CONYERS - The Alcovy wrestling team got a boost of confidence Tuesday night at Salem High School, sweeping a tri-meet with county rival Newton and Area 8-AAAA foe Salem.
With only days remaining before the Area 8-AAAA duals begin in Athens, the Tigers conquered the Rams 48-24 before beating Salem 60-18.
Alcovy coach Mike Mostek said the tri-meet was a great opportunity for his team to get one last tune-up before the duals.
"We've had a layoff for three weeks, so for our guys to come out tonight and get two wins against Newton and Salem was very big for us," Mostek said.
Alcovy opened its match with Newton by winning the first five matches. Trey Twiford (171-pound), T.C. Jackson (189), William Ledford (215), David Jones (285) and Jon Seymour (103) all knotted wins to give Alcovy a sizable head start.
And although Newton won five of the next six matches, the Tigers closed out the match with three straight wins to clinch the victory.
Other wins by Alcovy were turned in by Adam Pollard (130), John Pollard (145), Steven Williams (152) and Malachi Outlaw (160).
Newton notched wins from Ryan Mitchell (112), Corey Ware (119), Carl Collins (125), Daniel Mendoza (135) and Joey Joseph (140).
Against Salem, the Tigers proved even more dominant, losing just three matches.
Alcovy's Zach Barton (125), Adam Pollard (130), Reid (140), Outlaw (160), Twiford (171), Jackson (189), Ledford (215) and Jones all earned wins on the mat. Alcovy's Seymore (103), Tyler Thompson (112) and Jay DeRojas (119) were also awarded wins as Salem had to forfeit its three lowest weight classes.
Newton won its earlier match against Salem to give the Rams a split on the night, something coach Chris Andrews was not disappointed with considering the level of competition.
"Alcovy wrestled very strong. They're a great team, and coach Mostek is a great coach," Andrews said. "Our kids wrestled very well against Salem, too. Overall, I was very happy with the way our kids wrestled tonight. We still have a few things that we need to tweak, but overall, I'm not upset with their performance tonight."
Earning wins against Salem were Collins (125), Daniel Mendoza (135), Joseph (140), Daniel Thompson (160), Hosea Hines (189), Allen Amanico (215) and Michael Fellows (285).
The Rams are gearing up for the Area 2-AAAAA duals, which begin Friday at Redan High School.
For Salem coach Tim Owens, youth and a lack of numbers have hindered the overall success of the program this season.
Still, Owens isn't about to give up with so much still up for grabs.
"We looked like we were tired tonight, and we shouldn't be tired," Owens said. "We wrestle enough and do enough at practice that we shouldn't look tired. We're just going to have to work harder at practice. We didn't look terrible overall, but we didn't look as sharp as we should."
Salem was led by Peter Yates (145) and Sammy Ahonen (152) who both went 2-0 on the night. Terry Millner (135) and Joe Morovich (171) each went 1-1 on the mats.
Both Salem and Alcovy will join the rest of 8-AAAA on Friday at Clarke Central in Athens for Day 1 of the Area 8-AAAA duals.
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