COVINGTON - Alcovy's wrestling team showed the Forest Park Panthers that the new kids on the block meant business with a 74-6 win Thursday.
Of the nine matches the Tigers contested, they won eight while pinning their opponents six times. Alcovy also benefited from five forfeits.
"This is our first region win. We had six pins and you have to be happy with the pins. But, at the same time, I saw a lot of little mistakes we have to work on," Alcovy coach Mike Mostek said. "We just have to continue to work on them and hopefully improve as the season goes on."
Although the Tigers made some mistakes, they also had some impressive moves they just learned.
William Ledford (171 pounds) had a couple of fireman carries, while Ledford and Dakota Papke (152) showed their talents by escaping from the down position.
"We worked on the bottom trying to beat the guy on the whistle and I think it paid off. We worked on that on Monday," Mostek said. "We added two moves on take downs and I think some of the guys are going out here trying the moves."
David Jones started things for the Tigers (3-0) with a 1:15 pin of Nigel Hall at 285.
Following five forfeit wins, Adam Pollard (135), Travis Knight (140) and Qunitin Collins (145) continued the trend, including a 15-second pin by Collins over Dominique Webb.
Papke scored five points for Alcovy after Quintavious Gilbert was disqualified following three technical violations.
Also getting pins were Malachi Outlaw (160) and Jacob Roberson (189), while Ledford had a 12-6 win over Jose Dimas.
"We still have a lot of work to do but it's still early in the season," Mostek said. "Some of my kids work hard every day, and, as long as they keep working hard and do as the coaches ask, I think they'll be fine.
"We still need to work on conditioning. After they get another five or six matches under their belt, they should be in better shape. We wrestle in practice, but it's nothing like a live match. We run, we wrestle, we do lots of stuff and hopefully we'll keep improving condition-wise and technique-wise and learn the sport."
Manny Fils can be reached at email@example.com.