Payson Longhorn wrestlers traveled to the White Mountains over the weekend for a 3A East multi-meet and were in Fountain Hills last Wednesday for another multi-meet.
Payson won three of its five contests at the Show Low event and two of its three in Fountain Hills.
The weekend wins were against Alchesay, 60-24; Snowflake, 48-36; and Round Valley, 34-34 with more pins. The Horns lost to Blue Ridge, 54-18 and Show Low, 50-22.
Points against Alchesay were won by Austin Armstead, 112 lbs., with a fall; Zac Wilson, 119 lbs., with a fall; Matt Schreur, 125 lbs., fall; Colton Ludtke, 145 lbs., fall; Conner Anderson, 152 lbs., fall; Gunner Bauer, 160 lbs., fall; and Tanner Savage, 171 lbs., fall.
Losing were Hilton Macnab, 189 lbs., fall and Samuel Lamont, 215 lbs., fall. The Horns had forfeits in the 130-, 135- and 140-lbs. classes.
Winners against Snowflake were Armstead with a pin; Wilson with a pin; Schreur with a fall; Jacob Cluff, 130 lbs., with a fall; Ben Lee, 140 lbs., with a fall; Ludtke with a fall; Anderson with a fall. Losing were Tanner Purtill, 135 lbs., with a fall; Bauer, with a fall; Savage, with a fall; and Macnab, with a fall. Lamont had a forfeit.
Wins against Round Valley were put on the boards by Armstead, fall; Cluff, with an 8-7 decision; Lee, with a major decision, 10-1; Bauer, fall; Savage, by a 12-5 decision. Losing were Purtill, with a fall; Ludtke, with an 11-5 decision; Anderson, Macnab and Lamont, all pinned.
Winning for Payson against Blue Ridge were Wilson, with an 8-6 decision; Schreur, with a fall; Lee, with an 8-6 decision; and Bauer. Losses were against Blue Ridge were: Armstead, fall; Cluff, an 8-1 decision; Purtill, fall; Colton Ludtke, a 5-2 decision; Anderson, fall; Savage, fall; Macnab, fall; and Samuel Lamont, fall.
Against Blue Ridge, Payson had to forfeit in the 103-lbs. and 285-lbs. weight classes.
Horns who won against Show Low were Schreur, fall; Lee, with a technical; Ludtke, fall; Bauer, a 9-7 decision; and Savage, technical. Losing were Armstead, pinned; Wilson, 6-4 decision; Cluff, technical fall; Purtill, fall; Anderson, fall; Macnab, pinned; and Lamont, pinned.
“As a team, I didn’t feel we wrestled up to our potential,” coach Casey Woodall said. “Individually Ben Lee and Matt Schreur both looked really good.”
The coach is looking for the return of Jacob Spear to be a real boost to the team.
Spear has been out of the lineup due to an ankle injury and is expected to be back on the mat in about two weeks, the coach said.
The Longhorn contests in Fountain Hills were against the host school, which beat Payson 39-33; Parker and Wickenburg, which both lost to Payson, 47-12 and 39-38 respectively.
Winning over Wickenburg were Armstead, with a fall; Cluff, with a technical; Purtill, fall; Lee, fall; Ludtke, fall; Anderson, fall; Bauer, fall; Macnab, fall; Lamont, fall.
Losses sustained against Wickenburg were by Wilson, fall and Savage, fall.
Wins against Parker were posted by Wilson, fall; Cluff, 9-1 decision; Purtill, fall; Lee, fall; Ludtke, fall; Savage, technical. Losing to Parker were Dailey Carnes, wrestling at 112 lbs., with a fall; Armstead, moved up to 119 lbs., a 20-7 decision; Bauer, 17-6; and Lamont, pinned. Anderson had a bye and Macnab had a forfeit.
Against Fountain Hills, the Horns won with Carnes, fall; Armstead, fall; Wilson, fall; Lee, fall; and Savage, 12-7. Losing were Purtill, fall; Ludtke, fall; Anderson, fall; Bauer, 13-11; Macnab, fall; and Lamont, pinned. Cluff had a bye against Fountain Hills.
“At Fountain Hills, it was good for some of our young guys to get in the lineup and figure out the areas they need to work on,” Woodall said.
The Horns are on the road Friday and Saturday at the McClintock Tournament.
“More than 20 teams will be there and the majority are 4A and 5A schools,” the coach said.
“The season is very young,” he said and added he feels his grapplers have a lot of potential.