Rallying off six consecutive wins after dropping their first two contests, the Eagles were led by senior 190-pound wrestler Jimmy Dunagan, who finished the tournament 8-0 and junior 152-pound wrestler Ladd Cox, who finished 6-2.
Finishing the tournament with 5-3 records were senior Hayden Moore (160 pounds) and juniors Jason Krumm (120 pounds) and Danny Pate (145 pounds). Juniors Curtis Brown (126 pounds) and Cade Cowley (170 pounds) finished 4-4.
Also winning a pair of matches against 4A opponents, the Eagles defeated Shadow Ridge 43-36 and Basic 59-18 on Jan. 9.
“We’re always looking to wrestle against the best teams and prepare these guys,” head coach Jim Cox said. “We’re not gonna get any better if we’re comfortable. We’re always trying to push our guys.”
Picking up victories against both 4A programs were senior Ryan Vanario, Dunagan, Moore and Ladd Cox.
Against Shadow Ridge Krumm and Brown picked up victories, while Cowley got a win against Basic.
Setting their focus toward another large tournament, the Eagles will compete in the Chaparral Invitational this weekend, followed by a road meet at Virgin Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and senior night against Chaparral on Wednesday, Jan. 23.