Tigers unbeaten in Dariel Daniel Grind

Published 10:38 am Friday, December 22, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry


The Troup Tigers enjoyed a perfect first day in the Dariel Daniel Grind.

Troup’s varsity wrestling team walked onto the mat five times on Thursday, and it came away with five wins.

Troup will finish its stay in the Dariel Daniel Grind with four more matches today.

“Two of the teams will be pretty tough,” Troup head coach Craig Garner said. “And one of them is an area team. So that’ll be interesting.”

As for Thursday’s effort, while the Tigers were perfect, Garner said there’s a lot of work still to do.

“We’re still very inconsistent,” Garner said. “We’ve got a long way to go.”

There were plenty of highlights, though.

Among the wrestlers Garner was most proud of was Quenton Kersey, who was wrestling up a weight class.

Kersey lost two tough matches to begin the day before winning his next two.

“We had a couple of guys that really got tested,” Garner said. “Quenton Kersey, he’s weighing 170 something, and he wrestled up to 182 and 195, and he wrestled some men. He lost the first two matches, both of them in overtime I think. But he wrestles a third one after that, and he barely won that, and that last one wasn’t easy.”

Troup wasn’t tested in any of its matches.

Against Jones County, Troup rolled to a 63-6 victory, with Scott Hicks, Graham Finlay, Kameron Clements and Cade Garner winning by pin, and Darious Hanson won by decision.

Against one of East Coweta’s two teams, Troup secured a 37-12 victory.

Michael Irvin, Colby Harry, Chase Seals and Kersey each won by pin for Troup.

Troup beat Holy Innocents’ 64-10, with Harry and Seals earning wins by pin, while Kersey, Brantly Robinson and Finlay also won.

Troup also had no trouble with Mount Zion, rolling to a 60-9 victory.

Winning by pin for Troup were Irvin, Pearson Strickland, Hanson, Trevor Upchurch, Garner, Seals and Hicks.

Against East Coweta’s second team, Troup won 37-12, and Irvin, Harry, Seals, Hicks and Kersey each won by pin.

Troup had a second team competing, composed mostly of junior-varsity matches, and Riley Bowles and Khaliq Thornton both went unbeaten.