Sunday, January 20, 2008
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Wesleyan's bid to repeat as Class AA dual state champions ended Saturday morning at the Macon Centreplex
The Wolves lost to LaFayette 43-18 in a rematch of last year's state finals that Wesleyan won by one point.
"We thought this would be a down year, so to be in the finals is great," Wesleyan coach Jeff Plunk said.
The state finals were scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m., but with snowy weather hitting Georgia Saturday morning, the championships were moved to 10 a.m.
"We had plenty of time to warmup and get ready, so we have no excuses," Plunk said. "We just lost to a very good team."
Wesleyan (15-3) started off the dual well with Colin Genthert (152 pounds) and David Kaszycki (160) notching wins. Kelby Smith (215) and Josh Jeng (119) added wins, but the Wolves were never able to pull out another victory.
"We knew we would have some close matches and they didn't go our way," Plunk said.
After losing to Wesleyan in the state finals last year, LaFayette came back and won the traditional state meet a month later. Wesleyan hopes that scenario works in its favor this year.
"Overall, we wrestled pretty good. We knew (Saturday) was going to be tough," Plunk said. "We lost a couple of close matches. Two or three matches can turn the whole thing around. We still feel like we got a good team and we'll be up there for the traditional state tournament."