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Tigers repeat as Newton Cup wrestling champions

COVINGTON —Alcovy’s wrestling team again proved that they are the best in Newton County having no trouble in retaining the Newton Cup beating Newton 49-21 and Eastside 51-21 on Tuesday.

Eight of Alcovy’s 14 wrestlers finished their matches with spotless records. Winning both their matches were Darryl Nichols (106-pound weight division), Jonathan Carlson (126), Jake Hendrix (138), Chris Dubois (145), Austin Richardson (160), Parfait Fondseyuf (170), Kamari Williams (195) with Justin Howell (152) winning the only match he participate in.

The Rams came close to going 1-1 in the tournament but ended up losing to Eastside by six points finishing 0-2.

“We saw some good things I think you’re hard pressed to say we did awesome if you didn’t win both. But overall, there weer some solid things we took take away from it,” Eastside head coach Earl Larimer said. “I think some of the veterans did do well and stepped up and some of the young guys showed good signs of really developing.”

Keeping Eastside in front of Newton winning all their matches were Rod Boley (113), Levi Leach (120), Misha Felton (132), Mitchell Troutman (182) and Garrett Yates (195).

“One match could have changed that,” Newton head coach Ryan Angel said. “Against Alcovy my senior, Shaidren Carter at the 182 weight class, hurt his ankle. He finished the match but was unable to wrestle against Eastside. We have a few other injuries that we are working through and hope to have those guys back soon.

“My guys wrestled hard and worked to help the team be the best they could. We just couldn’t put it together (Tuesday) night.”

All three schools will be back on the mat Friday and Saturday as they compete in the South Metro Traditional Tournament at Alcovy.

“We are hoping to improve in time for Area 2-AAAAAA Team Duals tournament on January, 4 when we’ll see Alcovy again and more great competition,” Angel said. “We will work to get all the pieces in place and will be back on the Mats on Friday and Saturday when we take 14 to the South Metro Traditional Tournament hosted at Alcovy.”