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Boys Middle School Wrestling, Boys Varsity Wrestling · Wrestling: Hoover Recap

Over the weekend Tri-Valley’s wrestling team competed at the 57th annual North Canton Hoover Holiday Invitational finishing in 21st place out of the 32 team field which included a number of the state’s best teams and individuals from all three divisions. Leading the way for the Scotties were individual placers Caden Walcott, finishing in 6th place at 160 lbs., and Luke Hernandez finishing in 3rd place at 138 lbs. Skyler Wisecarver went 3-2 at 106 lbs. over the 2 day tournament, Gabe Hehr 2-2 at 120 lbs., Austin Vensil 2-2 at 126 lbs., and Jimmy Priest 2-2 at heavyweight. Walcott advanced to the quarterfinal round after day one where he dropped a loss to eventual the eventual 5th place finisher from Massilon Jackson. He then won two consecutive matches before dropping a close match to the eventual 3rd place finisher from Carrollton. In the finals, Caden was again facing the same opponent he did in the quarters and fell to the same result finishing in 6th place with a 4-3 record in the tournament.
Caden had a strong showing at a very tough tournament. His wrestling improved as the tournament progressed and he was in the match up until the end with the 3rd place finisher in the consolation quarters. The other Scottie place winner was senior 138lber. Luke Hernandez who finished the weekend with a 5-1 record. Luke advanced to the semifinals where he suffered his first defeat on the season to the fourth ranked wrestler in the state and 2 time state placer, Nick Henneman from Oregon Clay who would go on and win the title at 138 lbs. Luke dropped down into the consolation semifinals and won his last two matches to finish in third place. This was Hernandez’s first true test of the season against another accomplished wrestler who is ranked ahead of him and even though he lost the match, there are a lot of learning points we can take away from it. Two mistakes really cost him the match, and those mistakes are easily correctable. Overall, we competed pretty considering the youth and inexperience we went there with. This is easily the toughest early season tournament in the state and we had two placers out of nine, six individuals make it to the second day, and a couple who suffered close loses to wrestlers that placed. This is the first of three extremely challenging tournaments that we have scheduled for this year and all we have asked of the team is to compete in every position and focus on getting better. If those are two things that can consistently be accomplished, when we get to the MVL Championships, Sectionals, and Districts, we will be in good shape. Next up for the DAWGS is another match up with a top 10 Central District opponent in Watkins Memorial at home on Wednesday at 6:00PM.