The West McDowell Middle School Spartans wrestling team recently wrapped up a sensational 2017-18 season.
The Spartans finished 11-1, tying with Liberty Middle School for the Foothills Conference championship. Four West grapplers finished the season with undefeated records.
West McDowell’s only loss of the season came in the season finale when Liberty pulled off a 51-42 win to avenge an earlier 60-37 defeat at the hands of the Spartans. West swept everyone else in the league.
Against FHC competition, West McDowell beat Table Rock 84-18 and 72-27; Heritage 66-33 and 81-18; East McDowell 60-36 and 63-24; East Burke 75-24 and 84-18; and Walter Johnson 72-29 and 78-24.
Mason Collins, Jesse Barrier and Collin Campbell each went 12-0 for the Spartans. Dante Davidson was also unbeaten at 10-0, but missed two matches with an injury.
The Spartans are coached by Scott Page and assistant coaches Greg Bryan and Tim McFalls.
In addition to the Spartans’ success, several of the same wrestlers competed with Titan Takedown Wrestling in the 36th Annual Jr. High and Elementary State Championships in Winston-Salem the first week in February.
The club includes athletes in grades 6-8 from both West and East McDowell Middle Schools as well as ninth-graders from McDowell High. The team finished in second place with 170.5 points. Hominy Valley won the title with 216 points. Peak Wrestling Club was third with 134.5 points.
Titan Takedown had two state champions. In the Elementary Division, Bryson Page won the fourth-grade 86-pound state championship. McDowell High’s Toby Finn captured the ninth-grade title at 115 pounds.
Second-place finishers for the Titans were Ricky Carr (7th grade, 115 pounds) and Bryson Cable (7th grade, 172 pounds).
Third-place winners were Finn Taylor (6th grade, 110 pounds), Caitlyn Combs (7th grade, 222 pounds) and Preston Dennison (9th grade, 140 pounds).
Fourth-place finishers were Seth King (6th grade, 90 pounds), Wesley McFalls (6th grade, 136 pounds), Davidson (7th grade, 122 pounds), Nathan Prewitt (7th grade, 222 pounds) and Trevor Kettles (9th grade, 184 pounds). Collins (8th grade, 85 pounds) was fifth.