Madison County’s Max Nash continues to pile up the W’s on the wrestling mat.
The standout Red Raider wrestler took first place in the 132-lb. weight class in last weekend’s Hook ‘Em Horns Classic at Lambert High School, earning “most outstanding wrestler” of the 20-team tournament. Nash’s finals match was also voted the best championship match on the tournament.
Nash now sports a 31-2 record for the season.
“He’s having a heck of a year,” said Red Raider coach Ritchie Houston, whose squad finished 16th in the Hook ‘Em Horns Classic.
Houston noted that one of Nash’s losses this year came when he wrestled in a higher weight class against last year’s Class AAA state champion Jake Hodges, who Nash worked out with during the summer.
“Wrestling is one of those sports where you have to wrestle good people,” said Houston. “Iron sharpens iron. That was a good match.”
This past weekend, Nash beat Hunter Franklin from North Gwinnett who is ranked in Class AAAAAA.
“He’s just working real hard, doing all the extra stuff he needs to do,” said Houston. “He’s working out before school and doing all those extra things that it takes to be a state champion. And that’s his goal.”
Beau Gentry finished seventh in the the Hook ‘Em Horns Classic in the 152-lb. weight class.
Madison County will hit the mats again this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at Monroe Area High School in the Region 8-AAAA Duals. The Red Raiders will then host Franklin County in the final home match of the year Wednesday, Jan. 9.