MACON - Alexander opened the Class AAAAAA Team Dual Championship in dominating fashion on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars won 10 matches with pins for a 68-11 win over Greenbrier at the Macon Centreplex.
“It went well for us,” Alexander coach Sean Moistner said. “Everybody wrestled well and wrested tough. It was all business for us.”
With the opening round win, Alexander advances to the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. against Dacula.
In its opening match, Dacula defeated Effingham County 36-34 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The winner of today’s match will wrestle the Pope-Valdosta winner.
It will be the first time during Moistner’s coaching tenure at Alexander that the two schools have competed in a team setting. Thursday’s match against Greenbrier was also a first for a Moistner-coached team.
“You always want to start strong because you have a chance of finishing strong,” Moistner said. “I thought we were strong throughout the match. We executed real well.”
Last week, the defending champions won the area match to advance to the state tournament. Area runner-up South Paulding won its opening match with a 60-14 win over Forest Park. South Paulding will wrestle Creekview at 10 a.m. today.
Getting pins during their first round matches were Nathaniel Green (120-pound), David Jackson-Dodd (106), Kennedi Wade-Crittle (113), Wade Warnock (182), Zach Loner (220), Little Nelson (152), Xavier Jamerson (160), Gabriel Santiago (170), Zayd Ansari (138), and Dawson Mathews (145).
“It just showed that we had some people on their backs and were able to keep them there,” Moistner said. “Again, this is the first step in reaching another goal. We are just focused on Dacula right now. We are not looking ahead and we definitely are not looking back.”