Junior High Wrestlers Medal At Tourney

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A trio of Rim Country Middle School athletes have wrestled their way to White Mountain League weight class championships.

Nick Goodman (125), Mark McCarty (142) and Steel Armstrong (Hwt) claimed titles by compiling 3-0 records at the WML championship meet Dec. 13 in Heber.

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Rim Country Middle School wrestlers (left to right) Mark McCarty, Steel Armstrong and Nick Goodman are cheered on by several of their Maverick teammates. The trio of wrestlers were celebrating their recent undefeated seasons and weight-class White Mountain League Championship titles.

In addition to their unblemished tournament records, all three Mavericks also finished the regular season unbeaten.

McCarty, an eighth grade three-time league champ, dominated his weight class the entire campaign. Only two matches he participated in were not decided by a fall. Those, he won by decisive point decisions.

Goodman, a seventh-grader, had his greatest competition provided by a Show Low opponent.

"I wrestled him three times and won all three on decisions, two by five points and one by four points," he said.

For Armstrong, a Holbrook wrestler gave him the most trouble.

"He was short and I couldn't shoot on him" he said. "He was pretty strong too."

In the three meetings involving the two foes, Armstrong won two by decisions and one on a pin.

In addition to the three WML champs, the Mavericks had four other wrestlers grapple their way to tournament medals.

In the 104-pound class, Dan McGee finished second after losing the championship match to a Snowflake wrestler.

Taylor Byers (78) and Gunner Goodman (63) finished third in the tournament with 3-1 records.

Zach Burba compiled a 2-2 mark and was fourth in the league finale.

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