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Wrestling: Tallassee tops Stanhope Elmore

Published 12:42pm Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Tallassee High School wrestling added two more victories to their win column Friday when they defeated the Class 6A Stanhope Elmore Mustangs and the Class 5A Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles in a home tri-meet.
The Tigers (25-3) had beaten the Mustangs in a previous tournament, but this was their first and only scheduled meeting during the 2013-14 season. THS prevailed 53-20, and later topped BTW 74 –0. The Golden Eagles did not bring a full contingent of wrestlers.
Against Stanhope Elmore, several wrestlers who had been given forfeit wins still wrestled exhibition matches against opponents in close-but-not-exact weight classes, just for experience.

THS's Robbie Rygiel takes down SEHS's Logan Smith. Photo by Willie G. Moseley
THS’s Robbie Rygiel takes down SEHS’s Logan Smith. Photo by Willie G. Moseley

“I think the score was very similar,” Tallassee co-head coach John Mask said of previous matches against SEHS this year. “Most of the matches were also similar in their outcomes. D.J. (Rivers) got a forfeit but we wanted him to wrestle to build himself back up. Steven Turner’s (113-pound) opponent was sick, so he wrestled their 106-pound guy.”
Co-head coach Jared Jones spent most of the meet with the junior varsity team, which also won their match against Stanhope Elmore.
“There really weren’t any surprises tonight,” Mask summarized.
The Mustangs grabbed the first 60 points in the dual against the Golden Eagles before settling for a 60-6 victory.
BTW’s heavyweight Tyrell Williams pinned Kip Willis for his team’s lone win in the tri-meet.
In the five other bouts, Stanhope Elmore grapplers all earned pinfalls. Travis Gartman (132-pound) got things rolling for SEHS with a pin over Rakim Surge.
Brandon Householder (138-pound), Charlie Stephens (160-pound), Logan Smith (170-pound) and Harry Walker (220-pound) all won their matches.
Tallassee travels to Wetumpka High School on Thursday. Stanhope hosts Carver-Montgomery Tuesday and Chelsea Thursday.

Herald sports editor Cory Diaz contributed to this report.

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