by Coach Travis Payne

The El Dorado Springs Bulldog Wrestling team ended their 2018/2019 regular season last week with four events.

On Monday the Bulldogs went to Sherwood High School to wrestle Diamond, Sherwood and Guadalupe Centers Charter. In the first two duels ElDo fell short losing to Diamond by 2 points and losing to Sherwood by 7 points. The Bulldogs then rebounded to defeat Guadalupe 66-0.

The week continued Tuesday as the Bulldogs traveled to Summit Christian Academy to wrestle Summit Christian, Lone Jack and Center High School.  The Bulldogs went undefeated on the night beating Lone Jack 51-27, winning against Summit Christian 66-11 and finally defeating Center High School 47-27.

On Wednesday the Bulldogs went to Butler to wrestle Butler and Adrian High school. The Bulldog Wrestling team beat Butler in the first duel and then lost to Adrian in the second duel.

On Thursday the Bulldogs returned home to wrestle in the final event of the year. They would wrestle Diamond in front of the entire Bulldog student body during an assembly. Soon into the duel the Bulldogs found themselves down 31 to 6 with just one win from Jace Shinn at 106 pounds. The Bulldogs were not ready to give up as the started their comeback, at 145 pounds Hunter Boyles secured a pin making the duel 31-12. At 153 pound Lance Smith fought off getting pinned to keep the Bulldogs in the match at 34-12. The Bulldogs continued battling at 160 with Kaleb Raff getting a major decision and making the score 34-16. The Bulldogs would have to pin their way through the duel to get a tie. Cameron Hargrove got a win at 170 pounds to make it 34-22. At 182 pounds Duane Perkins pinned his opponent in the first round to go 34-28 with one match left. Senior Keilan Jacques was the last match of the night at 195 pounds. Keilan slammed his opponent on the mat and secured a 28 second pin to tie the match at 34-34.

At the scorers table the decision was made by the seventh tie breaking criteria that Diamond had won the duel. But, upon further review it was confirmed that EL Dorado Springs had won the duel by the first tie breaker and El Dorado Springs won their final duel of the season. The El Dorado Springs wrestling team finished the regular season with a dual record of 20-9 and one tournament championship.

The Bulldogs go into the postseason on Friday, Feb. 8. They will compete in the district championship tournament at Knob Noster High School.

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