County wrestlers shine at Maher/Garstin Invitational
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Fourteen county wrestlers captured first, second or third place finishes last weekend at the Maher/Garstin Invitational at Independence High School.
The annual tournament turned into a fundraiser for Eagle wrestler Hunter Garstin and his family. Garstin suffered a spinal cord injury in a match in Huntsville, Ala. in early December and is currently at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
The highlight of the day came during the break between preliminaries and finals when Garstin’s father, Christian, spoke to crowd, thanking them for the support of the community. He also shared that Hunter had more improvement Saturday morning and stressed that one injury should not deter other parents.
“Don’t let this deter you from allowing your kids to participate,” said the elder Garstin, a former wrestler from a family of wrestlers. “The benefits far outweigh the risks. This is a family and this family is what has pulled me through.
“This sport is what will get him out of the chair and back on his feet.”
Teammate Dillan Friesner captured the first title of the day, winning at 106-pounds on a 3-2 decision over Centennial’s Adam Fuller. The Cougars got a win at 120-pounds on a 7-6 decision by Campbell Brown over Brentwood Academy’s Justin Becci and Grant Parsons of Ravenwood won the 126-pound division, while Josh Fischer (132/Indy), Robbie Allen (145/Indy), Alec Finney (152/Rwood), Robin Klingensmith (160/Rwood), Isaiah Demellow (182/Indy) and Jacob Cretin (195/BA) all captured runner-up medals.
Other top four finishers included Dylan McKinney (113/Indy/4th), Drew Welch (138/Cent./3rd), Chaz Savage (138/Indy/4th), Max Mullen (170/BA/3rd), and Tucker York (285/BA/3rd).
The event also featured seven girls’ divisions with over 50 female wrestler’s participating. Tailor Stolle of Ravenwood won the title in the D Division while Indy placed three wrestlers in the top four in three other divisions-Kinley Hasamear (E/3rd), Macy DeBlois (A/4th) and Kaitlin Kiser (B/4th).
Posted on: 1/3/2014