Troup enjoys big day
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The Troup High wrestling team bid farewell to 2013 with a strong performance on its home floor on Tuesday.
Participating in the Dariel Daniel Duals, Troup went 4-1 and finished in a three-way tie for the top spot.
Newnan was awarded first place based on most total points scored on the day, and Troup was second followed by Northside-Columbus.
Troup’s only loss came at the hands of Newnan, and it was a close one.
Newnan came through with a pin in the final match to beat Troup 42-41.
The Tigers forfeited three matches against Newnan, and they won seven of the 11 matches that were contested.
All four of Newnan’s wins were by pin, and that combined with the 18 points for the forfeits was enough to give it the win.
“We still have some things to improve on, mainly on not giving up pins,” Troup head coach Chris Mitchem said. “If you’re going to lose, don’t let somebody pin you. We looked better-conditioned, we’re wrestling better, we just have to be more consistent.”
A handful of wrestlers weighed a bit more than expected on Tuesday, so they had to wrestle up a weight class.
If everyone had been at their optimum weight, Mitchem felt that would have made a big difference.
“My biggest disappointment was that we didn’t get down to the weights we were supposed to get to. I think that would have helped us out,” Mitchem said. “That’s the goal is to get there for the area duals (on Saturday).”
It was still a terrific day for the Tigers, who beat Bowdon, Berkmar, Northside-Columbus and Jonesboro and lost by one point to Newnan.
Four Troup wrestlers went 5-0 and made the all-tournament team.
At 138 pounds, Adam Love went 5-0, and in his final match, he pinned an exceptional wrestler from Bowdon.
“The good thing about that match for him was, he placed in state the last two years,” Mitchem said. “That was their best guy, so it was good beating him.”
Jonathan Scott went 5-0 at 170 pounds, Tanius Harris was 5-0 at 182 pounds, and Hudson Newton went unbeaten in five matches at 220 pounds.
A handful of other Troup wrestlers had winning days as well.
Dakota Wilson was 4-1 at 126 pounds, Tyshon Cannon was 3-2 at 132 pounds, John Williamson was 3-2 at 152 pounds, and Hunter Newton was 3-2 at 195 pounds.
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