Some hot-blooded wrestlers will walk through the doors at Troup High tomorrow for the start of the Annual Dariel Daniel Grind.
The wrestling field is stacked with 11 teams, including Mt. Zion from Atlanta, East Coweta, Carrollton, Jones County out of Gray, Central Carrollton and Troup High. There is not a heavy favorite in the two-day tournament, which will commence at 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
This will be an “up for grabs” kind of event in the Troup High gym. And the host Troup High Tigers would like to take a step up in this tournament. The Tigers, 16-5 on the season, expect to wrestle with an attitude.
“With 10 matches in two days, this is going to be a grind,” said Troup High head wrestling coach Craig Garner.
But the Tigers know they are in the hunt for that first place trophy.
“We want to win every match. We want to win the tournament, and we want to get better,” said Garner.
Troup High will have to dig deep. Not every match is going to be won with a pin, although the Tigers will try. Troup High is going to have to bear down, something that it hasn’t done all the time this season.
“We need consistency. We have a lot of expectations,” said Tiger senior wrestler Chase Seals (145pound division).
Troup High also has the senior experience and the Tiger mentality of Scott Hicks. He will lead from the 152-pound weight class.
“We want to win it, but we haven’t been wrestling the way we need to. This tournament is going to be pivitol. It is all about preparing. We can win if we stick to what we know,” said Hicks.
The Tigers expect to have a shot at winning in every weight class in the Dariel Daniel Grind. The “almost ready” lineup for the Tigers includes junior Pearson Strickland at 113 pounds; either Dylan Hayes, Ethan Morton or freshman Josh Tunnel at 120 pounds; either junior Darius Hanson or senior Trevor Upchurch in the 126-pound division; senior Brantly Robinson at 132 pounds; sophomore Cade Garner at 138 pounds; Chase Seals at 145 pounds; Scott Hicks at 152 pounds; Graham Finlay at 160 pounds; junior Kameron Clements at 170 pounds; senior Quenton Kersey in the 182-pound class; senior Byron Butts at 195 pounds; either sophomore Michael Irvin or junior Riley Bowles at 220 pounds; and junior Colby Harry in the heavyweight division.