Cairo headed to duals wrestling state finals

Jan. 16—CAIRO- After an intense match that saw the Syrupmakers edge out Hardaway by just one point, Cairo wrestling will head to Gainesville, Georgia this weekend to compete in the duals state finals.

"We're excited for this weekend. It's going to be an opportunity for a lot of our wrestlers to see state level competition at 4A," said Cairo wrestling coach Scott Marshall. "Down here in South Georgia we don't see too many other 4A schools throughout the season so, it's good to kind of get up there and see what other wrestlers that they'll be seeing when February comes around, which is state time for individuals."

The duals competition is different than a traditional wresting tournament. Instead of individual wrestlers competing for a crown, wrestlers compete as a team and earn points in their matches through 14 weight classes. Depending on how you win the match you can get 3, 4, 5 of 6 points. The team with the highest score and best overall team through all weight classes wins the match. Coach Marshall sees this duals state tournament as the perfect warm up for his wrestlers and they get closer to individual state.

"There is no other tournament that can prepare them for state as much as this one can," Marshall said.

The only thing working against this group is their youth. The Cairo wrestling team only has one senior rostered and he is out with shoulder injury. Cairo will be looking to Angel Bastida, Ralph Conyers and Landyn Ferguson who went undefeated in the match against Hardaway.

Cairo will face North Hall, out of Gainesville, GA, in the first round of the tournament beginning on Friday.