LCHS wrestling shines on Senior Night

  • Jeremy Morales squeezes his opponent to try to get his shoulders to the mat during Lumpkin’s home dual versus Rabun Gap on T
    Jeremy Morales squeezes his opponent to try to get his shoulders to the mat during Lumpkin’s home dual versus Rabun Gap on T

The LCHS varsity wrestling team put on an exciting and dominant performance when the Indians hosted Rabun Gap at the Tribe House for Senior Night on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Under dimmed lights with the spotlight directed at the center mat in the Tribe House, the Indians handed Rabun Gap a decisive 71-6 defeat.
Sophomore Colton Foster got the dual started at the 152 weight class with a second round win by pin to give the Indians an early lead.
Things didn’t get any easier for Rabun Gap, as they had to face Lumpkin’s murderer’s row of Nolan Wheeler, Levi Seabolt and Sam Irwin.
Defending two-time State Champion and senior  Wheeler (160) came out to a huge cheer from the Lumpkin faithful and delivered a crowd pleasing first round win by pin. Wheeler dominated his Rabun Gap opponent from the first whistle and easily got him onto his shoulders for the pin.
Seabolt (170), who seems poised to make a push for a State Champion title in his senior season, followed Wheeler’s performance by earning an 11-9 win by decision. Seabolt went into the match with high-energy and overpowered his opponent to build a substantial first period advantage. However, Seabolt’s asthma got the better of him in the second period and his Rabun Gap opponent took advantage of the situation to tighten the gap between the two wrestlers. In the end, Seabolt powered through and pulled out some late points to earn the 11-9 victory.
Defending State Champion and senior Irwin (182) kept the wins coming for Lumpkin with a quick first round win by pin versus his Rabun Gap opponent. In his signature no-holds-barred style, Irwin overpowered and outwitted his opponent. Irwin finally nailed the move he was setting up midway through the first period and flipped his opponent onto his shoulders for the pin.
After a win by forfeit, the Indians continued to showcase their brand of mayhem on the mats when senior Ethan Kline (220) wrestled up and pinned his Rabun Gap opponent in the second period.
Freshman Hernon Macedo (285) earned a win by forfeit before sophomore Jeremy Morales (106) put on an impressive performance to earn a major decision win by a final score of 16-0.
Freshman Wyatt Thompson (113) delivered a first period win by pin which caused uproarious applause from the Lumpkin fans.
Junior Trevor Disheroon (120) followed with a win by forfeit and freshman TJ Payne (126) followed with a first period win by pin.
Sophomore Jack Irwin (132) encountered a tough match after a strong start, but prevailed with a 10-8 win by decision.
The dual concluded with junior Jeremiah Holmes (138) earning and win by pin in the second period and junior Trevor Coryell (145) earning a win by forfeit.
The Senior Night performance proved to be a dominant one as the Indians emerged victorious 71-6.
At press time, the LCHS varsity wrestling team was set to travel to Lassiter High School for the Trojan Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 21. No official results were available.
The LCHS varsity wrestling team will get back on the mats when they participate in the Calhoun New Years Duals at Calhoun High School on Saturday, Dec. 28. Wrestling is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.