The Elma High School wrestling team had a chance to compete agaist some of the best in the state last weekend when the Eagles traveled to Blaine for the Battle at the Border Tournament.
The Battle at the Border is one of the toughest wrestling tournaments during the season with 32-man brackets for each weight class with several state placers in each bracket, but after one day of wrestling all 10 of the Eagle wrestlers who went to the tournament were still wrestling.
“It is one of the toughest tournaments in the state,” coach Jason Dick said. “The competition was great. We still have a long ways to go, but as a team we wrestled alright. (This tournament) will tell you where you are at and where you need to be. It is kind of a barometer for the season.”
The barometer showed senior Tyson Dick is very close to his goal of a state championship. Tyson Dick finished second in the 145-pound weight class losing the final match 5-4 to a wrestler who placed at state last season. He had his opponent on his back but time expired before Dick could earn a pin or any back points.
“He is wrestling well right now,” Jason Dick said. “He works really hard breaking down his film. He is meticulous about fixing his mistakes and he likes to work on them weekly if not daily.”
Senior Tanner Sample had to drop out of the tournament on Saturday because of illness, but he finished sixth at 138 pounds. Elma had the fifth- and sixth-place finishers at 220 pounds in senior Brek McGaughy, who finished fifth, and Austin Carrell, who placed sixth.
“I was happy with all of my wrestlers,” Jason Dick said. “They are battling and improving. We are wrestling real physical right now. There is always stuff to work on and the kids will come back in the room this week and work hard.”