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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.”

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