Tue, Jan. 21

CMS Lobo wrestlers begin year with a bang

The Cottonwood Middle School wrestlers kicked off the season at their 18th annual Kiwani's Wrestling Tournament on Nov. 17. The Lobos placed a total of 13 wrestlers and placed third overall as a team. Edging them out were first place, St. Johns and second, Prescott. Despite their youth and inexperience, the Lobos showed great improvement as they wrestled hard and aggressively all weekend.

Leading the team were champions Hank Goettl (93 pounds) and Austin Hinshaw (83 pounds). Goettl and Hinshaw both dominated their competition with good mat sense and sound technique. The two seventh graders are looking forward to a successful season.

The Lobos controlled the 83 pound weight class as Tylor Smart (6th grade) came in second place and Ethan Williams (6th grade) took third. Fifth-grader Jordan Bramblett was the surprise of the tournament as he wrestled up a weight class (88 pounds) and earned a hard-fought second place medal. While seventh-grader Virgil Scott used his athleticism to place fourth at the 111 pound weight class. Also earning fifth place medals were Zak O'Brien (78 pounds), Raymond Newhall (78 pounds), Chase Reams (93 pounds), Scooter McGarity (98 pounds), Jared Cutshaw (118), Norbert Mesa (167), and Anthony Settani (HWT).

The following week at the Mingus Duals, Cottonwood Wrestling continued its tradition of community service as they raised money for former Lobo wrestler Ray Smart. Smart has been fighting a serious heart condition for the past seven months and after several lengthy hospitalizations he is scheduled to receive open-heart surgery in January. In a joint-effort with Mingus Wrestling, the Lobo Wrestling team raised $500 for Smart's mounting medical expenses. CMS coach, Klint McKean said that he would like to thank Coach Tom Wokasch, the Mingus Wrestling program, the Lobo wrestlers and their parents for their continued support and cooperation. "They truly displayed the holiday spirit in their eagerness to give back to a family in need."

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