Wrestling team has first meet of the year

Wrestlers compete in their first meet


Shea James

Cody Page practices after school. The wrestling gym is outside in the corner building from the practice field.

The wrestling team competed individually at the Capital Classic Wrestling Tournament against teams from all around Texas. Six varsity members competed on November 15th for the first meet of the year at the DECO center, and all six made top five finishes. Senior Tyler Young, a veteran wrestler who is a two time state qualifier, placed first overall in the 220lb weight class. Freshman John Geiger won second place in the 113lb weight class defeating two state qualifiers in the process.

“[Wood] is a two time state qualifier so we expect a lot out of him this year,” Coach Adam McLain said. “[Geiger] is a freshman with a good background of wrestling skills.”

Lance Reed won fourth place in the 131lb weight class. Three juniors competed in the meet, Gabe Warren, Isaiah Wood and Ricky Smith. Warren placed fourth in the 152lb class, Wood got fourth in the 160lb class and Smith won fifth in the 120lb class. Coach McLain described Smith as a leader and as someone they expect a lot of things from going forward.

“In practice when we work out together my teammates help me out,” Geiger said. “That’s how you get stronger is when you work with your team.”

The team then had their second meet at Georgetown with JV participating in individual and varsity competing in duals. JV wrestlers placed in the top three and varsity won third out of 15 other teams. JV wrestlers junior Jonathan Spires, sophomore Jeremy Kracy and freshmen Grant Burroughs all placed first in their weight classes. Sophomore Garrett Hickman placed second in his weight class and junior Alex McGill placed third. 

That’s how you get stronger is when you work with your team.

— John Geiger

“The team continues to improve and we have high expectations for next weekend in Pflugerville,” Coach McLain said.
Varsity won three matches against Hendrickson, McCallum and Cedar Ridge and lost once to the host, Georgetown. Young and freshmen Geiger and Lance Reed all went undefeated for a combined eight wins. Veteran State Qualifier Zeke Garcia also returned from injury and went on for a win and a loss.

“Working out to get stronger has helped me do so well in the meet,” Reed said. “Also conditioning has helped me lose weight.”

The home opener will be tomorrow starting at 6:30 for JV and 7:30 for varsity against the Hutto Hippos at the main gym.