Douglas High’s Hunter Morris works his way toward a pin at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament this past weekend at Cimarron-Memorial High School. Morris went 3-2 over the weekend, falling in the consolation semifinals.
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Ultimately, 12 Douglas High wrestlers saw their seasons reach the final weekend of possible competition down at Cimarron-Memorial High School this past weekend. The Tigers didn’t have any finishers on the podium, but have now set a solid baseline for where the program is a year removed from not being able to compete due to COVID-19. Several Douglas wrestlers were able to pick up multiple wins down in Las Vegas as well, leading with 120-pounder Hunter Morris. Morris grappled into the third round of his opening match before pinning his opponent with 25 seconds to spare in regulation to advance into the quarterfinals. After falling into the consolation bracket, Morris put together two more wins with one coming via pin and the other by a 12-2 major decision. The junior capped his state tournament with a 3-2 record on the mat. Manuel Garcia (195) and Conner Morris (126) both had two wins down south for the Tigers. Garcia worked his way through his opening round match with a 9-6 decision win and earned another victory with a 6-3 decision win in the consolation finals, going -2-2 for the tournament. Fellow senior, Conner Morris also went 2-2 with two wins in the consolation rounds by decision and by fall. Douglas’ 106-pounder, Luke Fournier, also put two state tournament wins on his resume with a first round pin in less than 60 seconds. His second and final win of the state tournament came via a 10-0 major decision. Victor Valdez, Cody Highfill, Jacob Lewis, Gunner Morris, Jaxon Nixon, Sage Adie, Benjamin Singer and Michael White all ended their state tournaments with 0-2 marks. As a team, Douglas scored nine points overall, finishing 18th of the 20 teams in attendance.
(Douglas High’s Manuel Garcia gets his hand raised after a win at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament at Cimarron-Memorial High School. Garcia picked up two wins by decision before ending his tournament in the third round of the consolation bracket. / Courtesy John Hefner)