ICHS Wrestlers Hold Dual Area Championship Titles
- 31 January 2017 31 January 2017
Senior Kyle Jones pulled out a 4th place finish in the 138lbs weight class— the best finish of his career at state. Jones has been a 3-time State Qualifier and 2-time State Placer.
Senior Nathan Tucker also concluded his career with his highest finish at state with a 3rd place finish at 195lbs. Tucker finished his senior season with a 29-6 record. In his career, he has been a 4-time State Qualifier and 3-Time State Placer.
Sophomore Rico Ashley managed a 3rd place finish at 145lbs—one of the toughest weight classes in the tournament. For the season, Ashley finished with a record of 19-6.
Freshman D.J. Lundy finished in 3rd place in the 285lbs weight class, despite weighing just around 230lbs. Lundy finishes his freshman season with a 33-4 record.
Sophomore Davion Pollard took 5th place in the 160lbs weight class. Pollard concludes his season with a 24-14 record.
Junior Keegan Moore was Irwin’s only other participant in the tournament at 132lbs. Moore finished the season with a 16-12 record.
"I want to give a special thanks to Coaches Clayton Sirmans and Jay Durden," says Head Coach Ray Pierce. "They have done a great job with these wrestlers all season long. I’d also like to recognize Irwin’s Mat Girls who also put in a great amount of work over the weekend at the tournament. Destin Mixon, Morgan Young, Christi Brown, and McKenzie Sumner ran multiple scoring tables for most of the tournament. It was an honor our girls were invited to work the most prestigious event in Georgia wrestling. Our Mat Girls Sponsor, Claire Clayton, volunteered to help work the tables as well. She has done a great job with these girls all season long and deserves the recognition for their performance. I received nothing but compliments about our Mat Girls from other coaches and officials throughout the tournament, and they are proud contributors to the Irwin County Wrestling family.
"I want to stress how very proud I am of all of these kids," continues Pierce. "This season has been one of the best I have had in a long time. I really hate to say goodbye to Kyle Jones, Andrew Marsh, and Nathan Tucker, but losing just three starters makes for an exciting upcoming season. Finally, to our fans, our wrestlers appreciate all of the support you have provided this season, and we hope to see you all back next season!"
The wrestlers attended the Area 1A Traditional Tournament at Turner County High School (photo at right), finishing in 1st place as a team out of the 10 schools competing by over 20 points. In addition, Irwin qualified 13 out of 14 weight classes for Sectionals next weekend at Darlington High School in Rome. It marks the most Area Placers in school history. After winning Area Duals a few weeks ago (see photo below), Irwin's wrestlers have won both Area championship formats.