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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander senior Wade Warmack gets ready to wrestle as coach Sean Moistner gives him some final instructions on Saturday.

Sean Moistner doesn’t like using the term defending when referring to his Alexander wrestling team.

The Cougars won both the traditional and duals Class AAAAAA titles last season.

On Saturday, Alexander opened the new season with a win in its ALX Duals tournament.

“We wanted to do was wrestle hard and aggressive in each match,” Moistner said. “We have some real good experience as a team. We have a lot of mat time. This is a new team and season. I don’t like using the term defending because this group is not defending anything. They have to find their own identity.”

The season got off to a good start with the one-day, 10-team tournament win.

Alexander defeated Forsyth Central 60-18 to the tournament championship. To get to the the championship match, the Cougars defeated Peachtree Ridge (50-25), Riverwood (77-0) and Paulding (63-18).

“It was a good day for everybody,” Alexander senior Nate Nelson said. “A lot of guys really stepped up. We should have a pretty good year.”

The Cougars were a bit short-handed as several of the team’s wrestlers that play football haven’t returned to the team.

They should be back this week after Alexander lost in the first-round of the playoffs on Friday at Harrison.

Among the football players returning is state runner-up Spencer Myers, who wrestles in the heavyweight division.

“We came into the meet expecting a win,” senior Vinny Ferrara said. “There were a lot of guys that stepped up because we needed them. This was just a great win for our team.”

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