Local wrestlers win titles

Published 4:04 pm Saturday, December 30, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry


LaGrange’s Dexter Fitzpatrick and Callaway’s Justin Kiss each walked away with championships on Friday during the Gary Silva Invitational at Gardner Newman Middle School.

Overall, 14 combined wrestlers from Callaway and LaGrange placed during the tournament that featured 11 teams.

Oxford (Ala.) rolled to the team title, and Heard County, LaGrange, Pike County and Whitewater rounded out the top five.

Callaway finished seventh.

Kiss, in winning his second tournament of the year, took the top spot in the 113-pound weight class with a 4-2 win over Chase Hicks of Oxford.

Fitzpatrick went 3-0 at 195 pounds to capture the championship, and he beat Sam Brown of Heard County in the title match.

Seven other LaGrange wrestlers finished fourth or higher to place and earn a medal.

Finishing second for LaGrange were Demetrius Dean (152 pounds) and John Arthur (160 pounds).

Lane Oliver (106 pounds) and Matt Callaway (132 pounds) were third, and Mason McPeters (113 pounds), Walter Oliver (126 pounds) and Colin Cavender (138 pounds) finished fourth.

For Callaway, Anthony Elliott reached the title match at 182 pounds.

Laquize Gilbert (170 pounds) was third, and Austin Thomas (152 pounds) and Matthew Wingate (160 pounds) each placed fourth.

OF NOTE: For complete coverage of the Gary Silva Invitational, check out Tuesday’s sports section. And for more photos, go to Facebook.com/LDNSports