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Tigers win first-ever state berth

COVINGTON - Alcovy's wrestling team made school history with its second place finish in the Area 4-AAAA team dual championship Saturday at Ola.

The Tigers' second-place finish guaranteed them a trip to Macon for the Class AAAA dual championship Friday and Saturday.

"The kids are excited. It's the first time for the school to go there, and we're just happy to be there," Alcovy coach Mike Mostek said. "It's a good feeling."

Although it was a team effort, leading the way to Macon were the Tigers' big five.

"We've got our five guys that we're counting on. At 103, Jon Seymour, Adam Pollard at 135, Travis Knight (140), Malachi Outlaw (160) and David Jones (285) all came through for us," Mostek said. "I think those guys getting wins it helped carry us over. Those five played a big role in us making it to the state tournament."

The Tigers started the day with a 51-24 win over Stockbridge.

Alcovy began with a forfeit win in the 119-pound weight division to take a 6-0 lead, and they never looked back.

After splitting the next two matches, Pollard and Knight pinned their opponents to take a 21-3 lead.

Alcovy advanced to the next round with wins by Alex Granada (152), Curnelius Dorsey (215), Outlaw and Jones.

"After we beat Stockbridge, our confidence built. I felt like our team thought we had a good shot after the Stockbridge match because they ended up getting third. That was a big confidence boost, getting through that first match," Mostek said.

Against Dutchtown, Zach Barton at 125 gave the Tigers an early 3-0 lead with a 10-2 win.

Dutchtown took over on points before losing it again after pins by Pollard, Knight and Outlaw.

Alcovy regained a 27-18 lead before losing the next two matches to give Dutchtown a 27-30 advantage.

Once again, Jones was called to bring life back to the Tigers as he started a trend to close the bout with four pins to give Alcovy the 54-30 win.

"The last four is where we got our lead on them," Mostek said.

Extending the lead given to Alcovy by Jones were Seymour, Tyler Thompson (112) and Calvin Dallas (119).

Alcovy trailed Ola, who is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAA, 12-7 before a pin by Outlaw at 160 gave them a one point advantage at 13-12.

The Tigers added to their lead by six points on a forfeit win at 171 before Ola came back to take the lead back by five points, 24-19.

Wins by Jones and Seymour put Alcovy back on top by a 25-24 margin with four matches left.

"In the Ola match, it was close until the end. We were winning going into the 112 match. Then we got pinned at 112, 119, 125 and 130," Mostek said. "They didn't clinch it until the 125 match. They wrestled their full line up the whole way."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.