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Alexander wrestling seeks to bring state title back to Douglasville
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
December 26, 2013 11:49 AM | 1010 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>Alexander wrestlers, from left, Chris Arhenbach, Roman Boylen and Tony Johnson at practice in Douglasville last week.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
Alexander wrestlers, from left, Chris Arhenbach, Roman Boylen and Tony Johnson at practice in Douglasville last week.
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Since becoming head coach of the Alexander wrestling team nine years ago, Sean Moister has turned the Cougars into one of the top programs in the state. After winning the state championship in 2010, Alexander has placed second in the state tournament each of the past three years. The Cougars recently hosted and won the county duals meet on Dec. 11, sweeping the team competition and the wrestlers dropping only four out of 64 individual matches.

“We achieved our goal and proud of the kids for doing a good job,” said co-head coach Daryk Cochran. “It wasn’t perfection and we still have work to do.”

Alexander lays claim to having the top program in Douglas behind elite grapplers such as junior Roman Boylen, who wrestles in the 138-pound division, is a two-time state finalist and one-time champion.

“Roman is having a really good year for us and his only loss this season came in a close match to an All-America,” Cochran said.

Junior Tony Johnson was a state qualifier last season and returns to the Cougars in the 145-weight class.

“Tony is looking good for us and improved this summer,” Cochran said.

The coaching staff is also optimistic about senior Chris Achenbach’s development through this season. Many Alexander wrestlers are part of Team Georgia, whose staff includes Moister and Cochran, under the USA Wrestling banner. Several competed for the national team this summer which has helped the Cougars’ overall improvement.

Aleander’s schedule picks up after the holidays as it hosts the ALX Invitational on Dec. 28 and the Region 5-AAAA Duals on Jan. 4 before traveling to Macon on Jan. 10 and 11 for the State Dual Championships. The extra activity fits the culture of the wrestlers.

“Dan Gable said that after wrestling, everything is easy,” Cochran said of the famed Olympic wrestler. “Wrestling is a lifestyle which requires watching your diet and getting in extra workouts. It takes a deep commitment from the coaches and wrestlers but we embrace it.”

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