Morrow coach Maso Moon is preparing to get his team ready for the upcoming county and area tournaments next month. (Special Photo)
MORROW — Morrow wrestling coach Maso Moon has been around the sport for a while. He has a state championship from his coaching days at Columbia High in DeKalb County to prove he knows what he is doing.
But the veteran coach is trying a different approach this season with his Mustangs squad.
In an attempt to continue to build the program into contender status, Moon is putting the team in more competitive tournaments during the season.
While the wrestlers were going through final exams, Moon gave them the week off.
“That was a first for me,” Moon said. “I decided to let them rest. We will see how that works out. I want them to be fresh when we get toward the area tournament. You work hard all year to get a chance to go to state.”
The team will resume workouts next week, and the coach will get to see very quickly if his new approach works. Morrow will wrestle in the Fayette County Christmas Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28 before the Area 2-AAAAAA duals on Jan. 4 and 5 at Newton.
There won’t be much of a break after that with the Clayton County Tournament taking place in mid-January at Forest Park High.
“We want to put it all together in the second half of the season with some big tournaments,” Moon said.
And the Mustangs haven’t done too bad in the early part of the season. Two weeks ago, the defending county duals champions placed second to champion Forest Park. The Mustangs finished 11th in the prestigious South Metro Tournament at Alcovy, which consisted of 27 teams.
Moon had two wrestlers to get runner-up finishes and another to place fifth in the oldest wrestling tournament in the southeast. Some consider it to be the most difficult. The Mustangs had three wrestlers to place at the tournament. Finishing in second place were Orlando Kinsey in the 195-pound class and Rydell Thomas at 145. Talon Person placed fifth in the heavyweight class.
“It’s a tough tournament,” said Forest Park coach Don Williams, who has coached in it every year since 1989. “I’ve won three state championships as a coach. I’ve only won one of those tournaments during that time.”
Morrow has six starters that placed in the area tournament last season.
“Our goal is to get as many kids qualified for state,” Moon said. “We are using these tournaments as a measuring stick to see how we are stacking up. We have faced some good competition. I want the kids to wrestle to their potential. We are in a tough region and sectional. Our sectional produced the state champion last season.”