The Dragon wrestling team took to the mats at the Arlington Martin Warrior Invitation Nov. 20-21, in their first UIL competition of the season.
This early season clash featured some of the top teams from our area, region and state. This group was headlined by six state-ranked teams that included, SA Churchill, Keller Central, Arlington Bowie, EP Franklin, Hebron and the host Arlington Martin. This is first time in several years the Dragons have elected to stay in DFW for their first competition of the season.
The previous five seasons the team has traveled to Moore, Okla. to complete in the Southmoore Open. In this event, the Warrior Invite has grown from a small area tournament to one of the premier events in the state with an extremely competitive field of 42 teams.
The Dragons started off strong, ending day one leading the tournament and Martin by half a point, closely followed by EP Franklin and district foe Timber Creek. The Dragons advanced 8 wrestlers to the quarterfinal round and had the majority of the team moving onto competition Saturday. With the deep field, the quarterfinals proved to be some of the toughest, most competitive matches of the tournament.
When the dust settled, So. Cameron Haddock, Jr. Aron Lindberg and Sr. Jack Duval advanced to the semifinal round. Haddock’s win was a little sweeter than most, as he avenged a postseason lost to 6A state placer Taylor Parks of Arlington Bowie. The two wrestled in the Region 1 120 lbs. state challenge match last season, with the Parks edging Haddock in a very close match. Aron Lindberg made his first semifinals by taking out the #1 seed at 160 lbs. from Plano High. Duval continued his winning ways from last season and dominated a game opponent from Paschal to advance.
These three went onto dispatch of their semifinal opponents and reach finals. Along with the three finalist, So. Andrei Steinjann (5th), Jr. Adam Lindberg (4th), Sr. Zach Francis (6th) and Sr. David Trimino (5th) battled their way back through the consolation bracket to place at the event. This strong team effort and performance propelled the team to a 2nd place team finish. The Dragons topped five state-ranked teams including El Paso Franklin (3rd @ 2015 UIL 6A State), but finished behind the host Martin.
Pin Cancer Night at Carroll High School Dec. 8
The Carroll Varsity Wrestling team will host Pin Cancer Night in a home dual against Keller High School. The meet is Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll High School gym. “Pin Cancer” T-shirts will be sold for $25 with all the money raised during the night to be donated to the Pin Cancer organization.