Copperas Cove’s Lane Robinson, left, and Harker Heights’ Derrick Williams square off in the 145-pound weight class on Thursday.

Harker Heights head wrestling coach Robert Hagey was pleased with the performance of his team at Thursday’s tri-meet held at Shoemaker High School. 

“I think, overall, we wrestled very well,” he said. “In the boys match, we wrestled eight matches against Copperas Cove and won five.”

Standing out on Thursday for the Knights were seniors Tyler Combs, Brandon Squires and sophomore Chris Hughes.

“Combs (152) was a state-alternate last year and he always seems to impress me,” Hagey said. “He’s having a very good season and did well on Thursday.”

Combs won 1 of 2 matches and Squires (160) was 2-0.

“Squires is wrestling really well right now,” Hagey said. “In the Centex Tournament (Jan. 11), he took fifth place overall and there were over 53 schools. Brandon is a dedicated kid who is fundamentally sound. He’s been a real pleasant surprise because he just started wrestling last year.”

Hughes, said Hagey, has also been a pleasant surprise.

“Chris Hughes weighed in at 238 on Thursday and he wrestled up at 285 and did a really good job,” Hagey said. “Chris a great athlete. He’s a football player first but knows that wrestling will help his football. Still, we expect great things from him in wrestling.”

The district meet is this Saturday in Bryan.

“I do believe we’ll do real well in the districts,” Hagey said. “I think we’re ready.”

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