And while his team did what he was looking for in making it past the first day, Wildcat coach Kyle Seeley was hoping to see a little stronger showing from his squad on Friday.
“We didn’t wrestle to the best of our ability. I felt like a couple of guys stepped up and wrestled pretty well. But I think overall as a team, I think we could have done better,” Seeley said.
Earning wins against the Jaguars were Michael Hurley at 106 pounds (pin), Josh Ivey at 113 (FF), Sam Preston at 120 (pin), Austin Roper at 126 (FF), Tristan Ware at 132 (pin), Nicholas Jones at 138 (FF), Maurice McGuire at 182 (pin), Kyle Cook at 195 (pin) and Demetris Flemister at 220 (pin).
In the match against Allatoona, Hurley (pin), Ware (major dec.), McGuire (pin) and Flemister (pin) earned victories for the Wildcats.
Villa Rica will now face Rome at 9 a.m. today in an elimination match. The Wolves beat the Cats earlier in the season in a dual format, but Seeley said things can be different this time around if his guys come out and perform like they are capable of this morning at South Paulding.
“We lost to Allatoona, and they’re probably the best team that we’ve wrestled all year, as far as in our region. But I just felt like we could have wrestled a lot better [Friday]. That’s pretty much, hands-down, what it comes to,” Seeley said. “I think [Saturday], I’ve kind of went through everything and I think that we’ve got a little bit better chance.”