Woodland dominates region duals, pinning 13 of 14 finals matches

Woodland dominates region duals, pinning 13 of 14 finals matches

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The 2018-19 Woodland wrestling team ended a state title drought with a win in the Class 5A duals championship, cementing its place among the best groups in the history of the storied program.

It's possible this season's team is even better. At least that's the perception after the Wildcats absolutely mauled every team in their path en route to a second consecutive Region 7-AAAAA duals title Saturday at Paulding County.

Woodland expectedly cruised into the finals, blowing by East Paulding (82-0) and Kell (62-15). But the Wildcats saved their most impressive performance for the finals, where they obliterated Carrollton with 13 first-period pins in 14 matches of a 78-3 romp.

"We did as good as we could have done," Woodland head coach Adrian Tramutola said. "We won three matches in a row. Looked like we were just going through the motions there in the first couple of rounds. In the finals, we wrestled about as good as I've seen us."

It was a true masterclass. Demarcus Williams set the tone, pinning his opponent in the opening match at 195 pounds. Carrollton's wrestler had just beaten Cass' Noah Hoffmeier, who won the traditional state title last season, but he proved to be no match for Williams.

"It started off with Demarcus Williams going out and pinning the kid from Carrollton, who had just knocked off the defending state champ from Cass the round before us," Tramutola said. "We thought it was going to be a good match, and it wasn't even close. He took him down twice, put him to his back and pinned him.

"That sparked us, and we just snowballed them."

That's quite the understatement.

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