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Four Golden Hawk wrestlers finished their Saturday with a win at the WACO invitational, battling back from earlier losses to finish strong.
The top finish for Mid-Prairie was a second place finish for Isaac Boucher at 220 pounds. Boucher lost his finals match by fall to East Buchanan’s Taylor Fox, but had two pins and a close semifinal win to get there.
His semi-final match went scoreless through the first period, with the two scoping out potential weaknesses and openings. The second period Boucher chose down and quickly escaped to take the 1-0 lead. A bad throw attempt from Boucher led to a takedown for Louie Chickering. Boucher had a clutch reversal with just five seconds remaining in the second period to take the 3-2 lead.
Chickering chose down to start the third period and needed just an escape to tie things up. Boucher was able to turn Chickering for three seconds, giving him a two-point near fall and the 5-2 lead. Boucher won with the 5-2 decision.
Three Mid-Prairie wrestlers had their chances in the third place match, with Eli Steckly placing third at 126 pounds, Colton Allen third at 182 pounds and Vinnie Bowlin fourth at 138 pounds.
Allen lost a tight 3-1 decision to New London’s Darin Hill in the semifinal, with some controversy coming in the match after a would-be takedown was ruled out of bounds despite Allen’s feet remaining in the ring. After some argument back and forth between the Mid-Prairie coaches and the referee it was still ruled not a takedown and Allen couldn’t finish some other close attempts and lost 3-1.
“I got in on a few shots and didn’t finish like I should of, the guy was tough and it just happened like that,” he said.
Allen took that loss and used it as fuel to come out and dominate his third-place match. Allen was able to pin his third place match opponent Skyler Juhl in 3:14.
“I knew I had to win this match to really place so I prepared for this match extra from what I normally do and kind of went from there,” Allen said.
Both of Steckly’s wins on the day were quick, with two first period pins. Bowlin won his first two matches on the day with a 26-second pin and a 7-4 decision before losing his last two.
On the back side of the consolation bracket Mid-Prairie had three wrestlers reach the consolation finals and wrestle for fifth place. Cory Allen (170 pounds) and Ben Meader (160 pounds) placed fifth while David Murray (145 pounds) placed sixth.
While he lost, Murray nearly overcame a 11-2 second period deficit. Down 7-1 after the first period, Murray was reversed before escaping and being taken down again right away. In the third period Murray got a point for his opponent stalling, an escape, a takendown and a two-point nearfall before he gave up a potentially dangerous penalty point with less than 30 seconds to go. That gave Hunter Conger the 12-9 lead and essentially clinched the match.
Nathan Quimby, Dallas Miller, Joe Allred, TJ Farrier, Dominic McCain, Beau Stutzman, Elisha Sir-Louis and Michael Kelly lost in their consolation brackets before the placing rounds.
Mid-Prairie’s dual meet earlier in the week was postponed, so the tournament was the only action for the Golden Hawks last week. This week they will wrestle Camanche and North Cedar in duals at North Cedar on Thursday before traveling to the Denver Duals on Saturday.