Over 20 Golden Eagles made their way to Gilette, WY on February 2nd, 2018 to compete in the Wild West National Championships hosted by Rocky Mountain Nationals.
The team led in team points up until the end when the top-ranked team, Bear Cave Wrestling Club, passed them with 167 points. The Golden Eagles finished the tournament with 157 team points. However, the Golden Eagles put together an "All-Star" team that is comprised of experienced and novice wrestlers. They outscored Chatfield Wrestling Club by over 80 points! There were over 425 teams competing at this national tournament the Golden Eagles had 16 placers with 7 claiming a national title.
Henry McDoniel, 6U led the team in winning two, national titles on the day. He won the 61 and HWT bracket going 6-0 in his two brackets. He compiled five falls in under 6 minutes and won his 61 lb title match 10-8 against Stetson Gable (45-12) of Grit Wrestling and a fall in under 10 seconds against Mykal Robles (35-25) of Nebraska Wrestling Academy in the HWT division. McDoniel was awarded "Outstanding Wrestler" for all 6U, 165 wrestlers.
National title winners include
Henry McDoniel, 6U, 61 lbs
Henry McDoniel, 6U,HWT
Cooper Torpy, 7-9 TB, 57 lbs
Emmette Alexander, 7-9 TB, 49 lbs
Griffin Langer, 10-12 TB, 73 lbs
Anthony Hamilton, 10-12 TB, 81 lbs
Cameron Flores, 15U, 190 lbs
The following Wrestlers placed at Wild West
Lance Alexander, 7-9 TB, 49 lbs 3rd Place
Levi Beatty, 7-9 TB, 57 lbs, 3rd Place
Nathan Fuentes, 10-12 TB, 81 lbs 3rd Pace
Gage Friedrichs, 15U, 144 lbs 3rd Place
Noah Gottberg, 15U, HWT 3rd Place
Max Wolpert, 13-15 TB, 105 lbs 3rd Place
Gage Friedrichs, 15U, 156 lbs 4th Place
Tyler Doyle, 15U, 190 lbs 4th Place
Noah Gottberg, 10U, 89 lbs 6th Place
Bryce Spann, 15U, 123 lbs 6th Place