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Junior Duals

By Georgia Grappler, 06/19/21, 12:00PM AKDT


See how Team Georgia did at the Junior Duals- picture by Donovan Panone

Team Georgia Results at Junior Duals


On day 1 of the Greco Junior Duals, Team Georgia would squeak by Indiana (36-33) and Iowa (34-33) to set up a pool finals match with perennial powerhouse Illinois.  Against Indiana, Team Georgia jumped out to an early 20-3 lead behind wins from DiTomasso, Westbrook, Thiel, Panone, and Kilic.  Indiana would win 3 straight matches before Matthew Singleton scored a tech fall, making the score 26-14.  Indiana would pull to within 3 points heading into the last four matches, where both teams had 2 forfeits.  In the pool semifinals against Iowa, the teams went back and forth in the first 3 matches, with Iowa leading 8-5 after 138.  Team Georgia would then pick up five straight wins to go up 24-11.  Iowa would pull to within 6 (25-19) heading into 285, where Chase Horne picked up a 7-0 decision making the score 28-19.  Riley McElligot would receive a forfeit at 100lbs and Team Georgia would forfeit 106 and 113 making the score 33-29 heading into the last match.  Iowa needed a shutout TF or a pin in the final match to win the dual, but they were only able to secure a 22-10 TF making the final score 34-33.  Team Georgia would get wins from David Panone and Zyan Hall in the pool finals against Illinois, losing 59-10.  Iowa was able to finish 3rd in the pool, so there wasnt a true 2nd match, and Team Georgia advanced to the round robin Gold/Silver Pool for Day 2.  The first match of Day 2 against Oklahoma was a rough one, losing 57-9, with Singleton the only Georgia wrestler to win his match.  Match 2 against Wisconsin started at 160lbs, and saw Team Georgia trailing 29-19 after the first 11 matches.  However, decisions by Austin Theil and David Panone and a TF by Michael Kilic gave Wisconsin a 31-29 leading heading into the last match of the dual.  Wisconsin would forfeit 152 to Jake Piccirilli and Team Georgia would win 34-31.  Match 3 was another nailbiter, this time against California.  Starting at 170, Team Georgia jumped out to a 17-5 lead after 5 matches.  California would come storming back , winning the next 5 matches to grab a 26-19 lead with 5 matches to go.  Thiel, Panone, and Kilic would once again come up huge, with all 3 picking up wins. Jarrod Pominville would lose 10-6 at 152 giving California the lead 31-30 heading into the last match.  In the final matcher, Gunner Filipowicz jumped out to an early 8-1 lead, but surrendered 8 points right before the break to trail 9-8.  Filipowicz would then surrender 4 points early in the 2nd period to trail 13-8 with a little over 2 minutes to go.  With 1:20 to go, Filipowicz was able to hit a 4 point throw, and picked up a caution and 2 to take the lead 14-13.  After a brief injury time, he would hold off his opponent and Team Georgia would win the dual 33-32.  Match 4 was once again against Illinois, this time Georgia was able to pick up 3 wins, but still fell 48-19.  The final match of the tournament saw Team Georgia fall 53-11 against Minnesota, with  Westbrook, Panone, and Kilic picking up wins.  All in all, the team finished with a 4-4 record, which was good enough for an overall 4th place finish in Junior Greco.

Team Georgia Results at Junior Duals


Georgia entered 2 teams in the Freestyle portion of the event, Team Georgia Red would finish 2-6 for the tournament with wins over South Carolina and California Blue.

Team Georgia Blue would start things off with a 55-6 dismantling of North Dakota Red.  Every member of Team Georgia won or received a forfeit.   In the pool semifinals, Georgia would face off against New Jersey.  Team Georgia could only muster 6 wins in the 15 matches and would fall 41-25, dropping them into the consolation bracket.  Georgia would defeat California Blue 52-14 in the conso semis, setting up a match with Oklahoma Blue for 3rd place in the pool.  Oklahoma picked up 2 forfeits to start the dual, and then traded wins with Georgia over the next 4 matches, giving Oklahoma a 19-8 lead after 6 matches.  Georgia would then go on to win the next 8 matches, 7 of them by tech fall, before dropping the final bout of the dual.  Team Georgia would win 39-26, but with New Jersey falling to Illinois in the pool finals, Georgia had to settle for the Bronze/Copper pool.  In Day 2 action, Georgia would steam roll Tennessee 51-12, Kansas 48-20, and Minnesota Red 43-21 to advance to the Bronze/Copper Pool Finals against Oklahoma, again.  That match went the same way the first match did, with Team Georgia picking up 8 wins in a row from 145-285, winning the match 39-27.  Winning the Bronze/Copper pool essential gives Team Georgia an overall finish of 9th place in Freestyle.