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Mustangs get back to work with sweet Vidalia finish
South Effingham’s Adam Morse won his weight class at the Vidalia Invitational this weekend. The Mustangs finished fifth in a field that included some of the state’s best programs. - photo by Photo by Gilbert Miller

The last tuneup, and South Effingham’s drive for the Area 3-AAA wrestling championship is on.

The Mustangs took fifth in a field that included heavyweights Jefferson, Commerce, North Gwinnett and West Laurens. They had two first-place finishers, one runner-up and a pair of fourth-places.

“It was a real good tournament,” Mustangs coach Tom Onorato said. “There were a lot of teams we hadn’t seen before but some real good competition for us.”

South Effingham’s Robbie Collum won the 145-pound division, and teammate Adam Morse won the 189-pound class. Josh Jameson (130) was second while Alex Wendell and Chad Tucker had fourth-place finishes.

“It was good to get out and wrestle again,” Onorato said, with his team having had last weekend off. “It was a productive weekend.”

Jefferson, the defending Class A state champ, won the event. North Gwinnett, 11th in the Class AAAAA traditionals a year ago, was second, with Commerce in third and Toombs, third at Class AA last year, taking fourth. Dublin, third in Class AA last year, was sixth behind South Effingham.

Onorato also liked having his wrestlers face someone different at this time of the year and have to adapt to different styles.

“It was good to wrestle people we don’t have to worry about seeing again,” he said.

The Mustangs will host the area traditional tournament Saturday, with competition set to begin at 10:30 a.m.