Alexander traveled to Parkview High School on Wednesday to compete in their third duals tournament in two weeks. The Cougars have opened the season with plenty of matches under their belt. The Parkview Duals marked the third time AHS has reached the championship match, finishing second each time.
The Cougars opened the duals in Lilburn with a 44-24 win over Peachtree Ridge. They dominated East Coweta in the second round, 59-11. In the quarterfinals, AHS beat Luella, 57-24. Alexander continued to roll in the semifinals, beating Union Grove 46-25.
In the championship match, AHS took on AA state runner up Social Circle. The opposing team dominated, beating the Cougars, 62-10.
“They are solid from top to bottom,” said AHS coach Sean Moistner. “I will be surprised if anyone beats them this year.”
Alexander had three grapplers go undefeated. Roman Boylen led the charge with a 5-0 performance at 145. Willy Dieckmann went 5-0 at 152 and Muhammad Ansari, despite being sick, went 5-0 at 182.
“Roman looked good and is wrestling well. He is starting to get to his set weight and is doing the things we ask him to do,” Moistner said. “Willy is looking great and was good on his feet today. He is a hammer on top.”
“We forced Muhammad to wrestle through being sick today so he can learn to wrestle with adversary,” Moistner added. “He beat a state runner up from Social Circle.”
Bryce Hollomon at 126 and Brandon Duncan at 106, both went 4-1. Each impressed Moistner with their performance. Hollomon’s lone loss was against a returning state placer from Social Circle.
“He made a couple of mistakes but it is nothing we can’t fix,” Moistner said.
Overall, Moistner is pleased with what he has seen from the team early in the season.
“We have wrestled well the first three matches,” Moistner said. “I think we got overwhelmed by Social Circle, but the kids can learn and get better from it. The kids are getting their weight down and improving and if we continue on this path then we will be able to push for a state title in February and January.”
Coach Daryk Cockran echoed the sentiment saying the kids wrestled tough and continue to improve.
The Cougars will be back in action on Dec. 3 when they travel to Life University for a match with Sprayberry and South Paulding.