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Putnam Middle School wrestlers win seven medals

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Pin Down Cancer is an annual middle school invitational that not only brings together the best middle school teams in the state, but is also open to unattached individuals (club teams) who are looking for tough competition. 

The tournament donates the $300 entry fee to which goes to research for kids fighting cancer. 

Putnam County Middle School wrestlers were up to the task on Dec. 21 and entered nine wrestlers into the 10th annual tournament hosted by Ola High School.  Of the nine wrestlers, seven of them were able to reach the medal stand. 

Mark Winslette (137) won his weight class and stood atop the podium.  Coach Brad Snowden summarized Mark’s performance as “gritty and determined.” Winslette was able to overcome a 10-point deficit by pinning his opponent in the finals. 

 “That’s the greatest thing about wrestling: You can be losing by 14 points and still pin your opponent to win the match,” Snowden said.

Other wrestlers capturing medals included:  Preston Guthrie (95) runner-up, Rhimiair Johnson (177) runner-up, Tristian Lower (197) runner-up, Riley Webb (215) runner-up, Megan Goss (285) runner-up and Andrew McDonald (127) fourth place.  

After the tournament, coach Joe Hutsell was ecstatic with the results. 

“To place seven wrestlers in such a tough tournament really shows improvement,” Hutsell said. “We as a program have only been wrestling for eight weeks. This is a great measuring stick and really shows that our kids are working hard and learning the sport.” 

Next up for the middle school, the War Eagles will compete at the Peach State duals on Jan 10 and the Peach State Individual tournament on Jan 18.