now stand with a record of 8-7, 2-0 in region, and will travel to Mount De Sales Academy in Macon to do battle with the Cavaliers and Rutland High School Wednesday, December 12th.