They insisted upon it, from the freshmen to the seniors.
In no way did they fall short either. The Tigers from Troup High outhustled Central Carrollton and every other team in the vicinity for the Area 5AAAATraditional wrestling championship on Saturday, Jan. 27 in LaGrange.
Troup High got what it earned. The Tigers are the absolute No. 1 in this area. “We’re aggressive, and we’re always on the attack. We want to win, and we want the state title. The sky is the limit,” said Tiger senior wrestler Trevor Upchurch (126 pounds).
Troup High’s Byron Butts, the 195-pound grappler, also has some inside information and moves. Butts knows what makes Troup High the best wrestling team in the area.
“We have better techniques. We have a lot of power, and we have the eye of the Tiger,” said Butts.
He is a senior leader for Troup High, as is Brantly Robinson. Troup High’s Robinson wrestles in the 132-pound division. He’s an area champion, and he fully expected that in his final season on the mat for THS.
“We wrestle hard, and we aren’t afraid (of anything or any opponent),” said Robinson.
That describes the Tigers from mat-to-mat. Troup High has more strengths than weak links.
“We have a work ethic, and we are turning this team into a brotherhood. Our wrestlers know our expectations. We have goals, and these guys are doing it,” said Tigers assistant wrestling coach Drew Garner.
Troup High knows how to take it to the limit. The Tigers make use of every second in every match. Eight Troup High wrestlers won area individual titles with junior Pearson Strickland at 113 pounds, Upchurch at 126 pounds, Robinson at 132 pounds, senior Chase Seals at 145 pounds, Scott Hicks at 152 pounds, Butts at 195 pounds, sophomore Michael Irvin at 220 pounds and junior Colby Harry in the heavyweight class.
“We want to compete, and we want to win. Our wrestlers are stepping up,” said Garner.
The Tiger wrestlers are bringing honor and points to the Troup High team. Four more Tigers finished second in the area in their respective weight classes. Troup High’s area runnerups include junior Darius Hanson (120 pounds), sophomore Cade Garner (138 pounds), junior Graham Finlay (160 pounds) and senior Quentin Kersey (170 pounds).
“We have a group of guys who know how to start and finish,” said Garner.