A contingent of eight Rim country wrestlers prepped for the upcoming Grand Canyon Games by honing their skills last weekend in the USA Wrestling State championships.
The older youngsters, competing in the cadet (14-15 years) and junior classes (16-17), traveled to Apache Junction for Greco Roman and freestyle competition. The younger athletes, in the school boy (12-13) and novice (10-11) classes, competed in freestyle only at Tempe Desert Vista High School.
At Desert Vista, Garrett Stanley and McCarty took first-place honors. Stanley won the school boy 120-pound class and McCarty took the novice 85-pound title. Also in Tempe, Porter Wilbanks (novice; 90 pounds) was third and Nathan Lee (school boy; 145 pounds) finished fourth.
In the Apache Junction showdown, R. C. LaHaye was the only Rim country wrestler to emerge victorious. His win came in the 143-pound junior division.
In the cadet class, Zack Lee (132) and Larry Wilbanks (112) were both third. Matt McCarty participated in the 120-pound competition but did not medal.
The only athletes to enter the Greco Roman-style wrestling were Larry Wilbanks and LaHaye. Both earned silver medals.
The Grand Canyon Games in Tucson will be held June 3.