Some good news from Shady Cove School should remind people that kids are excelling even in these tough times of school district budget cuts. Wrestling coach, Tyler McCarty, said his team placed well in the Southern Oregon Middle School Athletic Conference. Eight out of nine wrestlers placed at the meet.
Seventh grader Michael Hammond placed first in the 98 pound class. “He is a really good wrestler and really, really tough,” said McCarty. Earning second place honors were 83 lb. Michael Johnson, 127 lb Brian O’Neal and 73 lb. Victor Ruiz-Erickson. Johnson is an eighth grader while O’Neal and Ruiz Erickson are seventh graders.
Placing third was 120 lb Jared Dabel, an eighth grader. E.J. Haskell and Michael Macedo both garnered fourth place in the 98 lb class. Macedo is an eighth grader while Haskell is in the seventh grade. Last but not least was seventh grader Tanner Bacon taking sixth place in the 127 lb class.
This is McCarty’s fifth season as coach. “Things are going good. Every year we get a few more kids and the program is starting to grow,” said a pleased McCarty. Growing up, McCarty wrestled at Phoenix High School and when he moved to Eagle Point four years ago, Eagle Point High School assistant wrestling coach, B.J. McFall, encouraged him to take up coaching. This year, McCarty said he has two other coaches helping. They are Mike Johnson and Willie McFall.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent