COVINGTON - Two of the three Newton schools swept their tri-matches Tuesday with Alcovy and Newton beating both schools while Eastside beat Lithonia but lost to Union Grove as they get ready for the South Metro Tournament starting today at Henry County High School.
Alcovy swept its meet, beating Eagle's Landing 78-6 and area opponent North Clayton 72-12.
Newton had wins over Winder-Barrow (73-3) and Social Circle (51-29) while Class AAA No. 3-ranked Eastside beat Lithonia 74-3 but lost to Class AAAAA No. 2-ranked Union Grove 54-15.
Newton had eight wrestlers win both matches helping the Rams score 124 points in the two matches combined.
Winning both matches were Corey Ware (125-pound weight class), Ryan Mitchell (119), Ricki Moore (160), Michael Morgan (285), Allen Ammancio (215), Carl Collins (130), Michael Hiott (112) and TJ Jones (135) were all 2-0 on the night.
"I am looking forward to South Metro this weekend and interested to see how our guys respond to that type of atmosphere and competition. We will be without several starters in Corey Ware and Ricki Moore," Newton coach Wes Cooper said. "I am looking for a couple of the young guys to step up and pick up the slack."
Four wrestlers from Eastside were able to win both matches but most fell victim to the No. 2-ranked Wolverines.
Going 2-0 for the Eagles were Brandon Gatt (103), Michael Green (130), Jonathan Palmer (160) and Tommy Williams (189).
Of the four wrestlers, Palmer was the only one to win both matches by falls.
Splitting their matches were Danny Gatt (119), Joel Stafford (125), Dalton Bragg (135), Sage Allen (140), Andrew Green (145), Johnathan Hilley (152), Dalton Temple (171), Lincoln Temple (215) and Phillip King (285).
One thing that hurt the Eagles in the tri-match, the same thing that will hinder their efforts at the South Metro, is that they are not at full strength yet.
"We should still have a good showing at the tournament and I expect a strong finish at the end of Saturday. The South Metro is one of the better tournaments in the state (aside from the state tournaments) and provides some excellent competition," Eastside coach Brandon Blakeman said. "It will be a great tournament to use as an evaluation tool to see what things we need to work on before we get into the area and state part of the schedule."
The Tigers did not do a lot of actual wrestling in their tri-match against North Clayton and Eagle's Landing.
Of the 28 matches, 19 were won by forfeit.
Of the remaining nine matches, Alcovy won six of them all by pins.
Earning their wins were Malachi Outlaw (160), Jacob Roberson (189), David Jones (285) and Adam Pollard (135).
Outlaw and Jones won both of their matches.