The Troup Tigers will try to add another chapter to their impressive wrestling legacy when they compete in the Class AAA state duals Friday and Saturday in Macon.
Sixteen Class AAA teams from across the state will gather at the Macon Coliseum to vie for the first of two state titles this season.
The traditional state meet, in which individual state champs will be crowned in each weight class, is in February.
This week, it’ll be team vs. team in a 16-team, single-elimination bracket.
A team needs to win four matches to capture the state title.
Troup, which finished second at the Area 2-AAA meet to qualify for state, opens with a match against Lafayette Friday morning.
“Everything we’ve done has been to prepare for this moment,” said Clint DeMooney, an assistant coach for the Tigers. “This is really all that matters. The record and everything else, this is what we’ll remember are these moments.”
If Troup wins its opener, it would face either Westover or Jackson County in the second round later on Friday.
The semifinals are friday night, and the championship matches are Saturday night.
If Troup loses, it will still have a chance to make its way through the consolation bracket and finish third.
DeMooney said that no matter what happens this weekend, it’ll be a beneficial experience for the wrestlers.
Part of the benefit of the state duals is the chance to see the competition they’ll face at the traditional state meet.
“All these guys will have a look at who they’ll see at sectional and at state,” DeMooney said. “They’ll have more opportunities to see those individuls. We’ll have an idea what we need to work on.”