Last updated: February 13. 2014 5:41PM - 405 Views
By Kevin Eckleberry

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For the Troup High wrestling team, there is one man left standing.

The Tigers headed to the state sectional last weekend with eight wrestlers hopeful of making it through to the state finals.

Only one of those wrestlers finished high enough to earn a spot in the state finals, though.

A wrestler needed to finish eighth or higher in his weight class to advance to the finals, and Hudson Newton finished eighth in the 220-pound division.

Troup’s other wrestlers all finished ninth or lower, and two of them didn’t even get to wrestle because they didn’t meet their weight.

“We ended up catching tough guys in the loser’s bracket. We had tough matches, we just couldn’t pull it out,” Troup coach Chris Mitchem said. “We’re sad for the ones that didn’t make it. But they did get that far.”

The Tigers had a successful area tournament, with eight wrestlers qualifying for the state sectional.

Things did not go well at the sectional in Fayette County, though.

“I don’t think we wrestled as good as we could have wrestled,” Mitchem said. “In the end, that’s what happened. They all tried. I love them all. They all worked hard this year, and I’m proud of them for that fact.”

A bright spot at the sectional, and throughout the season, was Newton, a sophomore who has won nearly 40 matches.

“He’s had a good season, especially for a sophomore,” Mitchem said. “Our big thing now is to finish strong.”

To help get Newton prepared for the state finals, which have been pushed back to next weekend because of the winter weather, Tanius Harris and Jonathan Scott have been lending a hand during practice.

“We’re trying to get him better prepared,” Mitchem said.

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