By Allen Hamrick
The Mustang wrestling team has been in some wars on the mats this season but nothing like at the WSAZ tournament this past weekend.
Fifty-one teams from three different states came to compete against each other in what was to be some of the toughest wrestling the boys have encountered this year. This was the first time in several years that the Mustang wrestlers competed in the WSAZ tournament, and compete they did. The CCMS Mustangs placed 13th out of 51 teams and proved they can compete with anybody.
Colten Casto accomplished what no other wrestler has done in the history of the CCMS wrestling at any weight bracket, and that was to take home the championship trophy.
Casto beat John Covert from Winfield in the final by the score of 2-0. This only proves that Clay wresting will be back at the top of the food chain soon. With talent like Casto’s, he will be sure to make his mark at the middle and high school levels.
Riley Perkins was also in the top three, bringing home third place. This is not bad, considering that the CCMS wrestling team has not had a place to call home this year to practice. Since the CCHS football team has taken over the fitness center, the middle school wrestling team has had to roll out the mats in the cafeteria after school. So, to say the CCMS wrestling team is at a handicap is an understatement. All that and still doing what they do shows their intestinal fortitude.
Their next match will be their last match of the season at Spencer Middle on Saturday.
This will be the CWVAC Championship tournament. Come out if you can, these boys just might bring the CWVAC wrestling trophy to CCMS.
Don’t forget this Saturday is also the Bob Stover Classic at the CCHS gym. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see some good wrestling.