Gallant Effort for the Flames in Georgia

02/09/2010 -

ATHENS, GA - - The Lee University wrestling team knew the competition level would be a tall order to handle, but the Flames showed great integrity over the weekend at 5th annual Classic City Championships hosted by the University of Georgia.

With 13 schools total and four of the top 25 ranked teams present, including both the Apprentice School (2009 NCWA National Champions) and the Marion Military Institute (2010 NCWA National Duals Champions), the Flames found themselves fighting for team position all tournament with only two wrestlers active for head coach Joe Jellison.

“We lacked many positions and we are going to fix that in the practice room,” said Jellison.

The Flames suffered a major setback on the mat when senior Casey Grisham experienced a shoulder injury in his first round loss (13-2). Due to injury Grisham was forced to forfeit his third round match, finishing 1-2 for the tournament with a lone victory coming from a medical forfeit in the second round.

Sophomore Stephen Ward continued to show signs of improvement for the Flames, but finished the tournament 0-2 in the 174 lb. class.

The Flames are scheduled to host the 3rd annual Tennessee State Duals on Thursday Feb. 18 at the Mayfield Gymnasium. Admission will be free.

Team Scores:
1) Marion Military Institute: 149 points
2) Apprentice School: 122 points
3) Georgia Southern: 61 points
4 tie) Auburn University (Ala.) and University of South Carolina: 59.5 points

-Zach Southard, Lee Wrestling News Writer