The Rim Country Middle School Maverick wrestling team continued to build on its already impressive 1998 performance with a 68-18 dual-match win over Winslow and a tournament victory at the 10-team Camp Verde Invitational.
In early season action, the Mavericks pounded Holbrook 72-18, thumped Mogollon 67-22 and finished second at the Joseph City Invitational Tournament.
In the White Mountain League win in Winslow Nov. 12, the Mavericks dominated with 10 pins.
Those who recorded falls were Billy Bob Hoyt (80), Justin Deaton (90), Matt McCarty (95), Larry Wilbanks (100), Zach Lee (105), Ashton Shewey (112), Waylon Quotskuyva (135), Taylor Walden (145), Bryce River (165) and Jason Welch (225).
At the Camp Verde tournament Nov. 14, the Mavericks edged past a powerful Peoria club team for the title.
The victory, RCMS coach Jon Vick said, was particularly impressive because the Peoria team has the advantage of wrestling on a year-round basis.
The Mav triumph was fueled by eighth-grader Matt McCarty who copped the gold in the 93-pound class and was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. On his way to the title, McCarty pinned a Peoria grappler that ranked second in the nation in his age/weight class.
Other gold-medal winners were Lee (98), Wilbanks (104), Quotskuyva (142), River (167) and Welch (225).
Walden took second in the 154-pound class and Jason Armon was third among the 93 pounders.
Vick praised the efforts of Walden who gave the tourney champion from Peoria a tough match. Against the experienced club wrestler, Walden lost only because of "beginner mistakes," Vick said.
The Mavericks returned to White Mountain League action yesterday, Thursday, in Payson against the Snowflake Lobos. The Mavericks have never beaten Snowflake and are looking for a win as a huge step to the league championship.