Tigers ready for home stretch
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The Troup wrestling team hit the road and delivered a winning performance on Wednesday.
Facing home-standing Chapel Hill, the Tigers won nine of the 14 matches to roll to victory.
The Tigers were in action for the first time since Saturday when they lost both of their matches in the Area 5-AAAA duals.
With the area duals behind them, the Tigers now turn their attention to the traditional area tournament that’ll be held on Feb. 1.
At that tournament, the top four finishers in each weight class will qualify for the state tournament.
Before then, the Tigers will face some tough competition in tournaments at Whitewater High and Marietta High, and they’ll also look to defend their title at the Troup County championships on Jan. 21 at LaGrange High.
Troup head coach Chris Mitchem believes a number of his wrestlers have the potential to do some special things down the road.
“I really feel like I should bring six or seven to state,” Mitchem said. “And the six or seven guys that make it to state, I see them placing.”
Among those wrestlers is 220-pounder Hudson Newton, who is 23-3.
Adam Love (138 pounds), Tanius Harris (182 pounds) and Jonathan Scott (170 pounds) have each won 20 matches this season.
Dakota Wilson (120 pounds) has 17 wins, and Cameron Cato (113 pounds) has 14 wins.
All six of those wrestlers won their matches on Wednesday.
Also winning were Christian Franks (126 pounds), Justice Green (152 pounds) and Wellington Callaway (285 pounds).
Tyson Cannon (132 pounds), John Williamson (145 pounds), Treyonn Harris (160 pounds) and Hunter Newton (195 pounds) each fell short in their matches.
While the team’s top wrestlers have been winners on a regular basis, Mitchem said a handful of other wrestlers are still trying to find that consistency.
Mitchem said those wrestlers have “good potential.”
“All those kids have the potential to win, they’re just not consistent yet,” Mithchem said. “That’s the biggest thing. Once they get consistency, we’ll be all right as a team.”
Mitchem said between now and the area tournament, the goal is to try “to improve on the things we’re not good at, and perfect the things we’re good at.”
OF NOTE: The Callaway, LaGrange and Troup wrestling teams are all off this weekend. The state duals are being held in Macon, and none of the local teams are participating.
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