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Wildcat wrestlers place sixth at Rebel Invitational
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Richmond Hill High School sophomore Ethan Wampler won the 112-pound title on Saturday at the Rebel Invitational at Effingham County High School. The Wildcats placed sixth out of 18 teams at the event. - photo by Provided

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This past weekend the Wildcat wrestling team participated in an 18-team invitational tournament at Effingham County High School. 

The action began Friday night and the red hot Wildcats, just coming off a second-place finish at the Atom Smasher Duals the weekend before, won 14 matches before heading back home around midnight only to return by 8:15 the next morning. 

Saturday proved to be challenging for some of the Wildcats but overall the team, led by senior Michael Early, showed tremendous resilience by placing five out of 10 wrestlers.  Freshman phenoms Zachery Bringer, 125 pounds, and Zachery Perez, 130 pounds, both earned fourth place and combined for six wins between the two of them. 

Sophomore transfer Kyle Pierce, 135 pounds, rolled into third place with a 4-1 record for the weekend. 

Senior captain Michael Early, 152 pounds, shockingly lost his second match of the tournament, but displayed an awesome amount of leadership, character and resiliency as he won the next three matches to claim third place in one of the tournaments toughest brackets. 

The Wildcats’ lone champion was sophomore Ethan Wampler at 112 pounds. Wampler improved his record to 12-0 for the year as he downed his opponent from Centennial High School, an Atlanta-area powerhouse school. 

Wampler dominated his championship match from start to finish by beating his opponent 16-8 and taking home the first place medal.  The Wildcats placed sixth out of 18 teams, right behind new rival Benedictine, a team they will face in two dual meets later in the season, the first on Jan. 18 at Benedictine and second at home Feb. 1.

 The Wildcats Wrestling team has their eyes set on the state wrestling tournament in early January.



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