“You are never satisfied but they have done a heck of a job,” said DC coach Jereme Fountain. “We had only one in my first year. It is a great accomplishment.”
The Tigers were led by Quinzavious Sands at heavyweight, who has found a way to turn up his performance on the mat when it matters most. Sands finished third overall at the West Sectionals, winning his final match by pin-fall in 57 seconds. He won his previous match in 49 seconds.
“For us this is big because it only takes one guy to step up and get a taste of that high level to motivate others,” Fountain said. “It is an infectious addiction.”
However, Fountain does not want Sands to just be satisfied with what he has already accomplished.
“i need him to not be happy with just making it took state. I need him to state motivated and look to become a placer,” Fountain said.
DC also had a strong performance from Woodrow Kavannagh, who finished fifth at a very completive 182 division. Also placing for DC are Keywan Gaines (7th, 113), Solomon Greene (8th, 138), TJ Beaird (8th, 170), and Desmond Wareham (8th, 195).
Kalum Lo Vargas will be an alternate, finishing ninth at 132.
The Tigers will compete in the AAAAAA state tourney starting Thursday in Macon.
Khyree Walker saw his 2012-13 undefeated streak come to an end against a kid from Woodward in the Championship Match at the AAA State West Sectionals on Saturday.
Walker traveled to Central-Carroll High School looking for the first seed out of the West but had to settle for the second after getting pinned in the third period of his match. He trailed in the points, 5-4 entering the third.
“It was a tough loss and it is pretty upsetting,” said CHHS coach Marcus Harvey. I am sure he will look at the loss through the right set of lenses and use it as a motivator.”
Keymonte Figures also competed for the Panthers but lost both of his matches on Friday and did not qualify.
Walker will compete at the state tourney in Macon starting Friday.