Langston Hughes senior Kevin McCoy had a scare when he was rushed to the hospital for an overnight stay after suffering a concussion during a holiday wrestling tournament. After McCoy was released, rather than go home, he returned to the event to cheer on his teammates.
McCoy, who has a 28-6 record at 140 pounds, is still waiting on medical clearance to wrestle again but has attended every one of the team’s practices over the past three weeks.
“Kevin is the epitome of a dedicated athlete,” said Langston Hughes coach Ben Arnold. “He is loved by all his teachers … and single-handedly got the guys in better shape this year than ever before [during voluntary workouts].”
Here are some of the metro’s other top wrestlers:
*Robbie Martin, St. Pius: The junior 125-pounder has a 20-1 record, including 11 pins. He took first place at the Stockbridge Tiger Classic and Brookwood Invitational. The team captain also has a cumulative 90.54 GPA.
*Ryan Mosley, Shiloh: The junior has a 34-1 record at 130 pounds, with 26 pins. He was the Gwinnett County champion, winning four matches with four pins. He was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler, all weight classes, at the Brookwood Invitational.
*Michael Chapman, Peachtree Ridge: The senior has a 32-0 record at 215 pounds, including winning North Carolina’s Tiger Holiday Classic. Said coach Danny Sinnott, “He has come such a long way in the last four years and has a really good shot at a state title this year.”
*Jamal Bowens, Osborne: He is only in his second year of wrestling and has a 9-0 record at 119 pounds, including winning both matches in the region duals.
*Carl Rider, North Gwinnett: The junior is 28-0 at 189 pounds. Said coach Phil Daniel, “His desire for the team to do well is shown every time he wrestles and lays it out on the line. Carl is quiet when he needs to be and gets the guys’ attention with his voice when he has to.”
*Giovante Ortiz, Lovejoy: The senior is 33-0 at 140 pounds, including first place at the Carpet Classic, the South Metro, the Tara Classic and Fayette County Christmas Classic. Ortiz was 5-0 at the Area 4-AAAA duals and to help Lovejoy qualify for the state tournament.
*Bret Haley, Sprayberry: The senior is 30-1 at 215 pounds. Haley has won against at least eight wrestlers that are ranked in the state, along with being undefeated against all Georgia opponents this season.
*Mark Mongell, St. Francis: The junior has a 24-2 record at 215 pounds. He has placed in the top three of every tournament this season, while also being undefeated in dual matches.
*Alex Stephens, Pace: The junior is 17-3 at 119 pounds. Said coach Mark Sommerville, “He is focused, extremely disciplined, and a positive role model for others on the team.”