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El Dorado building on momentum with home meet on tap

by Jason Avery | January 12, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.

Things seem to be rapidly falling into place for El Dorado’s wrestling teams.

EHS had their third meet in a week Tuesday at Greenbrier, producing four wins after collecting three in Thursday’s meet at Lake Hamilton.

“We have definitely improved,” said El Dorado coach Jimmy Johnson. “We were able to get victories, everyone is improving. We had some forfeit wins also because the opponents didn't have someone to wrestle us.”

The Wildcats got wins from Brian Soto in the 170-pound weight class, Evan Criss at 182 and Ahmayus Young at 285.

Lexus Powell, the defending 5A West champion at 185, scored a win on the girls side.

“Greenbrier and Greenwood are both very good,” Johnson said. “We had points coming from people we knew would score and from who have improved that much. It was nice to get a dual win.”

El Dorado will be idle until Friday when they host a meet with Ashdown, Bauxite and Glen Rose visiting.

The action gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

“Ashdown, Bauxite and Glen Rose all seem excited to be coming to El Dorado,” Johnson said of the home meet. “Ashdown is wrestling in Oklahoma before coming, Bauxite wants some mat time, Glen Rose is a small team, but are always well-coached and those wrestlers can go.”

El Dorado has already racked up plenty of mileage with trips to Searcy, Lake Hamilton and Greenbrier, and Johnson said he is looking forward to competing at home.

“It is a great feeling to not have to travel and be able to compete here in front of our people,” Johnson said. “This is a good thing. The wrestlers are excited and want to show out for family and friends.”

For El Dorado to be successful on Friday, Johnson said there were several keys.

“Keep improving, keep learning, don't make the same mistakes, have a plan and be aggressive,” Johnson said. 

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