Social Circle wrestling Coach Randy Prater had his young team of only two seniors, with the balance freshman and sophomores, ready for the challenge at the GHSA Class A State Team Dual Wrestling Championship in Macon.
The Redskins were excited about drawing the short straw and facing the number 1 seed, thrree-time defending state champion Breedan. Social Circle seemed to be the only ones in the state that thought they could actually win.
"I know a lot of people counted us out, but our coaches and wrestlers went into the dual believing we could win," Prater said.
Although Breedan did defeat Social Circle, Breedan lost their next round to Gordon Lee ending their streak.
Before losing to Breedan Friday afternoon in the opening round 42-24, Social Circle took an early 15 point lead which silenced the rowdy Breedan crowd. While keeping the match close, Breedan finally pulled away in the last few weight classes.
Putting the opening loss behind them and keeping up their intensity, the Redskins faced the number 4 seed Tel fair County in their first match on Saturday in the consolation quarters. Beating area champion Telfair 57-24, Social Circle would take on 3rd seed, Commerce, in a repeat of the area 2A championship. Coming down to the last weight class, Social Circle was down by 3 points. Going for the win by trying for a pin, Redskin heavyweight Kevin Burke won the match with a minor to tie Commerce 35-35.
Having to go deep into the rule book to decide the victor, Commerce got the win by having more points scored in the first periods.
"It was a tough loss for everyone, coaches, wrestlers, and fans," said Prater.
Obviously upset after its loss, Social Circle took it out on Turner County crushing them 63-9 to take 5th place in the state.
"I am very thankful and proud to coach such a wonderful group of young men that work hard on and off the mat, which they showed this weekend," Prater said.
The Redskins are looking forward to the remainder of the their season, and they have begun to change gears setting their sights on the traditional state tournament.