By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
December 29, 2013
Led by state-championship hopeful Brandon Sutton, the Callaway High wrestling team came through with a strong showing in the Gary Silva Invitational on Saturday at Gardner Newman Middle School.
Sutton captured the championship in the 285-pound division, and that helped lift Callaway to a fourth-place finish in the team competition.
Smiths Station, which won seven of the 14 weight classes, took top honors with 192 points, followed by LaGrange (172 points), Northside-Columbus (122), Callaway (88.50), Carver (84), Bowdon (65), Chattahoochee County (57) and Langston Hughes (seven).
Six Callaway wrestlers ended up placing in the top four.
“We’re making strides,” Callaway coach Ben Bone said. “It took awhile for the guys to start believing what we were telling them. Hard works pay off, and we need to get at the right weight.”
Sutton got a late start on the season since he was a key member of the Callaway football team that made it to the state semifinals.
Sutton’s return to wrestling was further delayed when he participated in an all-star football game last weekend, but he was in fine form on Saturday.
Facing Northside’s Joe Goosby in the finals, Sutton claimed a hard-earned 3-0 victory.
A year ago, Sutton made it to the championship match before falling short.
Two other Callaway wrestlers finished second in their weight class on Saturday.
At 138 pounds, Dustin Holmes reached the finals where he lost to LaGrange’s Kyler Hall.
In the 160-pound weight class, Andrew Thomas made it to the finals and lost to Northside’s Noah Forehand.
Callaway got third-place finishes from Darian Watson (106 pounds) and Houston Jones (152 pounds), and Khaliq Swift (132 pounds) was fourth.