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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Middle school wrestling season synopsis

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Feb 27, 2014

After a season in which the Washington High School wrestling team sent five wrestlers to the state tournament, there’s even more reason to be optimistic about the future of the program when considering the current middle-school wrestlers.
The Washington Middle School wrestlers finished their season with 178 wins in 259 matches, a winning percentage of 69 percent. Of those 178 wins, 124, or 70 percent, came by way of a pin. 17 of the team’s 22 wrestlers had winning records for the season and three (Garrett Ikerd, Ben Bohr and Mitchell Huisenga) went undefeated.
“It was a very successful season. We had some issues getting matches towards the end of the year but the team as a whole was very tough.  A lot of our seventh and eighth grade wrestlers are still wrestling in tournaments on the weekends and that will prepare them for high school wrestling.  Kiowa Keith, Tanner Murphy, Collin Murphy, Garrett Ikerd, Walker Ikerd, and Tristan Westphal-Edwards all wrestled in the AAU Districts and Qualified for AAU State.  The Wrestling Club is organizing our summer programs now and these junior high wrestlers are the future of Washington Wrestling so they will need to continue to be moving forward and working hard.  The wrestling program from K-12th grade is moving in the right direction.  We are providing these young athletes several opportunities to improve, now they just need to do it,” head coach Shawn Ellingson said.

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