Hopeful Adairsville wrestlers dreaming of winning a state championship will not need to look any further than their head coach, former Armuchee wrestler and two-time state champion Joey Harris
enters his first season as the Tigers coach after taking over from Patrick Konen, who has stayed on as an assistant.
has called for all-out effort from his
wrestlers since assuming his
"We just always ask the guys to work hard and give us all they have.
We try to always ... get more than expected from [wrestlers]," he
"We have a possibility of being really strong from 106 all the way to 140 with returning guys, so that's half the weight classes. ... So, we expect to keep things close," Harris
"We have probably the most experienced lineup we've had in quite some time as far as numbers."
Some freshmen may even find their way into the lineup, said the Adairsville Middle School
"I expect us to be tough because those guys that are returning that did qualify for state are coming right together there [in the lineup] and that's good for them and good for the team," Harris
"It's been a little strange not having the full team," Harris
However, the coach noted he
would like to see the team go as far as it possibly can and hopefully that momentum can transfer over to Adairsville's mat men.
In addition to missing some key wrestlers early on, the Tigers
also have dealt with injuries.
Grimaldo has battled through knee trouble and is not yet 100 percent and neither is Gentry, Harris
"Right now we've just been focusing on the basics," Harris
Once the Tigers
get their complement of wrestlers, they will re-address some goals, which Harris
will allow his
wrestlers to do since they will be working toward them.
did, however, list a few of the things he
would like to have happen this year.
"I do want to qualify as many as I can for the traditional tournament.
It'd be great to finish 1 or 2 in the area duals and qualify for state. ...
We always want to be in that top four at region duals and I think we've got a chance to be a tough team.
With some good leadership and this group of returners, we don't have a whole lot of verbal leaders but they all are leaders by example," Harris