Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It’s not where you start but where you finish the season.
Coach Leonard Covington’s comments after Goose Creek’s 44-24 win over Cane Bay seem to point to that common mantra, often thrown around in the sports world.
The Gators got off to a quick start, racing out to a 23-0 lead after five matches, improving to 2-1 in the region. Covington said his team now starts five freshmen.
“It was huge,” Covington said. “We’ve gotten so much better. We have changed our lineup. We had some seniors that moved on and we replaced them with freshmen. They’re more talented. They’ve got more heart. They’re a lot of fun to be around. They take a lot of pride in what we’re doing.”
The win earned Goose Creek a spot in the playoffs.
Brandon Washington (113) and Dylan Wheat (120) recorded pins during the opening stretch while Allen Moran (106) and Reggle Smith (126) had major decisions.
Cane Bay pulled within 32-24 with two matches left but forfeited those two bouts.
Goose Creek’s other victories in the match came via decisions by DeMichael Whaley (132), T.J. Lewis (145), Christian Rubin (152) and Caleb Rubin (160).
All four Cane Bay victories came via pin: Tyler Farr (138), Ryan Stovall (170), Matt Rudy (182) and Paul Perte (195).
The individual region tournament is set for Wednesday and the playoffs begin Saturday.