If Rim Country Middle School wrestling coach David Daniels can find the athletes to fill a couple of vacant weight classes, the Mavericks could sport the clout to make a run at the White Mountain League championship.
Proof of the prowess of the Mav team was on public display Thursday in old Payson High School Gymnasium.
Pitted against the talented roster of the Snowflake Lobos, the Mavericks were denied a victory because the team had to give up 12 points in forfeits.
After the match, Daniels said he was convinced that the results of the narrow 49-45 loss to the Lobos could be reversed by the end of the season.
In the competition, which drew a spirited crowd of onlookers, most of the Mavericks points came on five wins by falls.
The pins were posted by Greg Lords (83 pounds), Dan McGee (93), Mark McCarty (125), Steel Armstrong (167) and B.J. Welsh (182).
For McCarty and Armstrong, the falls were their second successive this season.
Also for the Mavs, Ben Lee (73), Oshay Chovanec (98) and Zack Burba (133) won decisions. Lee was victorious 3-0, Chovanec won 11-5 and Burba survived 9-7.
Following the match, Daniels said, “Congratulations to (Lee and Burba) on their first varsity wins.”
The coach, a former Payson High School wrestling star, also praised the entire team for their early season accomplishments.
“I was proud of their effort. The boys are working hard in the (wrestling) room and getting better every day,” he said.
Sporting a 1-1 WML record, the Mavericks return to action today (Tuesday) in St. Johns. Match time against the Redskins is 3:30 p.m.
The WML finals are Dec. 14 in St. Johns.