MACON - For the second time in 28 days, the Alexander wrestling team will bring home a state title.
The Cougars clinched the Class AAAAAA Traditional title on Saturday at the Macon Centreplex just a few weeks after winning the Duals Championship at the same location.
Alexander clinched the title early Saturday afternoon on the strength of four third-place finishes.
Junior heavyweight Spencer Myers almost added some icing to the championship in the title match. He finished runner-up to James Monteiro of Lee County on a 3-2 decision.
The Cougars scored 140.5 points with runner-up South Paulding finishing with 114 points. Allatoona was third at 98 points.
Even before Myers match, the Cougars had the championship wrapped up on the strength of four third place finishers.
Cole Driskell took third in the 160-pound division while London Dubroc was third in the 113. Taking third in 145 was Nate Nelson and DeAndre Burton took third at 152.
Both Dubroc and Burton were Sectional champions from a week ago. Conner Perry finished fourth in the 195 division.
The placement got started earlier in the day when Vinnie Ferrera was fifth at 120.
In January, the Cougars won the duals title by defeating region rival South Pauding in the championship match. It was sort of revenge for Alexander, which lost the area match to the Spartans four days prior to the state match.
However, the Cougars would keep the winning going as they claimed the region traditional title in qualifying all four wrestlers for the Sectional.
During the Sectional meet, which they host last weekend, the Cougars saw 12 wrestlers advance to state with seven placing.
While Alexander took the team title in AAAAAA, it was also a historic meet for New Manchester. Senior Jalon Causey became the school’s first state placer when he took sixth in 160 on Saturday.
Last season, Causey became the program’s first state qualifier. This weekend, the Jaguars had four wrestlers to participate in the state meet.
Douglas County sophomore Dennis McNeal finished runner-up in the 106 pound division after a 5-4 decision to John Watts of Coffee.