COVINGTON - Alcovy's 171-pounder Trey Twiford not only went undefeated at the Baldwin Brawl, he was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler as the Tigers won the tournament.
The MVP award came as a surprise to not only Twiford, but to coach Mike Mostek as well.
"We went in and gave our record and got our trophy and our medals and we were walking out," Mostek said. "They were like, 'Hey, we've got an MVP award that goes to your 171 (wrestler).' The kid from Houston County won 36 straight matches and (Twiford) beat him 8-0 in the finals, so all the coaches felt like he was the most valuable wrestler."
Also going 4-0 were John Seymore (103), Jay DeRojas (119), Zach Barton (125), Adam Pollard (130), Travis Knight (135), John Pollard (145), Malachi Outlaw (160), T.C. Jackson (189) and David Jones (285).
The Tigers won their side of the pool by defeating Southwest Macon, Northeast Macon and Central Macon.
In the championship match against Class AAAAA opponent Houston County, Alcovy took care of business and beat the Bears 45-30.
While the Tigers continue to improve with every match, the win at the Brawl came at a high cost.
"We got first place as a team, but it came at an expense, our 215 (William Ledford) got injured. He'll be out four or five weeks," Mostek said. "It hurts losing our 215 because we don't have anyone to replace him. We're just going to keep wrestling and see how it goes. We'll have to wait and see."
South Metro Tournament
Three individual tournament champions, one second, one third and a fourth were enough to give Eastside a second-place finish in the South Metro Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Union Grove won the tournament with 312.50 points followed by Eastside (185), McIntosh (166.50), Ola (154.50) and Henry County (146). Rockdale finished 10th with 107 points.
Newton had one wrestler finish in the top four for his weight class and finished 15th overall.
"The boys did an outstanding job in our first ever appearance in the South Metro," Eastside coach Brandon Blakeman said. "Not only did we have six placers, many of the younger boys who didn't place had an outstanding tournament as well."
Cody Durden (103), Trevor Bailey (135) and Ardest Carter (189) walked away as the top wrestlers of their weight classes, giving Eastside three tournament champions.
Last year's Class AAAA 103 state champion Joel Stafford finished the tournament in second place, losing 5-4 to last year's Class AAA 119 state champion Evan Warrington from Henry County. The Stafford-Warrington match was named the Most Outstanding Finals Match of the two-day event.
Eastside's Brandon Cole (130) took third place while David Bender (152) grabbed fourth.
At 119, Newton's Corey Ware finished fourth with an overall record of 6-2.
Newton's Joey Joseph (140) and Allen Amancio (215) finished above the .500 mark. Joseph went 4-2 while Amancio was 3-2.
Daniel Lewis (125), Daniel Mendoza (135), Hosea Hines (171) and freshman Aaron Reynolds (130) were all 2-2 for the Rams.