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After a poor showing at the district wrestling tournament, the LaRue County Middle School Mat Hawks bounced back strong taking second at the regional tournament behind Union County Middle School. The Mat Hawks qualified nine grapplers to the State Tournament on Feb. 5 at Montgomery County.
“We didn’t do well at the district tournament,” said Head Coach Dan Heady. “As a whole, I am not sure the team was focused nor ready to wrestle and it showed at North Middle. “
Heady attributes the better performance on Saturday at Danville as partially because of a week of good practice.
“We had a good week of practice and some of our guys got to wrestle with the high school team and I think the harder practices helped put a fine edge on the team.”
The LCMS Mat Hawks had five finalists on Saturday with three winning their weight class. Mason Ray, Dylan West and Steven Brown all won their weight class.
“All three were strong and explosive,” said Heady. “They really wrestled well and if they keep up the intensity at the state tournament, all three have a good shot to medal high.”
Dalton Bell and Bradley Martin each took second in their weight class.
“Dalton and Bradley have each looked good all year long and gotten better as the year has progressed. I look for them as well to make a serious run at being a medalist at the state tournament in a couple of weeks,” said Heady.
Stiles Metcalf and Shane Sandfer took third place.
“I am very proud of these two,” said Heady. “They each have some good skills and have a bright future in front of them not only this year but for the rest of their wrestling careers.”
Christian Hensley and Charlie Roarx each finished in fourth place.
“Christian and Charlie each have worked hard all year long and I was very pleased to see both qualify for the state tournament,” said Heady. “They deserve the opportunity to go and try to earn a medal.”
“This team performed like the high school, meaning that they pulled together as a family, showed emotion and poured their hearts out. I was extremely impressed,” said Heady.