The Alexander wrestling team traveled to another top tier tournament over the weekend. The Cougar grapplers made the trip north to compete in the annual McCallie Invitational in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
AHS placed sixth in the event, out of 27 teams. McCallie won the competition. Also placing ahead of the Cougars were two Georgia 5A schools, Woodland and Cambridge. Woodland placed third and Cambridge finished fourth.
“We were right there in the mix, we just left a few points on the mat,” said AHS coach Sean Moistner. “We are starting to get some performances here and there but we need to get them together. I am excited for when that starts to happen.”
The Cougars managed to place sixth despite missing two starters. Spencer Gray stayed home while battling with an illness. There were also some weight certification issues that did not allow Shane Hornsby to compete.
Individually, Roman Boylen won the 138-pound class by pinning every one of his opponents. He beat a two time state placer from River Ridge in the finals.
Mohammad Ansari finished second at 182. He lost to a three time state champion and all-american in finals. He defeated a a returning state placer from Woodland in the semifinals.
Austin Starnes placed fourth at 113.
“I am more proud of him than anyone,” Moistner said. “This is his first time placing. He gained confidence in what he is doing and how he is doing it. He his improving and that is what he wants. I am excited to see how his season continues.”
Willy Dieckmann placed fifth at 145 after being upset in the semifinals. He had the lead late in the match but lost with 10 seconds remaining. He also lost in the consolation semifinals in overtime.