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Over the Christmas break, the LaRue County High School wrestling team participated in two tournaments finishing first in both. The Mat Hawks won the Meade County Tsunami Duals and then traveled to Arkansas and won the Hurricane Holiday Classic.
On the first day of the two-day Tsunami, the Mat Hawks found themselves in a pool with the two teams who had defeated them three weeks earlier – host school Meade County and Oldham County.
By the end of the day, the Mat Hawks had avenged the only losses they have suffered all year long. The team started by defeating Ohio County, 57-15. The team started off quick in this dual and cruised to the easy win. In the second dual, the Mat Hawks again defeated regional rival Central Hardin, 44-26. The Mat Hawks then crushed Meade County’s B squad, 62-9.
This set up two matches with Meade and Oldham County. Both duals came down to the final match of the day. In the Meade County dual, the Mat Hawks won an exciting one-point dual, winning 37-36.
Against Oldham County, in the final dual of the first day, senior Tanner Mouser got the win at 126 pounds and the Mat Hawks winning the dual 38-32.
On day two, the Mat Hawks faced an undefeated Wayne County team. The dual was not decided until the last match when freshman Dylan West secured a six-point win and the win, 40-36.
In the last four duals of the day, the Mat Hawks were never challenged as they cruised to wins over Desales, 66-18; Christian County, 51-16; and Fort Knox, 72-3.
“The Meade County tournament showed how much this team has progressed in a few weeks,” said head coach Gary Canter. “The wrestlers have been working hard in practice and our young guys are getting much needed experience. If we keep on working like we have in practice, we will be OK at the end of the season.”
The following week the team traveled to Arkansas to compete in a tournament with teams from Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas. When the dust settled, the Mat Hawks came away with a first place team finish.
The Mat Hawks had five wrestlers win their weight classes with senior 170-pound wrestler Caleb Canter being named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. The other first place finishers were Dawson Bingham at 106; Kyle Edlin at 120; Raymundo Perez at 138, and B.J. Carman at 182.
Jared Whitlock at 160 and Tony Couch at 195 placed second.
West finished in third place. Cody Strausser and Nathan Bell both finished in fourth place at this tournament and Mouser placed in fifth place.