High School Sports More News | The BlitzContact Editor

Glenn Hills wrestling ready to roll

  • Follow High school

As his wrestlers sat around him, coach Mark McCall stressed the importance of technique and also asked questions, pointing to those who raised their hand.

Back | Next
Glenn Hills wrestlers listen to coach Mark McCall, whose Spartans take on Chestatee in the first round in Macon, Ga.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Glenn Hills wrestlers listen to coach Mark McCall, whose Spartans take on Chestatee in the first round in Macon, Ga.

The classroom-like setting was a perfect way to go over the final points before the Glenn Hills wrestling team heads to Macon for the GHSA Class AAAA Team Dual Wrestling State Tournament. The Spartans are the only area representative in the GHSA event, which starts today, out of all the classes.

“They’re up for it,” McCall said. “I think they’re ready.”

A year ago, Glenn Hills won in the first round of the bracket tournament in Class AAA before it lost its next two matches. The Spartans’ experience ended against Chestatee – the same opponent Glenn Hills gets in the opening round this year.

The wrestlers say their cardio work is going to be key to beat Chestatee; McCall wants his team to make sure the heads are kept up and back.

McCall’s bunch, which is led by juniors, wants to improve on the previous year’s performance. The coach thinks that first-round win against McNair, an Atlanta school, helps boost his program’s credibility around the state.

“To beat an Atlanta team, it was like, ‘OK, maybe we’ve arrived,’ ” McCall said.

As for the wrestlers, the win catapulted them to this season.

“It made us work hard at practice,” said junior LaRon Heath, who competes at 195 pounds. “It was motivation.”

Heath is just one of the juniors who lead the Spartans.

But McCall isn’t resting. As he walked around on the mats during Wednesday’s practice, he pointed out mistakes he saw.

He harped on the need for wrist control, or for the wrestler on the bottom to keep trying.

McCall also wants this group to take that next step.

“I don’t care about the past,” he said. “I care about what you’re doing right now.”

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Swatbad 01/10/13 - 09:27 am
Great to hear positive news!!

Keep up the good work, Spartans!!!

Riverman1 01/10/13 - 07:21 pm
A good coach can work wonders

A good coach can work wonders in high school.

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
19 plea not guilty in Irish Traveler case
COLUMBIA -- Nineteen of 22 people indicted in the federal case involving Irish Travelers and Murphy Village entered not guilty pleas Tuesday and received $25,000 unsecured bonds.