It was a quality showing for both the Apalachee High School and Winder-Barrow High School wrestling teams this weekend at the AHS Wildcat Round Robin event.
The Mat Bulldoggs, coached by Chad Horne, took third at the event while the host Mat Wildcats, led by Jim Stoudenmire, were fourth. Both coaches agreed it was an impressive showing against some quality opposition.
“The majority of our team placed and that speaks very highly of our wrestling,” Horne said. “It was our best showing of the season and our highest finish at a tournament. To finish third here was really an accomplishment.”
Finishing in the top four for the Mat Bulldoggs were:
•Tristan Yaptengco, 103, second;
•Eric Shepherd, 119, fourth;
•Jacob Johnson, 130, third;
•Jake Bergan, 135, third;
•Brandon Montgomery, 140, fourth;
•Ryan Conner, 145, third;
•Chase Veal, 152, third;
•Zach Gutierrez, 160, fourth;
•Will Whisenant, 189, fourth;
•Austin Stewart, 215, third.
“We were able to finish ahead of Social Circle and Apalachee,” Horne said. “That makes it a good showing. Hopefully we can use this and move forward.”
For the AHS team, Austin Sheppard continued his strong performance for the Mat Wildcats taking first at 155.
Aaron Segars was second at 140 while Aaron Roberts was runner-up at 125.
Blaze Shaw had a quality tournament finishing third at 130. Coty Henson and Cody Boyle took fourth place as did Tony Hoard.
Hoard was fourth despite missing four rounds because the senior was taking the ACT.
“Several of our wrestlers did well,” Stoudenmire said.
With one empty slot, Stoudenmire and Horne combined their wrestlers who did not make the first string to form a Barrow County squad giving these wrestlers a chance to compete at the event as well.
Overall, Commerce won the event followed by North Hall, Winder-Barrow and Apalachee.
Stoudenmire said the tournament went very well thanks to the help of the AHS wrestling parents especially Dick Sheppard.
“Things clicked right along,” Stoudenmire said. “We were finished by 2 Saturday afternoon. With the parents working the tables and concessions it made it possible for me to just concentrate on coaching.”