(Pictured above left to Right: Sam Hinton, Anthony Pena, Garrett Vance, Ryan Beattie, Reed Miller, and Ryan Rigby.)
The Pirate Grapplers had a stong showing this past weekend at the Raider Invitational hosted at Wylie East High School, Saturday, Decmber 15th. The Pirates had Six Placewinners, with Four Champions and two Runner-Up finishes.
The four Champions were Reed Miller (145 lbs.), Anthony Pena (160 lbs.), Garrett Vance (182 lbs.) and Ryan Beattie (HWT.) Vance had a stellar day by going 4-0 in the tournament with two pins and two major decisions. Pena had a strong finals appearnce by defeating his Irving MacArthur opponent by major decision of 13-5. Ryan Beattie dominated the championship finals by recording a first period pin over his opponent from McKinney North.
The Pirates had a strong showing and continue to improve. The Pirates take on Rockwall on Thursday, December 20th, at 6:00 p.m. at Wylie HIgh School.
The Pirate grapplers dominated the Raiders of Wylie East tonight in a 72-12 victory. Tyler Vang (120 lbs.), Donnie Mashburn (132 lbs.), Skyler Bagley (132 lbs.), Nation Gibrick (152 lbs.), and Garrett Vance (170 lbs.) all won their matches by way of pin. It was an exciting night to earn a 1st team victory of the Pirates. The next big test occurs Saturday, December 8th at "The Battle of the Belt Duals" at Frisco Wakeland as the top 4a Teams in TEXAS square off. The first dual begins at 9:00 a.m. against Argyle H.S.! Come cheer on your Pirate Grapplers!!!
The Wylie Wrestling Team had a solid showing this past weekend on Saturday, November 17th at the Mustang Invitational (J.J. Pearce High School). The Pirate grapples saw 5 wrestlers earn place winner status in the Varisty division.
Junior Xavier Chagolla (113 lbs.) and Junior Nick Torres (195 lbs.) fought hard through the consolation bracket to finish 4th place on the day. With more experience, these two hard working wrestlers should see continued success.
Senior Captain Donnie Mashburn (132 lbs.) and Junior Anthony Pena (182 lbs.) suffered early round losses but battled back to secure the 3rd place finish in their respective brackets. Mashburn competed in dominating fashion in the Consolation finals by securing a 9-0 major decision over McKinney North's Chad Mendez. Anthony Pena dominated in his consolation Finals match against Plano West's Justin Branson by securing a 2nd period pin. Pena improves to 5-1 on the season.
The 182 lb. championship was captured by Senior Captain Garrett Vance who went 3-0 in competition on the day. In the finals, Vance aggresively attacked his opponent, Keller Central's Fransisco Meza, and used a slick slide-by to secure an early takedown. Vance continued his attacked and physically turned his opponent to secure a 1st period pin. Vance improves his record to 4-0 on the season.
In Junior Varsity action, Four Pirate wrestlers earned placewinner status. Sophomore Arman Mansauri (145 lbs.) and Freshman Brendan Vaughn (195 lbs.) earned Runner-Up finishes. Freshman Hunter Bryant (126 lbs.), Sophomore Ryan Rigsby (145 lbs.) and Sophomore Tyler Vang (120 lbs.) earned victories in the finals to become Champions of their weight class.
The Pirates compete next against rival Lake Highlands High School on Tuesday, November 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the Wylie High School Auxiliary Gym. Come cheer on the Pirates as they "Make their Mark"!
The Wylie Wrestling team experienced its first loss this past Tuesday, November 13th against a tough Berkner Ram squad. The Rams won 9 of 14 bouts resulting in victory by a score of 56 to 19. The pirates four victories were secured by a strong group of Pirate Upperclassmen. Junior Nick Torres (220 lbs.) secured the first victory of the dual after battling back from a 11-2 deficit to pin his opponent. Team Captain Donnie Mashburn (132 lbs.) won by decision of 11-4 and Junior Anthony Pena (160 lbs.) defeated his opponent, with 2 sets of nearfall points, and a 14-4 major decision. Senior Captain Garrett Vance (182 lbs.) closed out the dual with a :23 takedown and a 1st period pin. The Pirates next competition is this upcoming Saturday, November 17th at J.J. Pearce High School for the Mustang Invitational. Competition begins at 9:00 a.m.
Seasoned squad ready for action
By Greg Ford
Fans of Wylie wrestling got a first good look at this year’s squad during the Nov. 6 Black and
Maroon scrimmage at the high school. What they glimpsed was a team with raw and seasoned talent that could potentially make some noise in Class 4A competition this season. “I think we have good experience,” said Head Coach Brian Cook. “Last year was the first year for a lot of guys … That year of experience helps
a ton, and this year, now that we’re going 4A … They know we have a chance to be competitive on
the state level.”
The Pirates opened the season Tuesday at L.V. Berkner and are scheduled to wrestle Saturday at
J.J. Pearce’s Mustang Invitational. After that, they won’t hit the mat again until Tuesday, Nov. 27, when they host Lake Highlands in what should be the team’s first big test of the
season. The Pirates also will see plenty of competition in December, starting with the Dec. 1 Rumble at
the Rock Tournament in Rockwall, which will be followed by a Dec. 6 dual meet at Wylie East.
Wylie be in the Battle for the Belt Duals at Frisco Wakeland on Dec. 8. Among those Cook will be depending for leadership are Anthony Pena (160 pounds), Garrett Vance (182), Donnie Mashburn (126) and FrankPhillips (220).
“These are the leading guys on the team so far,” Cook said. “They lead in the mat room. They are
physical and aggressive, and they have goals to be state champs this year.”
By making state, any one of them would duplicate Brad Beattie’s effort of a year ago, when he
became the first Pirate in several years to do that. “For where we were last (at this time) we are
much, much better and much more improved,” Cook said. “The big areas we need to improve on
are (working from the) bottom and being more physical on the mat, and a more aggressive style
…All in all, we have a well-rounded team.”
Come support the Wylie Wrestling Team at its Annual Black vs. Maroon Dual on Thursday, Nov. 8th in the Wylie High School Auxiliary Gym. The exciting action is finally here. Come watch as these young men battle for their Varsity Spots.
The Mat Monsters Wrestling Club will be hosting "Meet the Coaches" Registration Night on Monday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 24th @6:30 p.m. "Meet the Coaches" will be from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. in the Wylie High School Auxiliary Gym for all wrestlers interested in registering and wrestling this season. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you on the Mat this Season!!!
The Annual U.I.L Wrestling Weight Certification will be conducted this Sunday, October 21st @ 4:00 p.m. at Mckinnney North High School. All Wrestlers will meet at WHS for the bus ride @ 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Coach Cook in advance.
Augustus Kortemeier has signed to wrestle for the Beavers of Pratt Community College, a member school of the National Junior College Athletic Association located in Pratt, Kansas. Kortemeier is a three-time district champion for the Pirates wrestling team. The Wylie Pirate Wrestling team wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Photos can be found in our Photo Gallery.
(Top) Augustus Kortemeier defeating 4-time UIL State Champion Nick Hermann of Tascosa High School
A Wylie wrestler has made history, yet again, this year. This past weekend, Wylie High School Wrestler Augustus Kortemeier, added another feat to his list of accomplishments by becoming the first wrestler in school history to win State titles in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling at the prestigious Texas USA Wrestling State Championships hosted at Lewisville High School on May 19th and 20th. Kortemeier won State titles in both Olympic styles at the 132 lbs. weight class by winning nine grueling, hard-fought matches.
En route to the 132 lbs. Greco-Roman state championship, Kortemeier defeated the 1st four-time U.I.L State Champion Nick Hermann from Tascosa high school by winning a best of 3 period match. The two battled for six long minutes, but Kortemeier secured the victory by winning 2 of 3 periods by a final score of 5-10, 4-3, and 4-3.
With these wins and the State Championship, Kortemeier has qualified for the USA Freestyle / Greco-Roman Junior National Championships held in Fargo, North Dakota on July 11th-22nd. This tournament is the most heavily-recruited and respected tournament in the country, hosting wrestlers from all 50 states.
As of recent, Kortemeier has also committed to Pratt Community College for the fall of 2012 to further his education and wrestling career.
Then there was one.
He is Brad Beattie, Wylie’s representative in the 220-pound weight class, and he will be heading to the Feb. 24-25 state wrestling tournament in Austin.
Beattie earned that privilege by capturing fourth at last weekend’s Region 3 Tournament in Katy. He is the first Wylie wrestler in a number of years to make state, said Wylie head coach Brian Cook.
John Evans, who wrestled at 103 pounds, qualified for state in 2003.
“(Beattie) has a chance to be in the state finals,” Cook said. “Our region is the toughest in the state. In the top four (at 220), any one of the guys (going to state) can win it at that weight class.”
After knocking off several opponents last weeked, Beattie was stopped in an exciting semifinal match by Cody Newnom of Katy Cinco Ranch, who upended the Pirate grappler 6-3. Newnom finished second, with Stone Drulman of Allen taking first. McKinney North’s Darrel Travis was third.
Beattie racked up several impressive wins last weeked, including 3-2 victory in triple overtime against a Cy Falls competitor, Cook noted, during which the Pirate grappler used an escape to score the match-winning point.
“It was awesome,” the coach said. “That win there basically qualified him (for state).”
Season ends for Kortemeier, Sumners
Wylie’s other two wrestlers at regionals, Gus Kortemeier (132) and Caleb Sumners (182) each finished 1-2 in their respective weight classes.
Both divisions were tough and ended up being dominated (top four finishers) by wrestlers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Cook noted.
“They compete well, they competed hard,” the coach said. “They just lost a couple of close matches.”
Plano’s Daniel McCaffrey won the 182-pound division, defeating Ryan Snow of Brazoswood, who took second. Plano East’s Manny Houllemont was third, and Henry Offords of Lake Highlands was fourth.
Katy’s Petey Martinez won the 132-pound class, with Rockwall Heath’s Nakona Brawner taking second. In third and fourth were A.J. Hinkle of Allen and Niles Peebles of Cinco Ranch.