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El Dorado competes at first conference wrestling meet

by Jason Avery | January 8, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

What a difference 48 hours can make.

After opening their season on Tuesday at Searcy, El Dorado had their first conference meet on Thursday at Lake Hamilton with a trio of wrestlers picking up wins.

Dunte Maker, who led the Wildcats in wins a year ago, posted two wins in the 195-pound weight class.

On the girls side, Emily Gonzalez picked up a win in the 195-pound class with Amy Jacobs winning in the 113-pound division.

“I feel that the wrestlers were more confident and seemed more relaxed and ready to go,” said El Dorado coach Jimmy Johnson. “When it was their turn to compete, they represented well. Dunte was dominant and both Amy and Emily were in control and finished their matches on moves they set up and used correctly.”

Johnson said there was a stark contrast between the two meets.

“The differences were night and day,” Johnson said. “Everyone was more confident and were more willing to attack, not wait. They stepped onto the mat with a plan, and it showed in the way they competed. I’m very happy with the progress and believe we will keep getting better.

With two meets now in the books for this week, El Dorado has another quick turnaround with a meet at Greenbrier on Tuesday that will also have Greenwood competing.

And while Johnson is concerned about having three meets in the span of a week, he said his wrestlers will be ready.

“Of course I worry about the turnaround, but these athletes are ready to compete,” Johnson said. 

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