Longhorns Compete At Aau Grand Nationals

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In the field of topnotch athletes who participated in the Amateur Athletic Union Grand National Freestyle Wrestling tournament held last weekend in Shreveport, La. were six grapplers representing the town of Payson.

By the time the final champion rosters had been posted in the two-day mat showdown, all six local wrestlers had placed.

AAU champions Mark McCarty and Zack Lee were leading the Rim country charge in Shreveport.

McCarty, who will be a seventh-grader at Rim Country Middle School next year, wrestled his way to a gold medal in the novice (11-12-years) 120-pound division.

Zack Lee, a defending state high school champion, captured his AAU medal in the Elite (17-18-years) 152-pound division. In the final match, Zack outdueled a talented Illinois wrestler, 12-7, to win the gold.

Zack's efforts drew praise from coach Dave LaMotte, who traveled to Shreveport with the group.

"Zack wrestled well. He had a really good tournament," he said.

Zack's younger brother, Nathan, managed a second-place showing competing in the cadet (15-16-years) 171-pound class. Nathan's only loss was a 12-6 defeat in the first round to a North Carolina representative.

Tyler Goodman battled to a third-place showing in the school boy (13-14-years) 95-pound class. Goodman will be a freshman at PHS next school year.

Also representing the Rim country were George Coleman and Zack Rogers.

Coleman was fourth in the elite 215-pound division and Rogers was fifth in the school boy 110-pound class.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Zack Lee, Nate Lee and LaMotte will travel to Norfolk, Va. to participate in the National Scholastic Open tournament.

"The weigh-in is Sunday, and they'll wrestle folkstyle (high school rules) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday," LaMotte said.

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