Troup wrestlers enjoy big start to June

Published 9:15 am Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Two Troup wrestlers competed for Team Georgia in the Schoolboy National Duals last week in Indianapolis, Indiana. The two wrestlers — Jonderious Williams and Cruz Hezel — competed in both the freestyle and Greco Roman styles. Both wrestlers are just eighth graders, but Troup High head coach Drew Garner has big hopes and expectations for the two going forward. 

Williams went 2-4 in the 114 weight class and Hezel went 1-2 in the 119 lb weight class. The two wrestlers performed admirably, but what was more important was getting this big tournament experience for the young wrestlers. The two wrestlers were pitted against some of the very best 14U wrestlers in the country.

With young wrestlers, they are constantly shifting weight classes as their bodies continue to grow. It is very likely neither of these wrestlers will be in the same weight class next season, but any time young wrestlers can take on elite competition it is important for their development regardless of the outcome. 

These two young men were not the only Troup wrestlers to take part in massive events this past weekend. Recently graduated Kullum Irvin traveled down to Orlando, Florida to take part the knockout duals tournament. Irvin is gearing up for his first season wrestling at Brewton-Parker College in the fall. Originally committed to Huntingdon College, Irvin made a change in his commitment late in the game as he felt like it was a better fit for him as a Baron down in Mt. Vernon.