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Millard South     1st place     192 points

Individual results:

106     Ben Richling   3rd place   3-1

113     Sky Murcek     NP     1-2

120     Alex Mendez     3rd place     3-1

126     Nathan Quandt     2nd place     2-1

132     Zach Mahloch     3rd place     3-1

132jv   Alex Crawford     NP     0-2

138     Ray DeLoa     CHAMPION     2-0

145     Ty Calder     4th place     2-2

152     Tobias Harter     3rd place     3-1

152jv   Nate Hoggatt     NP     1-2

160     Tyler Janecek     3rd place     3-1

170     Paul Ivey     4th place     2-2

170jv   Grant Collins     NP     1-2

182     Connor Barrientos     CHAMPION     3-0

195     Terry Jeub     NP     0-2

220     Rico Parker     CHAMPION     3-0

285     Freeman Coleman     CHAMPION     3-0

Total team record for Varsity:  33-14  20 total pins

SUMMARY:

The Patriots traveled to the Blair Invite with a lot of new faces and a lot of question marks for the upcoming year. The competition would include three ranked teams. Blair would be the toughest test for the Patriots. The Bears are coming into the year with aspirations to collect a trophy in class B this year.  The Patriots started the tournament wrestling tentatively. After the Semi-finals, Millard South would be down 25 points to the red hot Blair Bears. After a team meeting, the Patriots came out swinging. Seven wrestlers fought back through the consolation to place in the top 4 adding to the 5 finalists. Going into the finals, the Patriots would be even with with Blair and with 2 less finalists. Nine out of 12 Patriots won their medal round match which allowed the team to win the tournament by 20 points. In doing so, the Patriots crowned 4 individual champions and produced 20 total pins.

“At one point in time, I thought we were in real trouble,” Said Head Coach, Doug Denson. “We were behind by 25 points and kind of floundering around. We had a team meeting, and the guys rallied to pull out an exciting victory. We really showed a lot of heart coming back like we did.”

“I wasn’t sure what to expect from our guys after we fell behind by so many points,” Said Assistant Coach, Alan Marvin. “I guess we could have laid down, but this team dug deep and pulled out the win!”

“We always teach our kids to ‘never give up,’ and this proved to be important as we fought back from a tough situation,” Said Assistant Head Coach, Jay Meneely. “I’m hoping that the guys learned a lot about themselves in this tournament. We can build on this win for sure!”