PREP WRESTLING: Rogers Heritage team preview

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Chance McCrary (center) of Rogers Heritage pins Cameron Pitchford of Cabot Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, during the 126-pound championship match of the Fayetteville Bulldog Invitational at Fayetteville High School. Visit to see more photographs from the meet.


The War Eagles return three state finalist led by senior Chance McCrary, the defending champion at 152, but coach Doug Freeman is anxious to see the progress several others have made.<br><br>

Rogers Heritage finished fourth in the Class 6A-7A state tournament keyed mainly by the work of four finalists. Tim Wooten, who was second at 220, graduated, but McCrary, Charlie March and DeAndrea Mendez all return..<br><br>

McCrary was a constant a year ago, He finished 44-6 and should be better this season, Freeman said.<br><br>

“Chance is competing a high level,” Freeman said. “He went to Fargo and to Fall Brawl up in Kansas City.”<br><br>

March and Mendez, state runners-up at 182 and heavyweight respectively, were up and down at times for different reasons. March showed great improvement over the course of his freshman season. Mendez was just inconsistent.<br><br>

“Charlie kinda came out of nowhere,” Freeman said. “He beat multiple guys in the last few weeks that he’d lost to earlier. He had wrestled a lot in youth, then taken three years off. Then he came out as a freshman and fell in love with the sport all over again.<br><br>

“DeAndrea has all the ability in the world, but you’re not sure what you’re going to get out of him. He beat the state champion once and wrestled a close match in the finals. It’s a case where he beats some really quality guys, then loses to some that he just shouldn’t lose to.”<br><br>

J.C. White, who medaled at 106 as a sophomore, should also contribute, but is academically ineligible first semester. Freeman also said Justin Brown, NIc Carbajal, Elijah Rawson and Derrick Mendez should also be improved. <br><br>

Freshman Ethan Farris has also made a good impression coming from football as a newcomer to the sport. Sophomore Isiah Tibbs wrestled junior varsity a year ago, but he will also be counted on to provide varsity points this season.<br><br>

Heritage will open the season Nov. 28 against MacDonald County, Mo. and Seneca, Mo. in duals at Rogers High.<br><br>


Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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