Chapel Hill opened the 2014-15 wrestling season on Saturday at the Lanier High School Longhorn Duals. The Panthers carried only six grapplers to the tournament and were not able to compete with their opponents in team points, dropping matches to Greater Atlanta Christian, Berkmar, Forsyth Central, and the host school.
“We were outgunned against GAC and Forsyth Central. GAC brought back three state placers from last year,” said CHHS coach Marcus Harley. “We were pretty evenly matched against Berkmar and Lanier.”
Chapel Hill was led through the duals by Jamel George, Hunter Hutson and Theron Coulter. George went 2-2 at 182-pounds and Hutson was 2-2 at 145. Both are returners from last year’s squad.
“Jamel picked up where he left off last year and is getting better with his shots. He made some good attempts which had me encouraged that he will be able to go to the next level,” Harley said. “Hunter wrestled well and did a good job leading the team.”
Coulter, a freshman, went 1-3 at 132 pounds.
“I was impressed because out of all the new guys, you could tell he had the most upswing in terms of learning curve. He is going to progress faster than the other new guys.”
Chapel Hill’s top grappler and state placer last year, Malcolm Hornes did not compete due to a college visit.
“Overall I was happy about the team’s enthusiasm and ability to come in and learn,” Harley said. “I was forthright with them coming in and they are going to take their lumps. But they have to not get discouraged going up against kids with a lot more experience. If they remain hungry and coachable then the results will start to show in late December or early January.