Junior Wildcat wrestling tournament welcomes more than 230 competitors

The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club hosted its third annual tournament Sunday, Dec. 16, at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.

Competitors came from Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee to wrestle in 3 to 14 year old age groups and in 36 to 257 pound weight classes. There were 230 boys and girls that competed in the event.

“We even had three teams from Tennessee represented this year,”  said club president Rollie Hawks. “Those are the kinds of teams that will drive as far as necessary to find a good tournament every weekend. The fact that they chose ours says a lot.”

Those placing first for the Junior Wildcats were Zoee Sadler, 6 years and under, 40 pounds; Blake Mays, 7&8, 96; Madilyn Hawk, 7&8, 96; Collin Hall, 11&12, 175; and Logan Jerolds, 13&14, 111.

Second place efforts were recorded by Merideth Dakoda, 6&U, 42; Drew Sadler, 6&U & 7&8, 42 pounds; Evan Hall, 6&U, 44; Daniel Adams, 6&U, 58; Clayton Smith, 6&U, 80; Brett Smith, 7&8, 55; Caleb Mays, 7&8, 54; Blake Mays, 9&10, 62; Avery Goines, 9&10, 93; Bryce Bowers, 9&10, 134; Nathan Kisat, 11&12, 75; Jeff Fombelle, 13&14, 200; Cadien Stone, 13&14, 112; and Logan Jerolds, 13&14, 111.

Third place efforts were recorded by Kane Buchmeir, 6&U, 53; Milam Smith, 6&U, 57; Dylan Smith, 9&10, 64 and Jacy Mays, 9&19, 80.

Fourth place finishers were Johnny Turner, 6&U, 73; Kaden Lincoln, 7&8, 68; Caleb Hileman, 7&8, 53; Chad Myers, 9&10, 109;  Clayton Ramage, 13&14, 80; and Bryce Henderson, 13&14, 88.

Fifth place finishers were Jason Rios, 9&10, 63; and Aiden,  Jacobs, 11&12, 88.

Keegan Keller, 9&10, 101, finished sixth.

Nick Jimenez, 13&14, 258, competed in exhibition class and placed first by default.

“The high school coaches and wrestlers, the junior program parents, all the other people who volunteered their time and services: everyone did an awesome job making sure this tournament was a success,” A-J Junior Wildcat head coach Grover Mays said.

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