Johnson-Williams wrestlers traveled Warren County Middle School to wrestle in the second annual Warren County Middle School Invitational last Saturday. The Cougars faced two hundred and forty wrestlers from eight teams and two states; some from as far away as Richmond. Fourteen cougars found victories during the day with Brian Wallace taking first place at 130 pounds, Robert Pryor taking second place at 75 pounds, Bayne Gordon took third place at 85 pounds, and Andrew DeSantis secured forth at 130 pounds.
Last night the Cougar wrestlers returned to Warren County MS for a dual match. Bayne Gordon found the night’s first win by ripping a 19-2 technical fall ending the match early in the second period. Craig Genda and Colton Botts followed Gordon’s lead with pins in both of their matches, and Ian Dors scored a decision in his match. After a few losses, Joey Mainello and Brian Wallace brought the cougars back into the lead; the J-WMS crowd came to their feet in a roar when Hunter Fiddler found his first win of the season pinning his opponent only seconds after the start of his match. Fiddler’s pin ensured the Cougars a head-to-head win; the Cougars won seven of the thirteen matches wrestled last night by a score of 38-36 before forfeits factored in. Unfortunately at the end of the evening, after forfeits at unfilled weights the scoreboard read 38-72, but the team had a sense of accomplishment for their head-to-head effort.