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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander senior Little Nelson will help lead the Cougars at the Class AAAAAA Team Dual, which starts Thursday in Macon.

Alexander is looking to collect some more hardware as it heads to Macon for the Class AAAAAA Team Dual Championships.

The Cougars opens the three-day championship tournament against Greenbrier on Thursday at the Macon Centreplex.

Last season, Alexander won both the team dual and traditional championships in Macon. The Cougars earned a spot in the team dual by winning the Area 5-AAAAAA Championship with South Paulding placing second.

“We are ready for state so we can do it all over again,” Alexander senior DeAndre Burton said. “There is no pressure. We have been there before and know what it takes.”

Junior Nathaniel Green agreed.

“I’m definitely excited about the state tournament. We are going with the mindset to win it. There is no pressure. I’m sure we will feel some butterflies but we have been there before.”

Last season was the Cougars’ first team dual title and first traditional title since the 2010 season.

Alexander coach Sean Moistner said his team has been working on details leading up to the state tournament.

“We felt good coming into the area tournament,” Moistner said. “We wrestled real well against a good South Paulding team. We had a few matches that didn’t go our way. We are hoping to turn those around at state

“We will concentrate on details. To win a championship you have to have all the little details down. You have to finish and finish fast to put yourself in a good position.”

The momentum for the state tournament has been building all season. Like always, the Cougars played a tough non-area schedule that included a third-place finish at the Southern Slam in South Carolina.

The Southern Slam is considered one of the top tournaments in the Southeast, which is attended by teams from Georgia, Southern, Alabama and Kentucky.

“We will run against some good competition at state but I know we will be ready,” Alexander senior Little Nelson said. “We know we have put in a lot of hard work with a lot of sweat.”

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