The Tigers went 2-1 in the meet, opening with a 50-24 loss to Meadow Creek before defeating Stockbridge, 59-24, and the Panthers, 75-3.
”I was very pleased with our performance against Chapel Hill,” said DCHS coach Jereme Fountain. “We wrestled them a lot better than we previously had.”
“I knew Meadow Creek was good coming in but I thought we could have performed a lot better than we did,” he added. “However, we did perform well against Stockbridge also.”
Casey Vosselman and Drew Sanders led the Tigers on the mat, going 3-0.
“Casey was kind of a JV guy that had to step up and he has done a good job doing it,” Fountain said. “ Drew also had a good night.”
Chapel Hill went 0-3 in the duals after having to forfeit several weight classes. New coach Marcus Harley is still working to build interest in the program and was able to add one more wrestler, filling the void at the 126-pound spot.
The Panthers lost to Stockbridge in a close 48-30 contest before falling to Meadow Creek, 71-9, and DC.
Chapel Hill has had one bright spot all season long in Khyree Walker. Walker remained undefeated on the season at 220 after going 3-0 at Douglas County.
“He is our senior leader,” Harley said. “We are looking forward to what the rest of the team can learn from him.”
Walker won one match by pin and two by decision.
Kemonte Figures also had a good day for the Panthers, going 2-1 with his lone loss to the Tigers. He had a pin and a decision victory.
“I like his energy but I would like to see him be more aggressive,” Harley said. “I would like to see him in more control of the match and dictate the pace.”
Despite the losses, Harley remains pleased with his team’s performance.
“As always I’m proud,” he said. “‘We fight’, that is our motto. We continue to build and show a lot of positive things. We have to lay the foundation and just keep working.”
Both Douglas County and Chapel Hill are now preparing for the Region Duals set to kick in early January. DC will have only two more meets to prepare after a miscommunication on the date of the Callaway Tournament this week forced them out of the event.
Chapel Hill will hope to perform well individually at the Region Duals but with so many forfeits at certain weight classes, a high finish is unlikely. They team is focused on the traditional tournaments in February.