The wintery-weather forecast that could dump snow and sleet on Coweta County starting Friday night has already put a dent into this weekend’s scheduled area wrestling tournaments.
East Coweta was scheduled to host the Area 2-AAAAAAA Tournament on Friday, but the event has been moved to rival Newnan Monday at 6 p.m.
They will also roll out the wrestling mats at Northgate starting Monday morning in the Area 5-AAAAAA meet.
Northgate was set to host the tournament Friday and Saturday, but Vikings’ head coach Chris Wickstrom said now they will complete the event in one day.
The date and times might have changed, but all three teams share the same goal, finishing in the top two at their respective area tournaments and advancing next week to the state duals event at the Macon Coliseum.
Joining East Coweta and Newnan at the Area 2-AAAAAAA tournament will be Pebblebrook, Westlake, Wheeler and Campbell.
Northgate entertains Alexander, Mays, Langston Hughes, Douglas County, Creekside, South Paulding, New Manchester and Tri-Cities in the Area 5-AAAAAA tournament.
East Coweta and Newnan enter the Area 2-AAAAAAA event as the two favorites to advance to next week’s state duals in Macon.
Both teams made it to Macon last year but lost their first two matches at the double-elimination tournament.
Northgate is trying to get to the state duals for the first time.
All three teams are coming off strong showings before Christmas.
“We are battling some injuries, but several guys have stepped it up for us lately,” Newnan coach Sean Hage said. “We are looking forward to the challenge.”
East Coweta turned in a strong showing last month by winning its second straight county championship. The Indians beat Northgate 57-21 and Newnan 54-18.
The Indians don’t have to worry about Northgate at this tournament, but East Coweta coach Chris Harden knows his team will have to be focused on Newnan in the rematch.
“I thought we wrestled well during December,” Harden said. “We beat Newnan at the county tournament, but we know they are going to be tough again.”
Wickstrom isn’t really sure what to expect.
“The goal is always to get Macon,” he said. “We just want to compete and go out there and wrestle hard.”