Special to the Daily Light

The Ellis County Mat Dawgs wrestling team has been going strong over the last couple of months.

Practices began in mid-October and the Mat Dawgs have competed in tournaments almost every weekend since NOvember.

Recently the Mat Dawgs traveled to the Frisco Convention Center where the Cotton Bowl Classic Wrestling Tournament was held.

The Cotton Bowl Classic is considered by many to be the toughest wrestling event in Texas.

Over 1300 wrestlers from all over the United States participated.

The Mat Dawgs entered nine wrestlers, competing in both Open and Novice Divisions.

The Mat Dawgs placed eight out of nine wrestlers in the top six places of their divisions.

Leading the way for the Mat Dawgs in the open division were Brady Van Bevers and Patrick Lawrence.

Van Beers was crowned champion of the Division - 100 pound weight division.

Lawrence was also a champion in the Division 3 -95 pound weight class.

Neither Van Bevers or Lawrence was scored on by an opponent at the tournament.

Dalton Samek placed second in the Open Division 2 - 92 pound weight class.

Zachary Humphrey’s wrestled his way to a fourth place finish in the Division 2 - 75 pound class. Jacob Augustyn wrestled well, but did not place.

Lawrence was presented the Outstanding Wrestler award based on having the most pins for the tournament.

In the Novice Division, Zachary Scheuler won first place in Division 1 - 38 pound weight class. Dalton Potter placed fifth in the Tots 40 pound weight class.

Jackson Van Bevers wrestled his way to a second place finish in the Tots 60 pound weight class.

Justin Allen placed fourth in the Division 2 - 75 pound class.

The Mat Dawgs will travel to Oklahoma next week and then the following week to Austin for the Heart of Texas/Novice State Tournament.

Following several more weeks of tournaments the Mat Dawgs will conclude their season at the Texas State Tournament which will be held Feb. 17 in Houston.