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Area tourney on tap

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

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Eight teams will be fighting it out for two state invitations on Saturday at Alexander High School.


The Area 5-AAAA duals will be held at Alexander, and there will eight teams participating, including LaGrange and Troup.


The top two finishers will earn an invitation to the state duals on Jan. 9.


Troup tuned up for the area duals by hosting a six-team tournament on Tuesday, while LaGrange hosted a tournament on Saturday.


Both teams wrestled well.


LaGrange finished second to Smiths Station in the Gary Silva Invitational, a traditional-format tournament, while Troup went 4-1 in the Dariel Daniel Duals.


Alexander enters Saturday’s tournament as the number one seed, and it is the heavy favorite to take the top spot.


Fayette County, which has had a strong season, is seeded second, and LaGrange is the third seed.


Carrollton is seeded fourth, Troup is fifth, and Sandy Creek, Shaw and Columbus are the sixth through eighth seeds, respectively.


LaGrange came through with a strong performance on Saturday.


Twelve of LaGrange’s 14 wrestlers placed in the top four, with three of them finishing first, and three others placing second.


LaGrange’s three champions were Garrett Godby, Kyler Hall and Guy Wegienka, and Bruer Sharp, Dexter Jones and Jacob Butler finished second.


The week before that, LaGrange finished second at the Northgate Duals.


LaGrange coach Scooter Weathers said he felt like the team “turned a big corner” at the Northgate tournament.


LaGrange then went out and had an exceptional day at the Silva tournament.


Weathers said there is still work to do, though.


“We still have some things we need to work on, some things we need to get better at,” Weathers said.


Troup, meanwhile, had a nice showing at its tournament on Tuesday, and head coach Chris Mitchem figures the team will be even better once everyone gets down to their optimum weight.


During Tuesday’s tournament, a handful of wrestlers had to wrestle up a weight class because they were too heavy during the weigh-in.


“Our big thing is getting down to their proper weight,” Mitchem said.

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