come state tournament time.”
Alcovy made its first ever appearance at the South Metro Invitational.
The Tigers (ranked No. 14 in AAAA) made a statement by dominating the tournament with great performances all around.
Adam Pollard (135) and David Jones (285) placed second and Travis Knight took home third place honors.
Jon Seymour (103) placed fourth while Malachi Outlaw (160) and Jacob Roberson (189) placed sixth.
The Tigers finished in the top- 10 at the Invitational.
Newton showed much improvement at the invitational from a year ago.
However, with a young and inexperienced group, the Rams struggled for much of the twoday tournament.
“We didn’t do as well as we would have liked to [at the South Metro],” said Newton coach Wes Cooper. “We made some mistakes (here and there) which is good because we could learn from these mistakes and get better.”
Hosea Hines was the only Rams’ wrestler to earn a medal by placing fifth in the 189-pound division.
Sophomore sensation, Aaron Reynolds dominated much of the tournament only to come up short, losing to Alcovy’s Knight in the consolation match.
Ricki Moore and Brandon Lawson also wrestled excellently for the Rams for much of tournament but, again, came up short of medaling by one match.
The level of intense competition at the South Metro Invitational may have been a bit intimidating for the young and inexperienced Ram squad. Yet Cooper took the experience from the South Metro to better his troops for the remainder of the season.
“We weren’t prepare for the atmosphere (at the South Metro),” he said. “I take the blame for that, but that will not happen again.”