After two days of strenuous wrestling the Troup High Tigers were using the “D” word. Did somebody mention dominating?
Yes, they did. Troup High was by far the best team on the wrestling mat in the Dariel Daniel Grind on Thursday and Friday in the Tiger gymnasium. Troup High took on nine teams and thoroughly whipped nine teams.
Most of the scores were out of this wrestling world. For instance, Troup High beat Jones County, 63-6. The Tigers then walloped East Coweta, 39-18. Troup High won again against Mt. Zion with a 60-9 waxing.
The Tigers also unloaded on the Holy Innocent Bears, 64-10. Troup High was having such a good time it wrestled East Coweta again. The Tigers from THS won that re-match, 57-12. On and on it went for the Troup High wrestling team. In the tournament finals the Tigers took Carrollton High School behind the woodshed. Troup High won that last match, 48-30.
The Tigers also beat Central Carrollton, 45-36 in the two-day tournament. Troup High played no favorites. The Tigers spanked everybody. When the tournament began, the Tigers were a solid 16-5, and when the invitational concluded, Troup High was a blistering 25-5.
“Every 45 minutes we were wrestling. We weren’t satisfied just to win. We want perfection, and we want to get better,” said Troup High head wrestling coach Craig Garner.
In the championship match against Carrollton, Troup High was ultra-dramatic with pins coming from the likes of Chase Seals at 145 pounds, Scott Hicks in the 152-pound division, Graham Finlay at 160 pounds, Michael Irvin at 220 pounds and Darius Hanson in the 126-pound class. Tiger junior Colby Harry also won with a pin in the first period in the heavyweight match.
“We were fine tuning everything. We had a lot of guys step up,” said Seals.
He and Hicks, both Troup High seniors, went the whole tournament without losing. Seals and Hicks went a combined 18-0 with 18 pins. That is perfection, at least it was in the Dariel Daniel Grind.
“We fought every second, tooth and nail. And when you pin someone that is utter domination. It is always great to hear the mat being slapped,” said Hicks, who is 35-1 on the season with 34 pins.
Irvin had a perfect tournament, too, for Troup High. Irvin went 9-0 with four pins and five decisions.
“We stayed focused, and we worked our moves,” said Irvin.
Senior Brantly Robinson also wrestled like a champion for the Tigers in the 145-pound weight division. Robinson outworked his competitors – most of them – as he won six of seven matches.
“I stayed with my techniques. You have to work, to win,” said Robinson.