‘Swarm’ a success at Maumelle

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Maumelle's Keion McVay Chad Matchett photo
Maumelle's Dan Viera Paul Fimpel Jr. photo
Maumelle's Malik Singleton Paul Fimpel Jr. photo
Maumelle's Noah Hightower Chad Matchett photo
North Pulaski's Dakota Wilson Chad Matchett photo
CAC's Brandon Zini Chad Matchett Photo

Wrestling fans in Maumelle had a chance to see plenty of action this past weekend, as Maumelle High School hosted the Hornet Swarm Wrestling Tournament.

Drawing 28 teams from across the state, the tournament is the largest in Arkansas. Some of the largest wrestling powers in Bentonville, Springdale, Springdale Har-Ber and Rogers Heritage made the long trip to take on Central Arkansas powers from Little Rock Catholic, Cabot, Bryant and Little Rock Central.

The Catholic Rockets took the trophy for top team. Maumelle had a solid tournament with six medalists. Keion McVay showed off by winning the170 pound championship and being named the Outstanding Wrestler for the 170-285 pound weight classes.

Not having the largest team around, North Pulaski finished 22nd out of those teams.

The Falcons’ Dakota Wilson had a solid tournament in his 285 pound division. Wilson won his first two matches by decisive pins before losing in the semifinals to the eventual champion.

Central Arkansas Christian had a solid showing in the tournament, finishing 7th overall. North Little Rock scored enough for a 19th place finish in the stacked field.

For the Wildcats, Keshawn Foster and Alex Chancey had the best tournaments. In the 113 weight class, Foster won his first match, lost his second, then won a pair in the loser’s bracket before being put out of the tournament. Chancey won a pair of matches as well in his 120 pound weight class.

The Mustangs had a pair of first place winners with Jason Kidder coming out on top of the 285 division by virtue of a 2-1 points win in double overtime of the finals. Brandon Zini was dominant while winning the 195 pound division. Zini defeated his opponent 13-1 in the semifinals, then worked an 11-0 shutout in the finals to take the first place trophy.

Jon Andrews finished just outside of the medalists, losing in the semifinals of the consolation bracket.

Little Rock Central’s Tyler Mann was named Outstanding Wrestler for the 138-160 pound weight classes, while Bentonville’s Aaron Grigsby won for the 106-132 classes.

Maumelle’s other medalists included Malik Singleton as the runner-up for 220. Noah Hightower was third for the 145s, Wandell Wright was fourth in the 138 divsion. Willie Wright was fourth for the 152s, while Dan Veira finished fourth in the 182 class.

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