Troup deals with injury bug
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
They weren’t taking any chances.
When Troup High wrestler Jonathan Scott injured his back during a match in the Hardaway Invitational last weekend, he was immediately sent to a local hospital to get checked out.
A year ago, Scott suffered a severe back injury, and with that in mind, Troup coach Chris Mitchem said every precaution was going to be taken.
“We had to send him to the hospital,” Mitchem said. “He had surgery on his back. He broke his back last year.”
During a semifinal match in the Hardaway tournament, Mitchem said Scott “had muscle spasms, strained his back. We didn’t want to take any chances. We sent him to the hospital, and he forfeited the next day. He would have placed.”
Mitchem said the good news was Scott was back in the wrestling room on Monday participating in practice.
Scott is one of a handful of Troup wrestlers who has had to deal with a physical issue of some sort recently.
Two of Troup’s top wrestlers, Dakota Wilson (knee) and Cameron Cato (ribs), were also hampered by injuries in the Hardaway tournament.
“We just have a lot of small injuries,” Mitchem said. “Nothing bad, but small injuries that kept the guys from wrestling to their potential.”
While no Troup wrestlers placed at Hardaway, Mitchem liked what he saw from his men.
“I saw a lot of toughness out of a lot of kids,” Mitchem said. “It was a tough tournament. Hardaway is always a tough tournament.
“The good thing I got out of it was, the guys we lost to placed in the tournament. It wasn’t like we lost to guys that didn’t place.”
Wilson and Scott each lost to a wrestler that finished, and Tanius Harris fell to a wrestler that won his weight class.
“We’re losing to good competition,” Mitchem said. “It’s not like we’re just losing to anybody.”
Troup will return to the wrestling mat this weekend for a tournament at Fayette County.
Then on Tuesday, Troup will host the Dariel Daniel Duals.
It was originally going to be called the Tiger Duals, but the decision was made to rename the tournament in honor of Daniel, the long-time Troup wrestling coach who died in a car accident in November.
Then on Jan. 4, the Area 5-AAAA duals will be held at Alexander High.
The top two finishers from that tournament will qualify for state.
Mitchem is hoping the team is starting to round into shape at just the right time.
“They’re getting better, and that’s what we want to see,” Mitchem said. “We’re getting there. Hopefully everybody will be at their right weight after Christmas. Hopefully we’re a team to reckon with. That’s the game plan.”
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