Troup defeated Harris 39-36, Brookstone 63-12 and Shaw 54-18, despite three of the team’s wrestlers being out with illness, including senior team captain Michael Mackfield.
“We did a very good job tonight,” coach Chris Mitchem said afterward. “I see the kids improving, learning from day-to-day, taking coaching, getting more aggressive and getting used to our coaching style here.”
Besides illness keeping some wrestlers out of the lineup, some were still awaiting results from the state mandated hydration test that wrestlers are required to submit to.
Athletes participating in wrestling must meet the body fat, weight, and hydration assessment data so a minimum weight, safe weight loss plan and daily nutrient goals can be established.
Wrestlers can then build a customized diet that honors his/her weight loss plan as per guidelines of the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
“They check to see how much water a kid has in their system when they check their weight,” Mitchem explained. “The state now mandates now how much weight you can lose, what weight class you can wrestle at and how much weight you can lose based on body fat.”
Tiger wrestlers ran into the same dilemma last Saturday at the Carrollton Duals, so much so that only Troup junior-varsity wrestlers were able to participate along with wrestlers from Carrollton, Eagles Landing and Mt. Zion.
The majority of Troup’s varsity wrestlers had not been certified in the hydration test.
Meanwhile, Mitchem expects to have a full roster of wrestlers for this weekend’s Northside High School Duals in Columbus.
Originally, Troup was to travel to Auburn High School for the Swede Umbach meet, but that meet was canceled, according to Mitchem.
The first-year head coach at Troup likes his team’s chances this Saturday.
“If we stay healthy and we wrestle hard, I think we can come away with some type of trophy,” Mitchem said. “I can’t guarantee anything. It depends on how the kids react on Saturday. I think today was a big step toward getting better and trying to get to where we need to be at the end of the season.”
Higlights from Wednesday’s meet at Harris County include:
113 pounds – Cameron Cato defeated Heath Suich of Harris County on points.
120 pounds – John Meacham won three matches all by pin.
120 pounds – Elijah Butts won two matches by forfeit and lost one by pin against Harris County.
126 pounds – Otis Thornton won three matches all by pin.
138 pounds – Adam Love won all three matches by pin.
145 pounds – Jederrious Smith won all three matches by pin.
220 pounds – Hudson Newton won all three matches by pin.
285 pounds - Mitch Mathes won all three matches by pin..