MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County middle school and varsity wrestling teams took matches from their Thomas County Central counterparts on Tuesday at the Pineland gymnasium.

The middle school Packers got seven pins — including two from Nigel Murray — to defeat Thomas County Central 42-31.

Also winning for the young Packers were Johnny Ward, Blake Powell, Koty Thomas, Jay Jones and Travis Register.

The varsity Packers broke an 18-18 tie on a pin by Chris Walsh and went on to a 48-30 victory. The match opened with a first-period pin by Thomas County Central’s Jerome Reeves over Colquitt County’s Clarence Drew at 140.

Both teams forfeited at 145 and the Packers got six points when Dillon Underwood received a forfeit at 152.

The Yellow Jackets went up 12-6 on a pin by Jim Searcy over Colquitt County’s Beau Weathers.

The Packers pulled even again when Trey Brooks pinned Ryan Shealey with 1 second left in the match.

Cooper Winton gave Central an 18-12 lead with a first-period pin over Donvan McGowen at 189.

Colquitt got back to an 18-18 tie when Felix Cruz pinned Steven Powell with 1:41 left in their match at 215.

In the heavyweight match, Walsh, a sophomore, pinned Justin Barnes with 6 seconds left in the first period to put the Packers up 24-18.

With the aid of forfeits received at 103 and 112, the Packers never trailed again. Colquitt gave up a forfeit at 119, but got those six points back when Jesse Goff pinned Jalen Rawls at 125 with 45 seconds left in the second period.

The two team swapped forfeits in the final two matches.

“I thought Trey (Brooks) wrestled well,” coach Greg Tillery said. “And Goff did a good job. That was the first time he’d wrestled in a couple of weeks.

“Walsh and Felix (Cruz) kept winning. What I like about Felix is that he will fight you.”

Colquitt County also wrestled Houston County and Groves last Friday at Houston County.

The Packers defeated Groves 42-36. In the victory, the Packers got pins from Jose Zunun at 103, Will Burt at 112, Clarence Drew at 140, Tyler Dismuke at 145 and Cruz at 215. Walsh and Ronnie Caldwell, wrestling at 125, won by decision.

The Packers fell to Houston County 50-18. Zunun, Cruz and Walsh got the Colquitt County points on pins.

The Colquitt County varsity wrestlers will be off until Friday, Jan. 4, when they travel to Valdosta for the two-day Wildcat Invitational.

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