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Wrestling to scholarships

Maumelle had three athletes sign to wrestle in college next season.
Maumelle had three athletes sign to wrestle in college next season.

Last week, saw Maumelle High School enter the wrestling history books.

Three Hornet wrestlers — Keion McVay, Willie Wright and Daniel Viera — all signed letters of intent to wrestle collegiately on Thursday. They become the first wrestlers from a Pulaski County Special School District school to accept wrestling scholarships.

McVay and Wright both signed with Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. McVay wrestles at 170 pounds and has lost just one match in his career. Wright wrestles at 152.

Viera, a 182 pounder, signed his appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, N.Y. The USMMA has a strong wrestling program, competing at the DIII level.

On the other hand, Williams Baptist just recently added wrestling as a school sport, with Kerry Regner hired as the coach in early January.

“For a really long time I wanted to be a coach. It has been a long journey and a dream come true. I cannot wait to start and build this program. I was drawn to Williams because they have shown a strong commitment to wrestling,” said Regner.

Baptist will have a strong start by adding McVay and Wright to the roster, while the Merchant Marines continued their strong tradition with Viera.

The Hornets finished the season with a 29-4 overall record. Maumelle was 13-1 against larger 6A-7A schools, 15-0 against 1A-5A schools, and 1-3 against out-of-state powerhouses.

“Our wrestlers have battled through a very tough season, and I believe that we are a stronger team this season, because of the higher level of competition that we have faced,” said Maumelle coach Ed Viera. “But, that means nothing now. It is time to finish strong.”

Maumelle will be competing in the 1A-5A state championships this weekend at UALR.

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