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Turner starts new year off right
The junior was slowed in December by injury but went 5-0 Saturday to win the 145-pound weight class at the Butler (Mo.) Invitational.
Rogers coach Ken Simmons said Turner, who finished 56-1 as a sophomore, is not quite in wrestling shape yet, but still competed well.
“He got a little winded, but looked pretty good,” Simmons said. “He wrestled a good kid in the finals, a state medalist, and beat a good kid in the semis, too.”
Junior Mykha Hunter also won the at 132, while senior Carsen Smith took second and sophomore Nathan Hahn (170) third.
Simmons said Hunter is bringing some of the potential he’s shown in practice to competition.
“We’ve seen some potential, but it doesn’t always come out,” Simmons said. “But he performed really well. The guy that beat him was a two-time state medalist. He’s put in a lot of hard work in the summer and preseason. You’re starting to see a little gleam in the diamond.
“Hahn has wrestled well to this point, too. He’s like 24 and two and lost to a pretty good kid in the semis.”
Walton finishes strong
Springdale High’s Logan Walton didn’t get off to the best start in his clash of defending state champions in Saturday’s 132-pound final at the Crain Automotive tournament in Fayetteville, but he sure finished well.
Walton, the defending Class 6A-7A state champion at 120, trailed Searcy’s Brad Brown, the defending champion at 126, 10-2 in the third period but put together a quick move to get a pin and the win.
Teammate Isaac Ponce, the defending state runner-up at 106, wasn’t so fortunate in his matchup against Greenbrier’s Christ Whisenant, the defending 1A-5A champion at 113. Ponce was up late, but got taken to overtime and lost 14-10.
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