All in all, January has been a month to remember for Troup High School.
So far this month the Tiger wrestlers have finished fourth in the Class AAAA State Duals in the Macon Coliseum. Troup High also nailed down another county wrestling championship with a pair of massive wins over LaGrange High, 71-0 and Callaway, 72-9.
Where that leaves the Troup Tigers is with a sea of satisifaction, along with a dual meet record of 41-4. The Tigers are getting back to being an elite wrestling program under head coach Craig Garner.
And, by the way, the Troup High wrestlers are in the habit of taking no prisoners.
“Our guys know how to compete. We want them setting goals. The ultimate prize is the state championship. We have experience and depth. We have come a long way,” said Garner, a disciple of Troup High coaching legend Dariel Daniel (nine state wrestling titles).
The Tigers are close to becoming a state championship program once again. Troup High is not there, but the Tigers are determined to reach that level in the near future.
“We have a work ethic and an aggressive style. The coaches push us,” said Tiger sophomore wrestler Darius Hanson (113 pounds).
Hanson won five of six matches at the State Duals. Troup High also got an undefeated tournament from three wrestlers – Quenton Kersey (195 pounds), Chase Seals (132, 138 pounds) and Scott Hicks (160 pounds).
Seals, Kersey and Hicks were all 6-0 in two days in Macon.
“We’re creating a winning environment. We saw the opportunity, and we took advantage. Our guys are buying in. We’re taking a step in the right direction. Our team is practicing when other guys are at home playing with video games,” said Tigers assistant coach Drew Garner.
Teddy Harris, a senior, is one of those Troup High wrestlers with a good motor and some high intensity. Harris is a winner with a season record of 65-10 with 29 pins.
“We want to be on top, and we want to work. We have better techniques,” said Harris, the 152-pound wrestler.
The Tigers also have a fourth place State Tournament trophy and the county championship.
“We’re making some strides. We can wrestle with any team in the state,” said Drew Garner.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer