By CHRIS GOLTERMANN
High school wrestling is touted for its ability to level the playing field with fairer distribution than most sports individually.
But the team aspect hasn’t been lost on Newnan during a steady start to the 2018-19 season.
The Cougars picked up contributions from more than just regulars in the lineup during a sweep of three opponents during Tuesday’s Senior Night festivities against visitors Westlake, Langston Hughes and Troup while improving their overall record to 18-5.
Newnan went to its share of new faces among both boys and girls teams en route to dominating a quad match with three consecutive 70-point efforts.
Carrying a full roster and then some, the Cougars staff mixed up the lineup as much as possible while also celebrating 10 seniors — the majority of whom have been with the program all four years under head coach Sean Hage.
Six upperclassmen honored also got a chance to compete with all three opponents yielding a bulk of points on forfeits.
Newnan won two of three contested matches in a 72-12 victory over Hughes while getting pins from senior captain Cale Goss at 138 pounds and junior Austin Garmany at 220.
The Cougars then added big wins over Westlake (78-6) and Troup (72-12) that had the home team losing only three of a combined 14 bouts that were contested.
Goss, who returns as a state qualifier in 2017 and a three-time captain, joined Garmany in posting 3-0 records among the few Cougars that got a chance to compete in all three matches.
He held on for a pin against Westlake early in the second period and then had his final match against Troup cut immediately short by an injury default.
Garmany, meanwhile, recorded three pins including one in 32 seconds against his opponent from Westlake.
The Cougar standout, however, needed a second effort in his final match against Troup to gut out a first-period pin in 1:20.
Despite a hard takedown early that limited the use of one arm, Garmany responded, to stay in the match. After another takedown and ensuing back points, he pulled off a reversal prior to a quick pin.
Among the highlights of Newnan’s victory over Westlake was Rebecca Eddy’s comeback win by pin in the first period of her 113-pound match.
Eddy battled from behind after being taken down twice with a near-fall in between. She picked up single points on three occasions including an escape before pulling within a 6-5 deficit with a reversal.
Momentum immediately changed when she powered her way into a takedown and held her position until a quick signal for a pin with less than 30 seconds left in the first period.
Cougars with multiple victories on the mat included Tristan Kendzierski at 120 pounds. The junior, coming off consecutive trips to the state tournament, had a second-period pin against Troup to go with a 93-second victory against Westlake.
In addition to Goss and Kendzierski, senior Carson Knight was among four Newnan wrestlers that were forced to battle into the second period in Friday’s quad match. Knight has competed on the mat all four years, the last three as a varsity starter. He has reached the state sectionals twice.
Co-captain Kyler James, a county champion a year ago, had a win on Senior Night in his only contested match at 132 pounds with a pin in 1:33.
Senior Zach Ryan also had a pin in 1:39 at 152 pounds against Westlake while winning by forfeit in the other two matches.
Wrestlers that recorded pins for Newnan on Tuesday also included Max Broach at 145 pounds and Landon Toth at 182.
Taylor Price, a two-time Team Georgia competitor and a state runner-up in girls during the offseason, also got a chance to compete on her Senior Night in an exhibition bout against Troup, battling late into the second period before falling in 3:30.
Seniors honored also included Eric Bragg, two-time sectional qualifier Isaac Barrett, Brandon Brown, heavyweight newcomer Will Anderson and Dessiana Brown.
Newnan 72, Troup 12
160: Taylor Price (N) won forfeit; 170: Troy Vos (N) won forfeit; 182: Landon Toth (N) won forfeit; 195: Carson Knight (N) won forfeit; 220: Austin Garmany (N) pin Hall (T), 1:20; 275: Bowles (T) pin Will Anderson (N), 0:59; 106: Connor Marsh (N) won forfeit; 113: Rebecca Eddy (N) won forfeit; 120: Tristan Kendzierski (N) pin Hayes 2:44; 126: Strickland (T) pin Marlon Wortham (N) 1:44; 132: Kyler James (N) pin Tunnel (T), 1:33; 138: Cale Goss won injury default 0:26; 145: Max Broach (N) pin Clements (T) 0:28; 152: Zachary Ryan (N) pin Mobley (T), 1:39;
Newnan 78, Westlake 6
152: Zachary Ryan (N) won forfeit; 160: Taylor Price (N) won forfeit; 170: Troy Vos (N) won forfeit; 182: Landon Toth (N) won pin 1st period; 195: Robinson pin Carson Knight, 2nd period; 220 Austin Garmany (N) pin Bailey (W) 0:32; 285: Will Anderson (N) pin Scales (W), 0:30; 106: Connor Marsh (N) won forfeit; 113: Rebecca Eddy (N) pin Wilder (W), 1st period; 120: Tristan Kendzierski (N) pin Cravins (W), 1:03; 126: Marlin Wortham (N) won forfeit; 132: Kyler James (N) won forfeit; 138: Cale Goss (N) pin Dunn (W), 2:38; 145: Max Broach (N) won forfeit.
Newnan 72, Hughes 12
145: Max Broach (N) won forfeit; 152: Zachary Ryan (N) won forfeit; 160: Taylor Price (N) won forfeit; 170: Hood (H) won forfeit; 182: Landon Toth (N) won forfeit; 195: Carson Knight (N) won forfeit; 220: Austin Garmany (N) pin Crawford (H), 1st period; 285: Procter (H) pin Will Anderson (N) first period; 106: Connor Marsh (N) won forfeit; 113: Rebecca Eddy (N) won forfeit; 120: Tristan Kendzierski (N) won forfeit; 126: Marlon Wortham (N) won forfeit; 132: Kyler James (N) pin Arnold (H) first period; 138: Cale Goss (N) pin Hill (H), 1st period.