“Logan [Jones] was with him all week long to give him someone of comparable size to practice with,” Riner said. “They worked real hard to get to the spot they were in.”
With a bright future ahead of him, Jones is already planning on being a top contender in the Class-A competition next season.
“He’s been all-business, and he’s already talking about going to camps this summer,” Riner said. “His goal is to be on the top podium, and I could see that very easily.”
Riner believes with the support from administrators and staff at GMC Prep, the wrestling program should do very well with the young group returning next year.
“It’s a big deal. All of the administrators and teachers have been very supportive,” he said. “I’m hoping that going to state competitions is going to be a regular thing for GMC.”
Qualifying wrestlers for state has already become a tradition for the BHS program in recent years; however, the BHS participant this season experienced the state-level competition for the first time in his young career.
Driskell went in as an eighth seed and finished 0-2 at the tournament, but wrestled well against some of the best in the 113 pound weight class for Class-AAAA, hosted by West Laurens in Dexter.
“He did OK — he wrestled well,” Lindsay said. “His first match, like I said before was going to be a very tough match. He actually scored some points against him, and it ended up being one of the best matches he’s had all year.”
Not only did Driskell wrestle well against the stiff competition at state, he almost won his second match twice.
“In his wrestle-back, he got a wrestler that had beaten him once before, and beaten him badly,” Lindsay said. “He ended up doing very well and pinned him twice, but it was out of bounds. He did well, but he came up short.”