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Wolves Wrestling Goes to Grapevine, Texas to Compete

By Jeff Mapes
The Davis Wolves wrestling team stepped back into action Jan. 6-7 and stepped out of state to compete in a dual tournament at Grapevine, Texas.
Davis was the smallest of 24 teams that represented five states. The Wolves finished 12th overall and placed fourth in their pool.
“I did everything I could to put them up against some tough competition,” said Davis head coach Ryan Bates. “Because dual records don’t mean a whole lot unless their battle tested.
I’m trying to make sure they’re ready when they face that tough competition at the end of the season.”
Davis went 2-5 in dual competition and the Wolves’ grapplers won 40 of their 73 individual matches.
The Wolves were 2-3 on day one of the tournament. Davis opened with Silver, New Mexico, a dual state runner-up, and was defeated 58-15.
Davis then won 46-36 over Colleyville (TX) Heritage and 51-18 over Frisco (TX) Liberty. The Wolves lost 54-20 to Amarillo (TX) Caprock and 59-18 to Plano (TX) West.
On day two, Davis lost 42-31 to Anna (TX) and 48-35 to Lubbock (TX) Coronado.
Individually, junior Mason Tomlinson went 6-1 at 215 pounds. Ethan May was 5-2 at 150, losing to a Texas state placer and a New Mexico state champion. Luke Johnson was also 5-2 at 165.
Sophomore Jett Jennings was 4-3 at 138 and Haiden Bridges went 4-3 at 144.
“I’m trying to make that regional tournament and state tournament look like a small tournament,” Bates said. “They’re just another tournament.”
“I’m going to continue to put us in those spots,” Bates continued. Because at the end of the year it makes us better and at our regional, and at our level, it will make us that much better.”
The Wolves will return to action Jan. 12 for a dual at Sulphur.

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