The Troup High wrestlers got plenty of mat time in Wednesday night.
Troup hosted a four-team meet that also included Carrollton, Newnan and Smiths Station.
Troup went 1-2 with a win over Newnan and losses to Smiths Station and Carrollton.
It was tough competition, and that’s just the way Troup coach Chris Mitchem wanted it.
“To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” Mitchem said. “I’m one of the coaches who schedules matches to get your butt kicked. It lets you know where you need to be, and how hard you need to wrestle to get better.”
There are nearly 40 wrestlers on the team, and a lot of them are newcomers to varsity wrestling.
Mitchem said they’ll get more and more comfortable with what they’re doing as they gain match experience, and spend more time in the wrestling room.
“I had a lot of kids that really didn’t know what to do,” Mitchem said. “They were trying, but they really didn’t know how to put things together. So that was the biggest thing we have to work on. That’ll just take time. We’re going to be good if we listen to coach. We’re going to be good if we practice hard. We’re trying to get that in their head.”
Overall, Mitchem said “they wrestled hard, and that’s all you can ask. You can definitely tell we need to be more conditioned. But that comes with time. I really feel like there’s nothing anything real bad. I feel like there were a lot of positives coming from it. The little things we need to fix just come with time.”
Troup opened its season last week with a four-team meet at Whitewater, and it competed in the Panther Invitational at Jackson County last weekend.
Jonathan Scott was Troup’s lone placer at 182 pounds.
This weekend, Troup will take part in the Swede Umbach Inviational at Auburn High.
“It’s going to be some good competition,” Mitchem said. “Smiths Station is going to be there. A couple of these other real good Alabama schools, Auburn, Bob Jones, Hoover. They’ll get to see a different style of wrestling. They wrestle a little bit different in Alabama. We’ll see some good kids.”
Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s matches.
TROUP 45, NEWNAN 36
Newnan held a 24-9 lead through six matches, but Troup came charging back to claim the victory.
Winners for Troup included Denver Moon, Preston Channell, Adam Love, Jonathan Scott, Tanius Harris, Hudson Newton and Wellington Callaway.
William Durgon won by forfeit.
SMITHS STATION 58, TROUP 21
Smiths Station won the first two matches by pin, and it didn’t look back on the way to the victory.
For Troup, Channell and Newton won by pin, Harris won by decision, and Callaway won a match by forfeit.
CARROLLTON 53, TROUP 23
Channell got Troup started on the right foot with a pin, but Carrollton won the next five matches to go up 26-6.
Channell and Dakota Wilson won matches on the mat for Troup, and Harris and Newton won by forfeit.