By Allen Hamrick

CCMS Mustangs wrestling champions. Michelle Casto photo.

CCMS wrestling is back in the headlines and setting fire to the mats. The CCMS wrestling team is a powerhouse on the mat. The Mustangs are bringing their hunger to get back to the top of the food chain in the world of wrestling.  Thanks to head coach TJ Legg and assistant coach Bob Morris for resurrecting the beast within the walls of CCMS.

The Mustangs took to the mat on December 30 in Braxton County at the Braxton Middle School Duals. Teams from Clay, Lincoln, Mann, All Stars, Taylor and Braxton went head to head. It was a good ol’ fashioned whip down with plenty of great wrestling to go around. The wrestlers of Clay Middle went to work hitting the mats with guts and grit; they gave no quarter and ask for none in return. The Mustangs took home the first-place trophy, beating four of the teams handily. Braxton was the only team to give any pressure to the Mustangs.

The final scores were Mustangs 63, Lincoln 6; Mustangs 60, Mann 30; Mustangs 60, All Stars 15; Mustangs 66, Taylor 18; Mustangs 44, Braxton 42. On Thursday, January 4, the Mustangs took third place at Hayes Middle, and took first place at Spencer on January 6. The Mustangs are making people turn their heads in this sport and are showing no signs of letting up.  They will be back in action on January 12 and 13 at Hayes Middle School.

In other wrestling news, the CCHS Panthers took to the mats at the National Guard Duals in Summersville on Friday, January 5, and Saturday, January 6.  Twenty-eight teams from all over the state and out of state came to compete. The Panthers did fairly well against so many teams placing 12th overall in the tournament.  Although the tournament was a duals tournament, Colton Casto went undefeated through 10 matches. Joel Cruikshanks went 9-1. The Panthers will be in action this coming weekend at Braxton. Come out and support the teams.