“It was a workman like performance from us,” said AHS coach Sean Moistner. “We were able to get some things accomplish in regards to training.”
“It was good to get some mat time with anyone but us,” he added. “The more duals we wrestle the better prepared we will be.”
A good sized crowd showed up to see the masterful artwork on the mat, though Moistner will admit some work still has to be done.”
“It’s a learning experience,” he said.”
Individually, the Cougars got several strong performances on the night.
Freshman Austin Starnes picked up a pin-fall victory in his 106-pound match, despite weighing only 89 pounds.
“He has to wrestle in a position where he is smaller than everyone else,” Moistner said. “He did a great job today.”
Bryce Holloman also had a strong performance in his 120-pound match. Holloman is returning from an injury and Moistner believes he has finally turned the corner as far as the injury is concerned.
Cody Dixon picked up a pin at 152.
“He had a kid that tried to wrestle with him,” Moistner said.
DeAndre Sims picked up a pin at 182-pounds.
“A lot of kids try to run from him because of his size and athleticism,” Moistner said. “They don’t want to stand in the middle of the mat. He needs to learn how to be patient.”
Returning state champion Roman Boylen returned to the mat for the first time this season after recovering from an ankle injury and picked up a pin.
“He looked good,” Moistner said. “He was able to get the pin right before he earned a tech fall.”
Alexander will now turn its attention to a massive tournament over the weekend. The Cougars will compete in the Southern Slam held in Greenville, South Carolina. The Southern Slam will host 40 schools, including seven teams ranked in the southeast. College coaches will be on hand recruiting from teams from Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
AHS has three kids ranked in the top-six in the traditional style tourney, Boylen, Dixon, and Sims.
Three Georgia teams will be in the tourney, including Alexander (2nd ranked team in AAAA), Woodward Academy (top ten in AAA), and Parkview (top ten in AAAAAA).
The tourney will kickoff Friday at 5:30 p.m. and continue Saturday at 8:30 a.m.