Piedmont coach Harley Lamey said Tuesday morning that he expected teams from Cleburne County, G.W. Carver of Montgomery, Gadsden City, Madison County and Westminster Christian of Huntsville to join his team in Saturday’s action. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
“We’re just trying to keep working on the basics, get those ingrained so we can progress. It’s just a process of maturing as we continue to wrestle, get that experience,” Lamey said. “Becoming seasoned in wrestling takes time.”
The Bulldogs hosted Saks in a dual meet Monday. Saks was able to fill only three weigh classes. Piedmont won handily with points for nine forfeits but just three Bulldogs got an opportunity to learn by wrestling other than in practice. Sophomore Chase Keener won for Piedmont, bumping up from 152 pounds to take a decision at 160.
Limited opportunities away from practice slow the learning process according to Lamey.
In practice, “It’s hard for them to push somebody when they both are young, both are starting out, both are still learning how to drill properly and how to practice in an effective manner,” Lamey noted. “It just takes time for those young guys to learn that and when your veterans are sophomores it’s kind of hard to find that.”
Lamey continues to believe that the future has a lot of promise for his nine seventh-graders, two freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.
“This group has surprised me because of their work ethic. They don’t mind hard work. When they do it, they don’t complain so I think it’s going to show later on,” Lamey said. “If they stick with it, I think we’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”