The holidays provide joy, love, excitement, reunions, and worship.
For wrestlers in Texas, they also provide a chance to test their skills against the best competition of the year.
The Dollamur Cotton Bowl Classic occurs annually in Fort Worth on the Friday and Saturday after Christmas.
This wrestling tournament is the largest Texas Tournament of the year.
Teams from eleven other states are coming to compete, including Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. This is the place for wrestlers to be for the Holidays.
The tournament is on December 28 and 29 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The Ellis County Mat Dawgs enter the tournament with high expectations.
Patrick Lawrence, a seventh grade student from Waxahachie will compete for the eighth time.
Some of Patrick’s prior accomplishments include placing at the State Tournament all seven of the prior years, winning a state championship, and coming in second in state last year. Patrick’s greatest accomplishment came at the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic where he was named the Outstanding Wrestler. Only one wrestler wins this award for the whole tournament, regardless of age, weight, and experience.
Out of about 700 wrestlers, Patrick was named the Outstanding Wrestler. This was an awesome achievement for the twelve year old. Patrick pinned every wrestler he faced in the tournament.
Coach Jack Lawrence (Patrick’s proud father) put this award in perspective by stating that through all his wrestling awards and titles, he was never named Outstanding Wrestler as a youth.
Jack Lawrence was a Texas High School State Champion in 1977, 1978, and 1979; a High School All American in 1979; went on to success wrestling for Oklahoma State University, and ultimately was inducted into the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001.
Dominating wrestlers are still compared to Jack Lawrence to this day. With all these accomplishments to Coach Lawrence’s credit, Patrick has one he can brag about, being the toughest, most outstanding wrestler at the Cotton Bowl Classic in 2006.
Patrick leads a tough team of Ellis County Wrestlers to Fort Worth with high expectations.
Last Saturday, the Mat Dawgs took five wrestlers to Springtown to compete in a wrestling tournament. Those five wrestlers brought home seven medals.
Justen Allen placed second in his normal division and wrestled up an age division and placed second in the older group as well.
Michael Munoz brought home the silver medal. Dalton “Maverick” Potter brought home the gold again for the third time this year. Dalton’s brother, Dylanger Potter brought home gold in the novice division, and a third in the open division.
Hunter Riley from Maypearl brought home the bronze medal.
These wrestlers and the whole Mat Dawg team will travel to Fort Worth to compete in the Dollamur Cotton Bowl Classic.