The Richmond Hill Middle School wrestling team finished the season on top.
The Wildcats competed for the Coastal Empire Region Traditional Championship on Jan. 19. The competition was tough and the quality of wrestling in the region was apparent. Richmond Hill was able to hold on and take the team title.
Ebenezer Middle school finished as the runner-up for the region title.
The Wildcats had nine wrestlers take gold, four silver and two bronze for a total of 15 medals.
This year RHMS Wildcats team went 11-0 in duals and won every tournament that they entered. The team ended the year as Wildcat Open Champions, Toombs Bullpup Duals Champions, Coastal Empire Region Duals Champions and now Coastal Empire Region Traditional Champions.
“I want to thank Dr. McGrath for allowing me to start this program, Dr. Bennett for fighting to establish wrestling as a region sport, Bryan County School Board for giving us the resources to reach our full potential, and the parents for everything that they have done throughout the year to support Richmond Hill Middle School Wrestling,” said Patrick Welch, head wrestling coach at Richmond Hill Middle School.
The program has been successful over the years, but this year was different. The Wildcats had three wrestlers finish the season undefeated: Colin Dragon, Roman Slaughter and William Smith.
Dragon has been undefeated for the past two seasons. Several Wildcats finished the season with only one loss on their record.