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Front Royal Raptors win Mason-Dixon Wrestling Title




The Raptors youth wrestling program, created and coached by Skyline High School wrestling coach Matt Keel, won the Mason-Dixon League overall championship last Saturday for the second consecutive year.

The Mason-Dixon League consists of 17 teams stretching from Hagerstown, Md, through the panhandle of West Virginia to Loudoun County.

More than 580 wrestlers participated in the annual end-of-season tournament for the league, which consists of four divisions — Midget, Bantam, Intermediate and Junior.
The Raptors not only won the overall title but also the Ban- tam, Junior and, for the first time, the Intermediate title.

The Raptors piled up 272 overall team sports to easily finish ahead of Willie Walters of the Winchester area by 72 points.

“We are putting more Raptors into the finals each year,” Keel said. “Many of the champs defeated opponents that they’ve never been able to beat up until the championship.
“I think that says a lot about the hard work that these young wrestlers are putting into the sport.”

The Raptors claimed 12 over- all individual championships and six runner-up finishes.

Winning titles for the Raptors were Paden Alyea (Bantam-40), Bryce Taylor (Bantam-48), Isaiah Grady (Bantam-60), Tytus Drake (Bantam-100), Cody Salomon (Midget-70), Ezekiel Keel (Junior-58), Caleb Ludke (Junior-62), Brogan Teter (Junior-105), Kinglsey Menifee (Junior-130), Jonah Ludke (Intermediate-70), Hunter Salomon (Intermediate-77), and Tyler Davis (Intermediate-91).

Claiming second-place finishes for the Raptors were: Jaeden Jenkins (Bantam-52), Daniel Athey (Midget-120), Tyler Koerner (Junior-74), Brody Keel (Intermediate-70), Nicholas Baron (Intermediate-84), and Wesley Merchant (Inter- mediate-182).

The Warren County Mat Cats also participated in the event and finished 12th overall with 68 points. The Mat Cats produced two individual champions and two seconds.
Winning titles for the Mat Cats was Elijah Frame (Junior-82) and Alex Lahners (Junior-91) and Brennan Komelasky (Intermediate-145) and Gavin Hetrick (Midget-55) took seconds.




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