MC Wrestling

Emma Ollis

MC Wrestling
This past month, February 13th to the 15th, the Georgia High School Association hosted the Individual Wrestling State Championships and the Madison County Wrestling Program showed up and showed out. Just like other athletes, the wrestlers endured a season full of inevitable injuries, treacherous road trips in the activity bus, and heart-breaking losses with the daunting task of maintaining their weight and good grades. The 2020 Red Raider wrestlers transcended past years records with nine total state qualifiers and four state finalists, including one state champion.
Junior, Joshua Kincaid, hit the mat with the primary goal to maintain his reign as State Champion. Wrestling at 126, Kincaid faced a tough opponent from Pickens county whom he had faced in the past few tournaments. With his coaches Cody Knight, Richie Houston, and Sean McElligot by his side cheering him on, Kincaid succeeded once again in obtaining the title of State Champ, defeating his opponent 4-1.
The Class of 2020 was well represented at the Championships. Senior team captain, Jaxon Hoetzel, with a season record of 51-5, pinned his way through the 182 bracket up until the finals where he lost to a tough competitor, claiming the title of state runner-up. The team’s other captain, Rowan Smith, wrestling at 138, fought to the finals: unfortunately, he lost by a tech fall. Red Raider senior Hamilton Cooper also came home as a state runner-up after multiple impressive matches through his bracket.
Madison County continues to reside as the home of multiple fantastic sports programs, like wrestling, that travel far and wide to represent the Red Raiders well. Congratulations to all of the Red Raider wrestling state qualifiers, finalists, and the champion!