The Wildcat grapplers brought only 14 wrestlers to the Region 6 tournament (28 is the maximum of competitors), but of those wrestlers eight placed, including the three seniors who have anchored the program for the last three seasons.
“We had a good day,” Tate said. “We had 11 placers, and that tied us for fourth place.”
All three Wildcat winners gave Highland High fits as the Rams were working to secure the team title. But the Rams ran into three roadblocks in the Wildcat grapplers, as they won that championship.
Brock Rose was the first Woods Cross champion, toppling Brandon Lloyd of Highland 6-2 in the 130-pound final.
John Kendrick picked up a pin in the first round of his final over Christian Decker of Highland.
Then it was Robert “Tiny” Thompson winning the 275-pound weight class as he stuck George Heimuli of Highland.
“These three have been the core of our team over the last few years, and it was great to see them go out like this,” Tate said.
For Rose and Kendrick, it has been a season of injury and recovery. Tate was impressed with the way both came back for region play.
“These guys battled through tough injuries and did a great job for us,” Tate said. “I’m always confident when the three who won walk on the mat. They are good wrestlers.”