LAKE WYLIE — Eighteen wrestlers represented Oakridge Middle School on Feb. 1 at the conference tournament hosted by Castle Heights Middle School.
Several Golden Eagle grapplers placed in this event. Dax Stegall competed in the 84-pound division against 16 other wrestlers. Stegall won his first two matches and then was set back with a loss in his third. He buckled down and battled back to place third in his division. Overall, Stegall finished the day with a 4-1 record – three out of his four wins were pins.
Bent Prikker competed in the 100-pound division, which included 19 wrestlers. He started off with a pin to advance. Prikker won his next match by decision to move on to the semi-finals. He went all out in the semis and won in overtime to advance to the finals of his division. Prikker then faced off against the reigning state champion in his division. He took the match to the champ but ended up getting caught and lost. He placed second in his division and also was named best lightweight wrestler, voted on by the head coaches. Prikker finished the day with a 3-1 record.
Kenshu Her competed in the heavyweight division against 17 wrestlers. Her started off with two straight victories via pin. He then suffered a loss but battled back to take third overall. Her finished with a record of 4-1 on the day, recording three pins.
Ethan Armstrong competed in the 119-pound division against 15 wrestlers. Armstrong finished fourth in his division with a 3-2 record.
Gavin Colocino also had a good day before having to leave the tournament due to an injury. He ended up finishing fifth overall and with a record of 2-2.
Owen Johnson also had a good day competing in a tough 92-pound division, which included 14 wrestlers. Johnson started out with two wins, but then suffered two tough defeats against stiff competition.