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January 17, 2019 Golden Hawk grapplers show off gains at WACO
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Mid-Prairie struggled early in a tough field at the WACO Warrior Invite, but had multiple wrestlers battle back to wrestle above their seed.

Three Mid-Prairie wrestlers finished higher than their seed on the day including David Murray, Cael Garvey and Josh Wallington.

Murray started his day off with a confidence building 15-0 technical fall over Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union’s Will Schwab. That put Murray into the semifinals, where he was pinned with seven seconds left in the match.

After that, he went on to the third-place match to face another Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union wrestler in Felix Solis, who was the second seed on the day. Murray scored an early takedown in the first period and used that to pin Solis.

“David has wrestled well all week. He is wrestling his match and staying in good positions,” Mid-Prairie coach Justin Garvey said.

Cael Garvey had what Justin Garvey called a “breakthrough tournament” in terms of proving to himself what he can do.

In the quarterfinals Garvey was able to get a good throw on Hunter Conger of Pekin and get the first-period pin.

“Cael likes big throws and the Pekin kid wanted to stand up and throw with him,” Justin Garvey said.

Garvey fell to No. 1 seed Hunter Cobb of Wayne High School in the semifinals, but bounced back with a pin in the third-place match.

Josh Wallington took third place at 195 pounds, opening up his day with a 8-1 decision over Luis Guerrero of Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union. He then got pinned in the third period of his semifinal match.

Wallington won by injury forfeit in the third-place match to finish his day with a win.

Cory Allen was fifth at 170 pounds, Gannon Callahan was fifth at 285 pounds and Dallas Miller was sixth at 126 pounds.

Mid-Prairie finished the day 10th in the team race, with Wayne High School winning the tournament.

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