The Incline Middle School wrestling team put on a great performance in a tournament at Eagle Valley this past Friday, as the Mountain Lions brought 14 wrestlers and brought home eight medals.
“The team is really starting to come together and become more of family,” said Incline Middle School coach Jordan Cronin. “These guys are making improvements every week, working hard and maturing. These guys can help take the Incline wrestling program to the next level.”
Incline wrestlers Micheal Hartman (fourth place), Keenan Collier (third place), Joe Wilderman (second place) and Ben Ropers (second place) all wrestled great as they had to face some very good wresters to earn their medals.
“Ben Ropers went out today with such a level head,” Cronin said. “He was there to wrestle his best and have fun. Fortunately for Ben, that is a great combo because he wrestled great.”
Incline’s own Cameron Kent wrestled his first official match at Eagle Valley, but he earned his stripes as he wrestled himself to a third-place medal.
Esten Flores also showed how hard work leads to improvement, as he made it to his first finals match ever. He brought home a second-place medal but wrestled like a champion.
Veteran captains Chase Buergin and Fidel Rodriguez ended up wrestling in the same weight class. Buergin earned himself a second-place medal while Rodriguez took third.
“Chase and Fidel are tough guys,” Cronin said. “Chase earned his second silver medal of the season while Fidel earned his first medal. I know they both want to bring home the gold and I believe they can, so we are going to work hard these next two weeks”
The wrestlers who did not medal have just this week to prepare for the zone tournament, where they can qualify for the Tah-Neva Northern State Championships.