The Road to State – MatDawgs are Traditional Area Champions

Lyons, GA. – February 5, 2024 | Coach Todd Allen

The Class 2A -Area 3 Championship was held this weekend at Toombs County High School and in dominating fashion the MatDawgs came away as Area Champions. The MatDawgs clinched the area championship with four individual area champions, six runner-up finishes, and three others placing top four, all punching their ticket to the sectional tournament next weekend at Putnam County High School. The MatDawgs finished the day with 236.5 points leading runner-up Brantley County’s 171.5 points.

Coach Allen commented “It’s a stepping stone to the next stop, sectionals. At this point in the season the name of the game is ‘Survive and advance’. We have 13 moving onto the sectionals and we will be in the room getting better this week to prepare for it.”

In addition to the men’s MatDawg success, the women MatDawgs were also competing this weekend at the area tournament. Corneisha Bullard was the lone girl MatDawg to qualify for sectionals. Kylee Edwards narrowly missed qualifying, placing 5th. Corneisha qualified in a convincing manner. She spent a total of 1:26 on the mat during her three matches.

“Corneisha is dominant! Her aggressive and pure power is overwhelming for most of her opponents. She proved she is a force to be reckoned with here!” mentioned Coach Allen on Corneisha’s dominance.

Bullard will be back in action Friday, February 9 in Harris County High School for the women’s competition and the men will be in action on Saturday, February 10 in Putnam County for the GHSA Sectional Tournament. A top 6 finish at the Sectional Tournament will qualify them for the GHSA State Tournament in Macon, Ga at the Macon Centreplex.

MatDawg Placements
Area Champions
Wyatt Bunch
Dylan Vetter
Tyson Brantley
Dabvn Wadley
Corneisha Bullard

Area Runner-Ups
Bruce Agzigian
Slade Landrum
Mike Jones
Gailan Wilds
Hayden Roy
Brock Nobles

Other placements
Jahir Lopez – 3rd place
Camrin Benton – 3rd place
Dakota Malone – 4th place