Almost as guaranteed as death and taxes is the likelihood of Jefferson and/or Commerce winning a state wrestling title. That was not the case over the weekend, as both powerhouse programs saw their streaks end.
Commerce still finished as runner-up in 1A, but it ended a 7-year streak of winning the title in the Duals Tournament. For Jefferson, it marked the end of 19-straight state championships, as the Dragons came in 4th place in 3A.
Commerce earned a first-round bye, and then cruised past Irwin County, 66-18 to advance to the quarterfinals round. It was business as usual for the Tigers, who clobbered Holy Innocents, 43-19 to advance to the title match.
There marked the end of the road, as Trion came out on top, 46-25 in a decisive victory to make history.
The top-seeded Dragons’ road was much more brief, although they too earned a first-round bye. A 49-20 win over Stone Mountain propelled the team into the quarterfinals, but Sonoraville earned the upset win, 49-18, pushing Jefferson to the losers’ bracket.
There, the Dragons beat Adairsville, 39-24. In the 3rd place game, Jackson County beat Jefferson 32-29 in a nail-biter to finish it off.