Nine LaGrange High wrestlers earned a place on the awards podium during the Chattahoochee River Wrestling Association’s annual tournament on Saturday.
This year’s tournament was held at Bowdon High School, and it included 11 teams.
Three Grangers finished second, and the other six placers finished between third and sixth.
Alexander soared to the top spot, followed by Douglas County, Mount Zion, LaGrange, Starr’s Mill and Hardaway.
“We wrestled really well at times and then not so well at times,” LaGrange coach Scooter Weathers said. “We lost a couple of matches in which we were winning big and then relaxed only to get pinned or lose by one point. That is disappointing. Those mistakes cannot happen later in the season. They could be very costly for us. We will correct those mistakes. They are huge mistakes in individual tournaments.”
Dexter Jones, DeErious Sands and Guy Wegienka each finished second for LaGrange, and they all fell to Alexander wrestlers in the finals.
“We wrestled really well against Alexander and went after then in the finals,” Weathers said. “Alexander was head and shoulders better than the other teams there.”
Qua Tucker and Turner Duke earned third-place finishes.
“There were some key mistakes in their matches that could have been key in advancing to the finals,” Weathers said. “These are easy fixes for us and we will correct them.”
Bruer Sharp was fifth, and Weathers said he “has been getting better each day at practice.”
Michael Weathers, Kyler Hall and Emmanuel Mann finished sixth.
“We always talk about how every match is important and that every match won is points,” Weathers said. “Every point in this tournament was crucial. We finished one-half point ahead of Starr’s Mill, so it was a total team effort.”
In the junior-varsity CRWA tournament, LaGrange finished second behind Alexander.
Colt Creed and D’Anthony Rachal each won individual titles for LaGrange, while Reggie Johnson, Jordan Ragan and Jeffery Walker finished second.
Third-place finishers for LaGrange were JaQuavon Ray, Matt Watford, Khalid Barnes and Austin Rothermel.
“The young wrestlers did an outstanding job over the weekend,” Weathers said. “We wrestled in 11 weight classes and got nine placers. I would say that is a great day for the young guys. I saw a lot of positive things with the JV guys and some JV mistakes as well that are easy to correct.
“I was also impressed with the great leadership from some of the young guys. These guys have a very bright future in wrestling if this bunch stays together.”