The Dragons finished second as a team and will send a record six qualifiers and two alternates to the UIL State Tournament Feb. 19-20 at the Berry Center in Cypress. Junior Adam Lindberg won the region title in the 170-pound weight class and senior Jack Duval was a region runnerup in the 160-pound class.
Carroll coach Joe Hathaway was named Region I Coach of the Year as he led the Dragons to their highest region finish in school history. The Dragons were region runnerup to Arlington Martin. The Dragons scored 163.5 points and Martin finished with 231.5.
The following are the list of state qualifiers and alternates…
Wrestler, Weight Class, Grade
Nolin Wheeler, 106, Senior
Clay Vincent, 113, Senior
Jack Duval, 160, Senior
Adam Lindberg, 170, Junior
Jacob Doddridge, 220, Sophomore
Lucas Tribble, 285, Senior
Zach Francis, 182, Senior
Jake Johnson, 195, Sophomore
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.
Members of the Dragon Wrestling team competed at the 2015 Texas Freestyle & Greco-Roman State Championships this weekend in Irving. The tournament was held at the Irving Convention Center and featured wrestlers from across the state competing for the opportunity to qualify for this summer’s USAW National Championships on Fargo, ND. The top four wrestlers in each age division and weight class qualify to represent Texas at the National tournament. Freestyle and Greco-Roman are the styles contested in the Olympics and on the international level across the world. Greco-Roman led off the tournament followed by Freestyle.
CSHS Junior’s Jack Duval and Zach Francis, both captains on the Dragon Wrestling team, captured Greco-Roman state titles in impressive fashion. Duval rattled off 6 straight victories including wins over two UIL state qualifiers and a Prep All-American. Francis made quick work of his bracket, capping it off with a :16 second pin in the finals to take the gold. Fr. Cameron Haddock was the other Dragon to place in the Greco-Roman tournament, finishing fourth. These three wrestlers qualified for Nationals this summer.
The Dragons has a great showing in the Freestyle tournament with five wrestlers placing in the top 4. They were led by two silver medal performances from Jack Duval and Cameron Haddock. Both wrestler had very impressive tournaments but fell just short in the gold medal match. Fr. Andrei Steinjann and So. Adam Lindberg battled their way to bronze medals, while Jr. Zach Francis came out on the short end of a back and forth battle with a UIL state placer for the bronze. Zach just missed an opportunity to advance to the gold medal match when he gave up a late takedown to fall 6-5 to the eventual champion.
All around it was a great performance from our wrestlers and a testament to all of the hard work they have been putting in. We are all excited to see our wrestlers representing Team Texas at the National Duals this June and the National Championships in July.
Carroll will compete in the San Antonio Reagan Duals and the Coyote Class at Frisco Heritage High School this week. The Dragons are 9-3 in dual meets. The junior varsity boys and varsity girls will compete in the Coyote Classic.
The Dragons continue to gear toward the District 4-6A tournament at Keller on Feb. 4.
The Dragons jumped out to an early lead at 24-12 before halftime. The highlighted matches of the dual came in the early run with Cameron Haddock and Trevor Price winning huge matches over past regional placers from Keller. The Dragons built their lead and held off a late run by the Indians for a 38-34 victory. The Dragons improved to 5- 1 in dual meets on the season.
The Dragon also traveled to the Mid-America Nationals in Enid last weekend. The field was load with top competition, but the Dragons wrestled well all weekend. Five wrestlers took home hardware, placing in the top six. Cameron Haddock (4th), Zach Francis (4th), Ryan Lindberg (5th), Jack Duval (5th), & Andrei Steinjann (5th). Three others placed in the top eight, Zach Schmidt (7th), Baron Walsh (7th) and Clay Vincent (8th). All wrestlers received at least five matches each in the event. The team battled back to finish in 10th.
The dual pitted the Green team, lead by senior Michael Basler, against the Black team, headed up senior Cameron Gonzales. The Dragons will be tested early and often as they start their season with a district dual against Timber Creek at home on Nov. 21 before traveling to Oklahoma this weekend to compete in the at the Southmoore Open in Moore.
The Dragons are vying for a third consecutive District Dual Team title this season. This week’s dual is also Dragon Youth Wrestling Night. Young Dragon wrestlers can wear Dragon gear to the event and get in free. It will start at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity and the varsity begins at 7 p.m.