Corey Cusick/ Times-Georgian
The Trojan Wars came down to a pair of local powers vying for the top spot on Saturday afternoon at the East Carrollton Recreation Center.
In the end, defending Class AAA state champion Bremen prevailed over host Carrollton in a 49-30 decision to cap off a 5-0 showing, while the Trojans also had a strong performance by going 4-1 for the day in the 12-team event.
Head coach Michael Cleek was pleased with the effort from his troops on Saturday, as the Trojans earned victories over Oxford (54-18), Kennesaw Mountain (60-24), Calhoun (69-12) and Spain Park, Alabama (57-19) before falling to the Blue Devils in the finale.
"Our kids wrestled their hind end off," Cleek said. "Five duals, that's why we call it the 'Trojan Wars.' We want guys to come in here and work hard, get after it and our kids did. They answered the bell. They were challenged to defend their home territory. We came up a little bit short, but I'm really proud of the way we fought. Every match, every dual, our kids came out, worked hard and got better. It's all working toward the state tournament, and the Carrollton Trojans as a whole got better and that makes me proud. Are we pleased that we didn't win? No. But getting second is a lot better than being last. I'm proud of the accomplishment that our kids made (Saturday)."
Brent Parivechio and Grant McKinley went undefeated for the Trojans on the day at 5-0, while Luke Sawyer, Luke Frost, Jacob Walsingham and Kaleb Thomaston all went 4-1.
"So we had some guys that went out there and battled and won some matches for us. We swapped some guys in and out to get some different looks. We altered our lineup a little bit against Bremen and that got us a little bit of an improvement against them. It's a good measuring stick for us moving forward because that's a quality opponent. They're year-in and year-out in the state finals as a duals team," Cleek said.
As far as serving host to the Trojans Wars, Cleek commended the parental and administrative support in making it a well-oiled machine from the competition to the hospitality.
"I have the best group of parents in west Georgia. They came out and they worked. I really want to give a shout out to Wynter McKinley, Angie Sippola and April Butler for being our parent reps and working so hard. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard, they ran a phenomenal hospitality room. I cannot think of anything that would have made this tournament better," Cleek said. "What our parents did for us, our administration giving us the opportunity, and I'd like to thank the Carrollton Parks and Rec for letting us use the facility. Now we've just got to get better."