Mustang wrestlers off to solid start

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John Osborne – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Mustang wrestling team placed second out of 17 teams at the Lemon Bay Duals on Sunday, Dec. 6.

The dual consisted of five rounds in total with the Ranch winning all except the third round.

Fifteen Mustang wrestlers competed in the Lemon Bay Duals.

Wrestling coach Pat Ancil said the results bode well for the team’s future.

“This group which consists of five freshmen, four sophomores, five juniors and one senior, all wrestled with tremendous grit and determination.  The future of the Mustang wrestling team is blessed with young talent.

Special thanks to all the parents who sat in the bleachers for 8 hours.  In addition. Thanks to Nate Lancaster, Scott Klein, and Matt Monahan for their help,” he continued.

Ancil said special recognition goes to 126-pound freshman first-year wrestler Tucker Rodriguez. Rodriguez pinned his opponent from Cape Coral, guaranteeing the team’s finish.

The wrestling season will have a total of eight varsity tournaments and four additional JV tournaments. There will also be six dual meets and six more JV dual meets.

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There are 40 total mustangs taking part in wrestling this year with ten being seniors.

“This year has been different due to COVID-19; safety pre-cautions such as daily temperature checks, mandatory masks, social distancing, and practicing in three to four pods,” said Ancil.

Mustang wrestlers took home another trophy over last weekend during the Kings Classic at Southwest Florida Christian Academy in Ft. Myers.

Mustangs walked away with a third-place trophy with a total of 12 teams competing.

“There are big things in store for us this season and were training really hard for this,” said Senior wrestler Josiah Lozada.

Junior Ranson Coons finished first place in his weight class.

In total nine Mustang wrestlers had medal placings at the Kings Classic tournament.