The Alexander wrestling team traveled to Marietta on Wednesday to take part in a special event hosted by Life University. Life’s goal is to bring both college and high school wrestling under one roof. Life took on Truett-McConnell while the AHS squad squared off with Area 5-AAAAA opponents South Paulding and Sprayberry.
South Paulding and Alexander are expected to be two of the top three teams in the area. The Cougars defeated the Spartans, 42-30.
“It was good that we got a chance to see them wrestle, but the score is not indicative of how we wrestled,” said AHS coach Sean Moistner. “But we also still had places were we could have picked up a few points.”
Alexander defeated Sprayberry, 66-12. Going undefeated on the evening were London Dubroc (106 pounds), Bryce Hollomon (120), Kalib Daniel (132), Roman Boylen (138), Willy Dieckmann (145), Matt Beske (160), Justin Beske (195). Jordan Pounds and Spencer Gray both went 1-0 at heavyweight.
Moistner was particularly impressed with the performance of Daniel at 132.
“This was his first time cutting down to that weight and he did a good job wrestling through the feeling you get when you make weight the first time,” Moistner said. “The lineup is starting to develop to where we want it to be.”
Austin Starnes at 113, went 1-1, winning his match against Sprayberry, but falling in a very close 5-3 match to his South Paulding opponent. Same Allbritton at 170, also picked up a victory.
Muhammad Ansari did not wrestle so that he could recover from a recent illness.
Also wrestling on the evening was former Alexander state champion at 106 pounds, Trae Green. Green, who is competing for Life as a freshman, won his match at 125.
“It was exciting to get to see him and I let a lot of the JV guys know that he was once at Alexander,” Moistner said. “He is small for 125 but the coach is excited about his development. He has a motor, he just needs to put on more weight.”
Life’s wrestling team is ranked 11th in the nation. Truett-McConnell is ranked in the high 20’s.