Compound wrestlers competed at a couple of national tournaments the past two weekends to kick off the 2013–14 season. First, middle school and high school wrestlers traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina on October 26–27 to wrestle in the Super 32 Challenge—the toughest folkstyle tournament in the nation. Three Compound grapplers finished the weekend with All America honors: Taylor Lujan, 2nd, Jay Ruffin, 3rd, and Logan Ashton, 5th.
Lujan fought through a loaded bracket sprinkled with numerous nationally ranked wrestlers, including #6 (Asics Florankings) Andrew Garcia, who Lujan defeated 5-2 in the semifinals. En route to the finals, Lujan won five matches, recorded two falls, and surrendered only one takedown.
In the middle school division, Jay Ruffin and Logan Ashton also turned in impressive performances against top-notch competition, placing third and fifth, respectively.
Several Compound wrestlers also placed at the Cliff Keen USAW Preseason Nationals, held at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on November 2-3. Logan Ashton followed up his All American performance at the Super 32 by winning a national championship in Iowa. Charlie Darracott also made the finals, placing second, and Matthew Singleton finished fourth.
Overall, the Compound grapplers wrestled hard, some for the first-time on a national stage. We are proud of the way the guys competed and the class with which they conducted themselves. It was a great start to season and we are excited to keep working and improving throughout the season ahead.