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January 2-- The Vidalia Wrestling team finished 14th out of 36 teams at the Lambert Hook ‘Em Classic, earning three medals. Tahjah Watts continued his record setting senior campaign with a tournament championship where he had earned a previous second and sixth place. Watts, the number two seed, defeated Beasley (Lanier), James (HF Byrnes) and Gonzalez (South Forsyth) before winning the championship over Hawthorne (North Hall). This brings Watts’ career record to 148 wins. Thomas Godbee had an equally impressive weekend finishing third. Godbee, also a number two seed, defeated Fioranza (Lassiter) before dropping an early round match to Mehl (Cypress Lake). Godbee bounced back by defeating six opponents; Compton (Hambersham Central), Mincey (Toombs County), Connelly (HF Byrnes) Cochran (White County), and McGlone (Boyle County). In the consolation finals, Godbee faced Stephen (Chattahoochee) who had defeated him last year and went on to win the tournament. This year was different, Godbee defeated him 5 – 2. Noah Tippett (120) placed 6th in his final Hook ‘Em Classic. Tippett, unseeded, Alejo, Chadwick (Flowery Branch), Yum (Lassiter), and Fuemmeler (Loganville) on route to earning his medal.

“We are enormously proud of these three guys battling their way through this tournament. This is the toughest tournament we go to each year for the purpose of getting tough competition and our guys stepped up showing the grit we need to push forward,” stated Coach Bobby Blount. Others competing and earing team points for the Indians were; Javarius Worthen, Mason Galbreath, Hunter Manning, Robert Allen, Kaleb Cook, Damian Townsel, Dawson Campbell, Lawson Paradice, Eddie Wadley, Zack Edwards, and Jaylin Burns.

Coach James Ferry commented, “I am personally very thankful that we have young men like we have that will travel this state and outside the state looking to wrestle. We’re never afraid to go looking for a battle. I am also very blessed to have the assistant coaches I have that can keep this train moving even while I’m out. I want to take a moment to thank the boys that wrestle for us, their families, our coaching staff, our school system, and our community for everything you’ve done for this me personally and our program.”

(L-R): Thomas Godbee, Tahjah Watts, Noah Tippett and Coach Bobby Blount. 1 2 19 VHS Wrestling

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