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February 1, 2018 Golden Hawks set season dual win record, compete at RVC tournament
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Mid-Prairie has set the single season dual win record with 14 this year.

According to Justin Garvey, Mid-Prairie coach, the dual win record is one of the nice accomplishments this year for the team.

“I think it really gave them something to work towards,” he said. “Even if we weren’t always competing to win the team titles at tournaments it gave them something to work towards.”

They achieved the record on Jan. 25 with a 45-24 win over Tipton and a 66-12 win over Durant.

He said the team knew they’d have to wrestle tough against Tipton to get the record in their second to last dual of the season and accomplished that goal.

Those two duals wrapped up the regular season for Mid-Prairie as they turned their focus to the River Valley Conference tournament on Saturday.

The top finisher for Mid-Prairie was third-place finisher at 126 pounds Eli Steckly. Steckly won his first round match with a 59-second pin over Chase Miller of North Cedar.

His semi-final match was against Class 1A No. 7 Nolan Noonan of Cascade and Noonan was able to pin Steckly in 1:50. That didn’t end his day as Steckly would wrestle two more matches.

He got a pin and a 13-2 major decision in the third-place match to finish the highest of any Mid-Prairie wrestler. Garvey said injury and illness have held Steckly out for a lot of the season, but he’s working his way back into form now.

“It’s been kind of a tough season and here he comes and takes a loss to a kid who is really, really good and fights all the way back to third place,” Garvey said.

Garvey also said Isaac Boucher had a nice day with a fifth-place finish at 220 pounds. Boucher won a 6-4 match against Calib Lilly from Wilton in his first match before falling to Kolby Snodgrass, who is ranked No. 9 in Class 2A according to The Predicament, in the semi-final.

Boucher then lost his consolation semi-final in a 14-12 sudden victory overtime. He then won his fifth-place match with a first-period pin.

Other place-winners for Mid-Prairie include Tobin Miller who placed sixth at 113, Dallas Miller who placed sixth at 120, David Murray sixth at 138, Miles Burrows seventh at 145, Ben Meader eighth at 160, Cory Allen seventh at 170 and Colton Allen fifth at 182.

Mid-Prairie will now turn their attention to one of the toughest sectionals in the state at Washington. It features ranked wrestlers from Centerville, Fairfield, Washington and West Liberty with 10 wrestlers in their sectional ranked. Wrestling will start at noon at Washington High School on Saturday.

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