PRESCOTT — The Prescott wrestling team dominated a three-way dual against section opponents Mingus and Flagstaff on Wednesday in Prescott. The Badgers went 2-0 on the day, defeating Flagstaff, 56-12, and defeating Mingus 46-28.
For the Mingus Marauders, they went 1-1, falling to Prescott and defeating Flagstaff 54-27; Flagstaff was 0-2.
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It was an overall impressive performance from Prescott who secured 13 pins over the course of the two matches and seemed to capitalize on their chances to secure top position.
A major improvement for the Badgers over the beginning of the season, is their ability to fill out an almost full roster in all the different weight classes.
Earlier in the year, the Badgers struggled to yield a full squad, forfeiting up to four weight classes at times, but today they were able to wrestle eight and nine kids in each match.
“It definitely feels like we’re waking up and we’re starting to fill up the team again, since we’re back up to about 10 kids wrestling solid, so that’s always great to see,” 126-pounder Colton Tomitz said. “It’s better in duals and we’re all just working hard and we’re getting ready to go all the way to state.”
In the opening match of the three-way dual, the Badgers met the Eagles where they used good positioning en-route to securing all seven victories via pin with only one loss.
For Prescott, 126-pounder Colton Tomitz, 132-pounder Lincoln Eby, 145-pounder Jack Northrup, 152-pounder Liam Wannamaker and 160-pounder Robert Hussan all picked up first period pin victories. Also, 172-pounder Koby Coates and Nate Goligoski also picked up wins.
For the Eagles only 138-pounder Easten Skinner was victorious, also via pin.
After dropping the opening match, Flagstaff took to the mats to face off against the Marauders in their second match, hoping to pick up a victory. Unfortunately, behind giving up 30 points in the first five weight classes, forfeiting two and giving up three pins, the Eagles couldn’t recover and fell 54-27. For the Maruaders, 106-pounder Xander Seda, 126-pounder Isaac McKean, 152-pounder Sergio Vasquez, all picked up victories via pin, propelling them to the victory.
The Badgers kept up their winning ways, beating Mingus in their second match of the day, although this matchup was a little more competitive. Prescott was successful in securing six pin victories but only four were in the first period and Tomitz was taken the distance by Isaac McKean.
Also for the Badgers, Northrup, Wannamaker, Hussen and Eby all picked up their second first period victories on the day.
The Badgers will be in action next when they compete in the Flowing Wells Invitational on Friday, Jan. 18, with a listed start time of 8 a.m.
The Marauders and Eagles will both compete next at the Doc Wright Invitational hosted by Winslow High School on Friday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m.
Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at email@example.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.