A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club Hosts Annual Tournament, Donates to High School Team

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A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club Hosts Annual Tournament, Donates to High School Team

ANNA—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club hosted its annual “On The Prowl” youth wrestling tournament at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School on January 4, 2015.  The event featured 230 wrestlers from nineteen teams and three states.

As usual, the event featured a cross-section of community support.

Young performer Julia Hall opened the day by singing the national anthem.

“Julia’s really become a staple of the tournament,” said communications director Rollie Hawk.  “Having someone who can perform the national anthem that well sets the day’s tone so much better than a recording.”

Angela Cerney provided medical trainer services.

Table workers included some of the club’s older wrestlers, high school wrestlers, various family members of the club and professional wrestler “Farmer” Billy Hills.  Concessions and ticket sales were handled by parents and grandparents.

High school head coach Eric Massey emceed the event.

Recently retired county chairman Don Denny and boys basketball head coach Matt Denny braved the weather and manned the grill.  Denny’s signature pork steak sandwiches were a hit, as usual.

Local IT consulting firm Union County Technology Solutions provided monitors and laptops that acted as timers and scoreboards at each of the tournament’s five mats.

“We get a lot of complements on having the electronic scoring at each table,” explained Hawk.  “As a coach, it makes a huge difference being able to see not only the score but the clock.  That’s not something you get at a lot of local tournaments.”

For the first time, the club used TrackWrestling.com for registrations, payments and bracketing.

“I’m definitely sold on it,” said head coach Grover Mays.  “Things ran a lot smoother using Track.”

“Using Track Wrestling allows results to be tracked in almost real-time on the Internet,” added Hawk. “So you can be sitting in the stands and follow the brackets as they progress.  That’s another convenience you don’t see at a lot of local tournaments.”

Following the tournament, Mays presented a $500 donation from the club to superintendent Rob Wright for the high school wrestling team in return for helping run the tournament.

“The high school wrestlers did a great job for us and the club appreciates it,” said Mays.

High school head coach Eric Massey was very pleased with what he saw in terms of the overall event and the wrestling talent displayed.

“It was a great tournament, Grover Mays,” said Massey. “Great turnout. Nice to see what the A-J Wildcat wrestling program has to look forward to. A lot of very good wrestlers coming up! I’m excited for the future of our high school program. You do an excellent job.  Keep up the good work. It doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Individual results from the tournament are below.

Name

Age

Division

A-J

Place

Wins

Losses

Dover, Titus

5

6&U

4th

1

3

Hale, Korbin

5

6&U

3rd

1

2

Chotner, Noah

7

7&8

3rd

2

1

Conway, Kyle

7

7&8

4th

0

3

Miller, Tate

7

7&8

2nd

2

1

Samuels, Travis

7

7&8

3rd

1

2

Buchmeier, Kane

8

7&8

4th

0

4

Dover, Daniel

8

7&8

2nd

2

1

Hale, Kylie

8

7&8

4th

1

3

Holshouser, Drew

8

7&8

4th

1

2

Sadler, Drew

8

7&8, 9&10

2nd, 1st

4

1

Sadler, Zoee

8

7&8

1st

3

0

Smith, Milam

8

7&8

3rd

2

2

Chotner, Nile

9

9&10

1st

3

0

Macy, Thomas

9

9&10

4th

0

3

Mays, Caleb

9

9&10

1st

3

0

Smith, Brett

9

9&10

1st

2

1

Hawk, Madilyn

10

9&10, 9&10

3rd, 2nd

1

3

Lincoln, Kaden

10

9&10

3rd

1

2

Mays, Grover

10

9&10, 11&12

1st, 1st

6

0

Johnson. Barry

11

11&12

2nd

2

1

Dowdy, Wyatt

12

11&12

4th

1

3

Christy, Carsten

13

13&14

2rd

1

2

Dowdy, Ben

13

13&14

2nd

2

1

Kisat, Nathan

13

13&14

4th

0

3

Jacobs, Aiden

14

13&14

3rd

1

2

Johnson, Christopher

14

13&14

2nd

3

1

Mays, Catie

14

13&14

1st

3

0

Ramage, Marshall

14

13&14

2nd

2

1

       

51

48

       

51.52%

48.48%

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