MOULTRIE — With three matches left against Westover on Tuesday at the Pineland gymnasium, the Colquitt County wrestlers trailed by 17 and needed pins the rest of the way to knock off the Patriots.

And that’s just what they did.

Successive pins by Trey Brooks at 171, Donovan McGowen at 189 and Felix Cruz at 215 gave the Packers the 42-41 victory after trailing 41-24.

The victory over Westover gave Colquitt a split in their two matches.

In their opener, the Packers fell to a strong Cook High team, 60-21. The Packers won their final two matches against the Hornets and then rallied to take one away from the Patriots.

There was plenty of action at the Pineland gymnasium on Tuesday, with the Colquitt County middle school team also playing host to two matches, falling to Valdosta and tying Cook.

Against Westover, the varsity Packers opened with a pin by Chris Walsh at 285 and then got six points on a forfeit at 103.

But the Packers did not win again until Tyler Dismuke got a pin at 145 and Dillon Underwood followed with another pin a 152.

The Packers then lost at 160 on a technical fall that enabled them to pin out for the victory.

“It was exciting,” said Packers assistant wrestling coach Travis Torbert. “Hopefully, that excitement carry over and help motivate the boys, knowing they can beat at team like Westover.”

Torbert said the victory was especially encouraging since Westover “wore us out” without their full squad two weeks ago.

The Packers got off to a fast start against Cook when Donovan McGowen opened with a pin at 189 and, after Cruz was pinned at 215, Walsh got a 6-1 decision.

But the Packers struggled the rest of the way until the final two matches, when Beau Weathers won by a pin at 160 and Trey Brooks also got a pin at 171.

“Walsh and Trey continue to do well,” coach Greg Tillery said. “And Cook may be one of the top AA teams in the state.”

The Colquitt County varsity wrestlers were coming off a fourth-place finish on Saturday at the Rumble at the Rock tournament at Northside High in Columbus.

The tournament included 10 teams, divided into two pools of five.

The Packers finished second in their pool, then were defeated 42-33 by Spencer, the No. 2 team in the other pool, to finish fourth.

Spencer finished third.

Hardaway finished first. Host school Northside was second.

Felix Cruz, who wrestles at 215, led the Packers with victories in all five of his matches.

Going 5-1 were Dillon Underwood, at 152; Beau Weathers, at 160; Trey Brooks, at 171; and Chris Walsh, at 285.

Posting 3-2 records in Columbus were Jose Zunun, at 103; Will Burt, at 112; Heath Lamb, at 130; Clarence Drew, at 140; Tyler Dismuke, at 145; and Donovan McGowen, at 189.

Colquitt County opened the dual-format tournament against Hardaway and fell 63-18. Underwood, Cruz and Walsh got the Packers points on pins.

Colquitt County won its next match, defeating Banneker 76-6.

The Packers were aided by seven forfeits, but also got pins from Underwood, Walsh, Zunun, Burt and Denarrious Gamble at 119.

Weathers won on a major decision.

The Packers made use of five forfeits in its next match, defeating Americus-Sumter County 78-6.

Getting pins for the Packers against the Panthers were Brooks, Cruz, Walsh, Zunun, Drew, Dismuke, Underwood and Weathers.

Colquitt benefited from six forfeits in its 60-23 victory over Carver High of Columbus.

Drew, Underwood, Weathers and Brooks contributed pins.

The victory over Columbus sent the Packers into the battle for third place against Spencer.

In the 42-33 loss, the Packers got pins from Cruz, Drew, Weathers and Brooks and Zunun picked up a decision.

The Packers will travel to Houston County on Friday to meet Houston County, Warner Robins and Groves.

Colquitt will be back at the Pineland gymnasium at 6 p.m. next Tuesday to wrestle Thomas County Central.

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