Host Shoemaker won all four of its wrestling contests in a tri-meet held on Thursday. 

The Shoemaker boys team defeated Copperas Cove 36-24 and Harker Heights 42-18. The Shoemaker girls team beat Cove 12-0 and Heights 18-6.

“All of our kids wrestled well,” said Shoemaker head coach Ken Soloff. “When you only lose a few matches in a tri-meet, you know you’ve had a good day.”

Standing out for the Grey Wolves were sophomore Camilous Medina and seniors Josh Haynes and David Clark.

“Those three set the pace for our team on the boys’ side,” said Soloff.

Medina, wrestling in the 170-weight class, won one of his two matches, Haynes (138) won 2 of 2, and Clark (120) was also 2-0.

“Josh Haynes was wrestling up one weight class and, in particular, he looked really good,” Soloff said.

Soloff said Chelsie Thomas, just a freshman, stood out for the Lady Grey Wolves.

“She won the one match she was in and looked very impressive,” Soloff said.

The key to his program’s four Thursday-night wins, said Soloff, “was that my wrestlers wrestled a full six minutes. Some of my wrestlers were down early in their matches but they kept with it. They waited for their opponent to make a mistake and then took advantage of that.”

The 42-18 win over the Knights, Soloff said, “was a bit misleading. The match was much closer than 42-18.

“We just got some lucky breaks against Harker Heights. A bunch of those matches went the full six minutes.”

As for the upcoming district meet, Soloff said, “I’d like to think our wrestlers are peaking at the right time.

“I think our boys have a shot at winning the district — we’ll definitely challenge for it.”

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