Callaway’s wrestlers competed nicely with LaGrange and Troup during Tuesday’s county championship.
Problem was, Callaway didn’t have enough wrestlers to fill out the lineup, not even close really.
The Cavaliers left five weight classes unfilled, and those five forfeits resulted in a loss of 30 points, meaning they had no real shot at beating their county rivals.
That’s been a way of life for the Cavaliers this season, who have a solid core of wrestlers, but have struggled in dual matches because of the forfeits.
The Cavaliers have moved past the dual-match portion of their schedule, though, so it’s all about the individuals from here on out.
Callaway will compete in the Last Man Standing tournament this weekend at Luella High School in Locust Grove.
That tournament will serve as a tune-up for the Area 4-AAA traditional tournament that will be held on Jan 31 and Feb. 1 at Central-Carroll.
At the area tournament, the top four finishers in each weight class will qualify for the state sectionals.
Callaway has a handful of wrestlers hopeful of making an impact on the state level, including 285-pounder Brandon Sutton, a state placer from a year ago.
Callaway coach Ben Bone said Sutton is ready for the stretch run.
“Brandon, he’s actually in better shape this year than he was last year,” Bone said.
Other standouts for Callaway include Dustin Holmes, Andrew Thomas and David McClendon, who each won matches on Tuesday.
“The guy I’ve been really happy with is our sophomore, Andrew Thomas,” Bone said. “He won both his matches (on Tuesday).”
Another Callaway wrestler who had been doing well early in the season, Houston Jones, likely won’t be available the rest of the year because of an injury.
“He was doing really well, and he tore a ligament in his thumb,” Bone said. “The recovery time isn’t going to allow him to wrestle.”
Also this weekend, Troup will be competing in the Blue Devil Brawl at Marietta High School, and LaGrange will be participating in the Bowdon Invitational.
LaGrange and Troup are both gearing up for the Area 5-AAAA traditional tournament that will be held in Carrollton on Feb. 1.