Alexander opened their stretch run for the region and state tournaments Saturday by hosting their annual ALX Invitationals. The Cougars dominated the traditional style event, winning by 100,.5 points over second place South Paulding. Rounding out the top four were Harrison and Mountain Brook.
“This is the first time we had everyone down at weight and I am very, very happy,” said AHS coach Sean Moistner. “We talk to the kids every year about this being the beginning of the season and we made some noise.”
Alexander had seven weight class champions in the event. Taking first place at 106-pounds was London DuBroc. Dubroc wrestled some tough kids at the light weight class, and picked up a region pin fall win over a kid from South Paulding in the semifinals. He defeated a tough Harrison kid in the finals, 7-6.
Austin Starnes took first place at 113. He was able to avenge an early season loss to a kid from South Paulding. Bryce Hollomon took the title at 120. He beat a kid from Harrison by pin in what was an overall tough weight class.
Both Roman Boylen and Willy Dieckmann continued to dominate. The pair swept through their opponents, winning each match by pin. Matt Beske took the championship at 152. This was his first time wrestling down from 160 and he did a good job of scoring in the bonus in every match. Wesley Shephard took first at 220. This was his first tourney win.
Also placing on the main team were Spencer Gray (2nd, 285), Sam Allbritton (3rd, 170), Justin Beske (3rd, 195, Logan Dasaro 4th, 126) and Shane Hornsby (4th, 160).
The Cougars also wrestled a second team that had five places. Brandon Duncan (106) and Blake Meherg (220) each placed fourth. Placing fifth were Vinnie Farrara (113), Little Nelson (138), and Cole Driskel (160).
Alexander had freshmen wrestling at 113, 126, 138, and 220.
“I think this is going to be one of the better freshmen classes we have had,” Moistner said. “They have some wrestling experience, but they also have the will to battle. We can teach matt strategy and putting themselves in position to win, but you can either scrap or you can’t and these kids scrap.”
The Cougars were able to win easily despite missing one of their top starters, Muhammad Ansari. Alexander will not compete again until the Area 5-AAAAA tournament, which will be held at AHS on Jan. 9 and 10.