The Upson-Lee Knights wrestling team traveled to Mundy’s Mill High School on Friday to participate in the Tiger’s Invitational with 13 other teams from the Metro Atlanta area. Competing against Forest Park, Lovejoy, Drew, Mundy’s Mill, Mt. Zion, Spalding, Strong Rock Christian, North Clayton, Riverdale, Columbia, and New Manchester, the Knights placed second overall as a team just behind Forest Park and ahead of Drew High School.
In the tournament the Knights entered two teams consisting of varsity wrestlers and junior varsity wrestlers. The Knights have participated in two invitationals so far this season, and have placed second in both of those events. The Knights had 11 different wrestlers earn medals in the tournament, and had three wrestlers win their weight division.
“I am extremely proud of the way the guys competed in this tournament,” stated Knights head coach Craig Logan. “We went up against some bigger schools and really showed well. We were also able to defeat three region opponents in Riverdale, North Clayton, and Spalding. I feel like we really have a chance to do well in the Region Duals, which are coming up soon.”
Trevaun Collins, Kolby Schadenberg, and Nathaniel Bloodworth each finished in first place in their divisions. Freshman Trevaun Collins took home first place in the 106 pound weight class, while sophomore Kolby Schadenberg pinned the No. 1 seed in finals of the tournament to win the 126 pound weight class. Senior Nathaniel Bloodworth also won the 220 pound weight class, and now has a team best 12-1 record so far this season.
Josh Van Houten placed third in the 106 pound weight class, while Josh Draime also placed third in the 113 pound weight class. Tristan Fallin finished fourth in the 132 pound weight class advancing to the semi-finals in his weight class, while senior Deven Green placed third in perhaps one of the toughest weight classes in the 138 pound division.
Freshman Keyontae Robinson finished in fourth place in the 152 pound weight class, upsetting the No. 2 seed from New Manchester in the first round, while Junior Jacob Jackson advanced to the Finals in the 285 pound weight class and finished second, even though Jackson weighed-in at around 220 pounds.
The Knights were without their 195 pound starting wrestler, as Jacob Gross was in Macon competing in the Third Annual Middle Georgia All-Star Football Game. The Knights are now 5-2 this season in Team Duals, and Coach Logan expects the Knights to be a top 3 seed at the Region 4 Team Duals on Jan. 4. Upson-Lee will be hosting the Region 4 Team Duals for the first time in nearly five years.