The Cleveland Middle School wrestling team clinched another tournament title last weekend at the Lake Forest Bruins Brawl.
The tournament was a 10-team dual tournament with two pools of five teams. The Raiders dominated their pool with wins over Westside (60-24), Rhea Central (64-18), Alcoa (72-12), and Lake Forest (63-15). In the other pool wrestling, Dalton (Ga.) made it through undefeated which included an impressive 40-39 victory over McCallie. The finals were set with Cleveland to square off against the always tough Dalton team for the title and Lake Forest and McCallie for third place.
With the finals starting at the middle weights, Dalton opened with two pins by Roger Quintero and Maddux Houghton. Cleveland responded with the next three weight classes with a pin by Dylan Liner, picked up a forfeit to Seth Garcia and got another pin by Robert Anderson. The Raiders held an 18-12 lead, but it did not last long with Dalton’s two big guys, Tucker Sumner and Gabriel Arriola, earning pins to take the lead at 24-18.
“We started out at the toughest part of their lineup, but I knew if we could keep it close we would win with our little guys,” said Cleveland head coach Eric Mountain.
The Raiders responded by winning the first three weight classes, with Bryce Pond earning a pin to even up the score. Cody Mathews regained the lead for CMS with a technical fall and Logan Whiteside increased it to 32-24 with a decision. Dalton responded one last time with a pin by Leo Adame to narrow Cleveland’s lead to 32-30. But, the Raiders finished the dual up with three pins by Fide Galvan, Joseph Bowers, and Alec Bowers and clinched the title with a 50-30 win over Dalton.
Coach Mountain said, “I am excited about how our guys are getting better every time we step on the mat. We wrestled really well today, and I am proud of how our guys are representing Cleveland Wrestling.”
McCallie ended the tournament in third behind Cleveland and Dalton, with Lake Forest in fourth.
The CMS wrestling team is now 17-1 and has earned first place at the Spring Station Invitational, Raider Rumble Dual Tournament, and the Bruins Brawl. The raiders will wrestle again at the Baylor Holiday Duals Saturday.