The Carrollton High School wrestling team didn't have many seniors to honor on Tuesday night, but the pair that have come all the way through the program took center stage prior to the final tune-up on the road to Gwinnett.
Trojan seniors Daniel Parivechio and Cristian Gutierrez celebrated Senior Night with a tri-match sweep of Bowdon and Chapel Hill, as Parivechio went 2-0 with a pair of pins, while Gutierrez has unfortunately been relegated to the sidelines this year due to injury.
Even so, first-year Carrollton head coach Michael Cleek said both have served as instrumental pieces to the program this winter.
"[Gutierrez] hasn't been able to wrestle, but he's stuck with us. He's been in the room, pitched in whatever way he could," Cleek said. "Then Daniel Parivechio's been a war horse. He's been in every match that we've wrestled. He's gone out there and he's grinded. He's gotten so much better this year. He's going to be one of the guys that's leading us into the state tournament. I really believe it."
Carrollton opened the night with a 59-6 victory against Chapel Hill and proceeded to close it out with a 63-10 decision over Bowdon in a match that featured a handful of competitive bouts, despite the final score.
"A good tune-up for area. I was glad these teams come over here and wrestled us. Bowdon gave us a good fight. The score doesn't reflect that they wrestled as hard as they can. We had some kids get after it and we had a little fire out there for a little bit," Cleek said. "Now we've got to take this momentum and roll into Saturday and try to get our guys out of area and get into sectional."
Bowdon's two victories against Carrollton came in back-to-back matches, as James Sines won a decision at 170 pounds and Jason Meherg won by pin at 182.
Bowdon quickly turns its attention to the area tournament at Bremen this weekend, where the top-four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Class AA West Sectional, which will also be hosted by Bremen on Feb. 5-6.
The Trojans, meanwhile, travel back to Woodward Academy, which won the area duals earlier this month, for the Area 5-AAAA Traditional Tournament on Saturday.
"Woodward won the area duals, they beat us by about a match. They've got some incredibly tough kids at ,  and then some really, really good kids up around  and ," Cleek said. "Whitewater is also tough and then Troup, I'm telling you, I really feel like Troup is a sleeping giant. If they get their guys in gear, they're going to be really special. So we've got our work cut out for us to get our guys out of area."
And before the Trojans can begin making hotel reservations for Gwinnett, Cleek said they've got to take care of business along the way, beginning this weekend.
"I told them over there when we were breaking it down, I said, 'Guys, the first round of the state tournament is Saturday. If you intend to go to Gwinnett, you've got to get through Saturday,'" Cleek said. "So that's what we're working toward."