After a strong showing at the Southern Slam wrestling tournament in Greenville, South Carolina over the weekend, the Alexander Cougars are primed for another dominating run for the rest of the 2014 season.
With 32 teams representing several states, the Alexander Cougars were able to walk away with an fourth place finish against some very stiff competition in one of the toughest wrestling meets held in the south. Schools from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were present at the weekend's tournament.
Lawrenceville's Archer High School took home the top honors and defending South Carolina state champion Bowling Point High School finished second. Defending Alabama state champion Thompson High School finished just ahead of the Cougars in third.
"This gives us a gauge of just what we can do," said Alexander coach Sean Moistner.
Roman Boylen had a perfect showing at the tournament and went undefeated to take the first place spot in the 138 class. Boylen certainly impressed and took the class in a 17-4 final decision.
"Roman dominated the tournament in his class of course", said coach Daryk Cochran. "He was so strong throughout and no one could take him."
Bryce Holloman, competing at 120, finished in fourth place overall after losing to Archer's Vinny Artigues.
"We were really proud of Bryce's effort and he is such a tough guy", said Cochran.
Willy Dieckmann brought home second in the 145 class and Cochran said he was just one mistake away from possibly winning out his class. Mohammad Ansari was third in the 182 spot and Justin Beske topped out in the 195 class in seventh place against some very tough opposition.
"Justin wrestled extremely well for us and looked good to get some wins in some tough matches," said Cochran. "He really impressed us and is starting to come around as a strong wrestler for us. He is really starting to get into good wrestling condition."
The Cougars almost had ten placing finishers, with five athletes just barely missing out. London DuBroc (106), Austin Starnes (113), Sean Seepersad (126), Kalib Daniel (132) and Matthew Beske (152) were all one spot away from top positions.
Cochran said that both he and Moistner were very pleased that every wrestler came out and scored points. He also said that this tournament showed them exactly what areas need the most improvements.
"Once we get to the state level, we need every wrestler to score points and they showed us they can do that," said Cochran. "They proved that against some very strong competition here."