Woodmont High’s wrestlers have adopted the mentality of their coach.
“We do not wrestle with finesse, and we certainly are not flashy,” Wildcats coach Tim Sexton said. “We grind out our matches.”
Sexton, a former two-time state qualifier at 140 pounds for Pickens High School, went on to wrestle for four years at Anderson University.
“I was a blue-collar wrestler, and I love to see blue-collar wrestling,” Sexton said.
Woodmont senior Varlee Kelleh, ranked in the top five in the state in Class AAAA at 138 pounds, finished first in his weight class at the Hillcrest Ram Invitational this month.
“Varlee has been a leader for us,” Sexton said. “He is someone who has been to state. I can look at him and see that our system works.”
Freshman Hunter Strange has filled the void for the Wildcats in the 132-pound weight class.
“Varlee moved from 132 pounds to 138 pounds during the offseason,” said Sexton. “We really weren’t sure who would wrestle at 132 pounds. Hunter has stepped up for us and will have a really bright future.”
Kaleb Strange, Hunter’s brother, starts at 170 pounds. Sexton said Kaleb’s work ethic and continuous improvement have helped him become a team captain.
Sexton said newcomer Chris Workman was a welcome addition to his program. Workman, a senior, moved from Pennsylvania during the offseason and is ranked in the top five in the state at 145 pounds.
Rashadric Jones finished second in Woodmont’s Wildcat Invitational at 195 pounds. Sexton praised Jones’s work ethic this offseason.
“Our region (1-AAAA) is tough,” Sexton said. “We have taken our lumps early this season, but our goal is still to finish in the top five and make the playoffs. I set up the holiday schedule with the playoffs in mind.”
Woodmont will wrestle in the Armstrong Rebel Invitational Tournament at Byrnes Dec. 28. The Wildcats travel to Stephens County, Ga., on Dec. 29 to take part in the Arrowhead Classic.