Valdosta Daily Times

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January 28, 2008

Lowndes wrestlers win Blue Devil Invitational

Valdosta second, Cook places third

VALDOSTA — Lowndes High’s wrestling team won the Blue Devil Invitational on Saturday in Tifton.

The Vikings earned 206 points, 30 points more than second-place Valdosta, which had 176. Cook finished third, with 172 points, followed by host Tift County.

Lowndes also had three individual champions. Andrew Moody was the winner at 130 pounds, Kade Williamson took first at 140 pounds and Kyle Chamberlain finished first in the 152-pound division.

Lowndes also had four wrestlers place second: Dylan Hammett (103 pounds), Kaleb Thomas (112), Tyler Armstrong (125) and Jeremy Chavarria (135). Dion Crenshaw was fourth in the heavyweight division.

The team victory was another strong showing for the Vikings. A week earlier, they had their best showing at the state dual tournament, winning two dual matches. Lowndes won despite being without injured 160-pounder Josh Haskins, one of its best wrestlers.

“Lowndes wrestled well this weekend,” Valdosta coach Benjy Scarbor said.

Moody won arguably the strongest weight class of the tournament, one that included defending Class A state champion Horace Young of Irwin County, AA state runner-up Jernato Harris of Cook and Stuart Drew of Coffee, who took third in the AAAAA state tournament last year.

Runner-up Valdosta had four individual champions. Herb Reinhard won the 119-pound bracket, John George took first at 145 pounds, Allen Scruggs was the champion at 189 pounds and Chris Daniels took first in the heavyweight division.

Daniels won one of the best matches of the tournament, defeating AAAA state champion Jesse Russell of Madison County (Ga.) in the heavyweight finals.

“Those were big wins for Herb, John George and Chris,” Scarbor said. “Allen did well, too. A couple of our younger wrestlers looked good. We were missing some wrestlers, and that hurt us in the team standings. Hopefully those guys will get healthy soon.”

Xavier Thompson (152) took third and Jake Davis (140) was fourth. Robert Jones (103), Ryan Beasley (135) and James Stokes (171) all finished fifth.

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