Callaway wrestling team holds it own

Published 7:17 pm Thursday, January 19, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry

Earlier this season, Callaway wrestling coach Josh Ghobadpoor watched his team lose in one-sided fashion to LaGrange.

In the rematch, LaGrange still won, but it was considerably more competitive, and Ghobadpoor was proud of the effort each of his wrestlers gave in that match, and against Troup in Tuesday’s county championship.

“I was really proud of my wrestlers, and the toughness they brought to it,” Ghobadpoor said. “We knew there were two good teams, and I was thrilled with how we wrestled. We wrestled  LaGrange earlier in the year, and we only scored maybe 12 points. And then we lost 48-30, and we gave up 18 points in forfeits. So, I’m very happy with how our guys performed. We won some matches we lost earlier in the year.”

Callaway also picked up a pair of wins and competed well against a strong Troup team.

“We wrestled Troup pretty tough,” Ghobadpoor said. “To us, they’re like a world-beater at the moment. But we went out, and we won a couple of matches.”

In the LaGrange match, LaGrange got wins, all by pin, from Ken Wilson, JabbariFisher, Khaliq Swift, Jason Freiberg and Matthew Wingate.

While he came up short, Ghobadpoor said Jason Price held his own at 182 pounds in a 3-2 loss.

“It was a fantastic match,” Ghobadpoor said.

Against Troup, Callaway’s winners were Swift and Freiberg.

Callaway will compete in a tournament at Bowdon this weekend, and then the following week it’ll be time for the traditional area tournament.

“Hopefully we peak at the right time, and get everybody where they need to be,” Ghobadpoor said.