For the 12th consecutive year, the Alexander wrestling team dominated the field at the annual Douglas County Wrestling Championship meet on Wednesday. The Cougars had 10 grapplers go perfect against their local competition.
“I am extremely happy with our performance,” said AHS coach Sean Moistner. “We sat three returning state placers and were able to get our young guys some valuable mat time.”
Alexander defeated Lithia Springs, 63-8, in the opening round, and followed that with wins over New Manchester (63-12), Chapel Hill (82-0) and Douglas County (66-12).
Going 4-0 on the evening for Alexander were London Dubroc (106-pounds), Bryce Hollomon (120), Logan Dasaro (126), Kalib Daniel (132), Shane Hornsby (170), Sam Allbritton (182), Justin Beske (190) and Spencer Gray (220). Austin Starnes (113) finished 3-0 and Vinnie Ferrara (113) went 1-0.
New Manchester and Lithia Springs tied for second place in the tourney with 2-1-1 records. The Jaguars defeated Douglas County, 42-28, and Chapel Hill, 60-12.
“I really believe the the guys wrestled some tough matches,” said NMHS coach Raymond Leonard. “We are a young program, heading into our fourth year. We have bonded as a team and it is an honor to coach these guys in their senior year.”
The Lions defeated Chapel Hill, 60-18, and Douglas County, 48-24. Justin Harris went undefeated at 145 and Jordan Harris did the same at 152.
“We showed excellent growth this week from the Cross Bone Duals,” said LSHS coach David Dalton. “The boys showed good composure and sportsmanship. This is my first county competition in Douglas County and I was most impressed with the overall level of sportsmanship and competition.
In the head to head match, the Jaguars and Lions tied, 30-30. Lithia’s Many Laidlaw picked up a clutch win against the Jags to tie the match.
Douglas County finished fourth overall with a record of 1-3. They defeated Chapel Hill, 54-12. DeOnta Coker and Kalum Lo-Vargas went 3-0. Eric Reece and Adrian Nicely were 2-1. Sydney Martin went 1-0.
“I was very proud of how the young goys competed and continued to show great resiliency,” said DCHS coach Corey Harris. “DeOnta and Kalum led the way with great wins in some tough weight classes.”
Chapel Hill hosted the event and went 0-4. Head coach Marcus Harley said his team is young and still learning, but he hopes that the school will start making a bigger impact in the sport in the next two years. The Panthers are competing without a full squad.