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Another successful wrestling season closes

By Richard White

Last weekend the GHS wrestling team finished 8th in the state tournament held in Little Rock, but placed second among all 6A wrestling schools in the state, trailing only Searcy. Prior to competing at state, the Bulldogs hosted the Big West Conference meet on February 13-14 to earn the right to qualify for the next level.

Bulldogs’ freshman Drew Dundee grapples with his opponent during the recent Big West Conference wrestling meet held at H.B. Stewart Arena. Just three years into its existence, the GHS wrestling program is one of the state’s best in class 6A. (Photo by Richard White courtesy of the Greenwood Dog Pound)

Bulldogs’ freshman Drew Dundee grapples with his opponent during the recent Big West Conference wrestling meet held at H.B. Stewart Arena. Just three years into its existence, the GHS wrestling program is one of the state’s best in class 6A. (Photo by Richard White courtesy of the Greenwood Dog Pound)

The Bulldogs finished in 4th place behind three Class 7A schools. The final scores were as follows: Rogers Heritage: 182.5, Rogers HS: 172.5, Springdale Har-Ber: 166, and then Greenwood with128 points.

GHS heavyweight Jon Womack (left), only a freshman, searches for an advantage against his league opponent earlier this month. At the state tournament last weekend, the Bulldogs finished eighth overall and second among 6A schools. (Photo by Richard White courtesy of the Greenwood Dog Pound)

GHS heavyweight Jon Womack (left), only a freshman, searches for an advantage against his league opponent earlier this month. At the state tournament last weekend, the Bulldogs finished eighth overall and second among 6A schools. (Photo by Richard White courtesy of the Greenwood Dog Pound)

The following wrestlers placed in the tournament: (126 lbs.) Clay Watts – 4th; (132 lbs.) Caleb Erskine – 2nd; (145 lbs.) Taylor Compton – 1st (also named Outstanding Wrestler); (160 lbs.) Bryce Allen – 3rd; (170 lbs.) Kenny Wood – 4th; (182 lbs.) Donald Faulkenberry – 4th; (195 lbs.) Drew Dundee – 3rd; and Gunnar White (220 lbs.) Gunnar White – 4th.

The state wrestling event was held last weekend at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The top 10 team scores were Rogers: 203.5, Heritage: 194, Har-Ber: 187, Cabot: 146, Bentonville: 143.5, Searcy: 139, 7) Catholic: 138.5, and Greenwood: 134; Conway: 105 – 10), and Little Rock Central: 104.5.

The Bulldogs had several team members rack up points in the post-season. These were the guys who placed in the state tournament: (120 lbs.) Dustin Williams, 3rd Place (3-time State; (132 lbs.) Caleb Erskine: 2nd Place; (145 lbs.) Taylor Compton, 1st Place (3-time State Champion); (195 lbs.) Drew Dundee – 6th Place; and (285 lbs.) Jon Womack (9th),

GHS Head Coach John Kincade (right) and volunteer assistant coach David Tuck (left) look on during the Big West Conference tournament held in Greenwood on February 13-14. Kincade and his staff have done a remarkable job since starting the school’s wrestling program three years ago, producing several individual state champions. (Photo by Richard White courtesy of the Greenwood Dog Pound)

GHS Head Coach John Kincade (right) and volunteer assistant coach David Tuck (left) look on during the Big West Conference tournament held in Greenwood on February 13-14. Kincade and his staff have done a remarkable job since starting the school’s wrestling program three years ago, producing several individual state champions. (Photo by Richard White courtesy of the Greenwood Dog Pound)

According to Head Coach Kincade, the Bulldogs have responded to the call well over the past three years. “It was a very enjoyable year! Thank you very much for your support. I would like to say thank you for all of the people who donated items throughout the district and the great support from our administration. It was a huge success.

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