COVINGTON - Alcovy wrestling coach Mike Mostek is hoping to piece together a team that is good enough to take second place in the Area 4-AAAA Duals Tournament held Saturday at Ola High School.
Forcing Mostek to make changes is a rash of injuries and a lack of depth in the team.
"We started off losing Trey Twiford, who was a captain. Then we lost John Pollard, who was a captain, and William Ledford, who was a captain. We lost about five kids, and we just don't have the depth to replace them," Mostek said.
"The kids we have (replacing them) are fine for JV; they're just not ready for varsity. When you start putting those kids in instead of our kid that could have won those matches, we're getting pinned in those weight classes."
Alcovy is fighting for one of the two top spots in the area, so that they can grab a chance to compete in the Class AAAA State Duals Championship next week in Macon.
"We want to make it to the state duals since we missed it by one point last year," the Alcovy coach said.
Poised to win the area championship is Ola, who is the Class AAAA No. 6 ranked team according to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association poll.
Trying to get the second spot is going to be a real battle between Alcovy, Stockbridge, Dutchtown and Mt. Zion.
Mostek knows that if any team gets too confident, Jonesboro can sneak in and earn the second spot.
"Ola is the top team, for sure. They're heads and shoulders over everybody," he said. "The rest of us are all about even; I don't know who will win. I guess it's whoever shows up healthy and wrestles the best that day."
Giving Alcovy its best chance for a win are Malachi Outlaw, (160-pound weight class), Adam Pollard (135), Jon Seymour (103), Travis Knight (140) and David Jones (285).
"Those five are probably our five strongest weight class of the bunch right there," Mostek added.
Zach Barton (125), Quinton Collins (145) and Steven Williams (171) could also play a big role in Alcovy's outcome if Mostek can get them in the lineup.
"We need to get healthy and stay focused. They need to understand the team concept of getting the bonus points when they have the opportunity. If we can pin at six weight classes, we could win most of these dual meets," Mostek said. "We just need to find the key guys that we could bump up or down in order to get the pin. It's also strategy of trying to figure out the other team's lineup."
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