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Callaway wrestlers get win on senior day

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

Callaway’s Andrew Thomas and Brandon Boddie, two of the team’s seniors, work out during a recent practice. The seniors were honored before Tuesday’s home match against Columbus. Callaway won the match 42-36. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_CHS-wrestle.jpgCallaway’s Andrew Thomas and Brandon Boddie, two of the team’s seniors, work out during a recent practice. The seniors were honored before Tuesday’s home match against Columbus. Callaway won the match 42-36. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

HOGANSVILLE – It was a winning senior day for the Callaway High wrestling team.

Facing Columbus High on Tuesday, Callaway secured a 42-36 victory, making sure the team’s four seniors went out as winners in their final home matches.

Callaway’s seniors are Gabriel Liranzo, Andrew Thomas, Nick Trammell and Brandon Boddie.

Callaway head coach Josh Ghobadpoor said it was a much-needed win.

Callaway has had plenty of success in traditional-format tournaments, but it has struggled in dual matches because of a lack of depth.

“Our guys have been battling all year long and losing a lot of close duals, so it was great for us to go out and have a great performance at home and win in front of our home crowd,” Ghobadpoor said.

Three of the seniors, Liranzo, Thomas and Boddie, were each victorious.

Liranzo won by pin at 160 pounds, and Thomas secured the team victory by getting a pin at 170 pounds.

Boddie, who has made tremendous strides in his first season as a wrestler, won by forfeit because his opponent from Columbus didn’t make weight.

Boddie did wrestle an exhibition match, though, and he won 12-7.

Justin Kiss, who is having a phenomenal sophomore season, earned a pin in the third period.

One of the night’s top highlights was delivered by Hayden Taylor at 126 pounds.

Taylor had only won one match all season, but he pinned his opponent from Columbus in just 12 seconds.

“As a staff we had to control ourselves because he has lost a lot of winnable matches because of a lack of mat time and experience and he showed up tonight with confidence and got the W,” Ghobadpoor said. “You could look at any one match being the difference in winning and losing the dual, but that match got everyone fired up.”

Next up for Callaway will be the county championship on Wednesday at Troup High.

After that, Callaway will turn its attention to the Area 5-AAA traditional-format tournament, where individual wrestlers will have an opportunity to qualify for state.

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