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Middle school team places third at Anderson tourney

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Coach Heady discusses efforts of four champs

By Eddie Paden

The LaRue County Middle School wrestling team took third place at an Anderson County tournament last weekend. The Mat Hawks had four tournament champions and seven other wrestlers to place top four at their weight classes.

“We had several wrestlers out for various reasons,” said head coach Dan Heady.  “Still, I was pleased with the way the team responded. We could have hung our heads, but instead those that filled in fought hard and we had a wrestler or two step it up a bit to help the team.”

Tournament champions were Stiles Metcalf, Kyle Edlin, Marquis Franklin and Mason Ray.

“This week Kyle Edlin really stepped it up for the team,” Heady said. “He is starting to become a leader for this team. He has pinned his way into a gold medal at every tournament so far this season, and has begun to set a standard for all the other wrestlers on this team to emulate.”

“Marquis “Tootie” Franklin had an awesome day as well,” Heady said. “He is just so smooth when he wrestles.” We kept telling him to stack the kid in a three-quarter Nelson but he didn’t know what we were talking about till we showed him and then he was like “Oh yeah....”. Next thing you know, the kid was stacked and pinned.”

“Stiles Metcalf is really starting to develop into a great wrestler,” said Heady. “He has been wrestling for the middle school team for several years now and it really is showing when he competes.”

“Mason Ray won his first gold medal for middle school. He also is stepping up and being a leader,” said Heady.

Donnie Huffman took second; Dylan West, Steven Brown and Josh Sherrard took third; and Dalton Bell, Christian Hensley and Tony Couch took fourth.

“This team has come a long way since the first practice,” Heady said. “It has been nice to see the leaders begin to develop, and the younger more inexperienced wrestlers step up and try to fill some holes. We still have a ways to go, but I like what I am seeing from this team so far.”