Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine wrestlers grab 1st-place finishes at Rockwall

As the Grapevine wrestling team gears up for another season on the mat, coach Matt Criner said that he sees some real potential from a number of his wrestlers and that could bode well for the Mustangs come February.

Grapevine has competed in two dual meets and a tournament so far this season, and Criner said that things are shaping up well to this point.

“So far so good,” Criner said. “We’re still getting some of our guys back from football, because we share a lot of athletes. We’re getting them squared away so they can find their spot in the lineup. The guys have been working out hard and doing well.”

Grapevine competed in the Rockwall Tournament this past weekend, and Criner said that he was pretty pleased with how his team performed.

“We had two first-place champs,” Criner said. “One of them was Sammy Hodges, who should win the state title this year. He was a state placer last year. And then Alex Cantu beat an undefeated wrestler from Flower Mound Marcus to win. It was his first meet of the year.”

Criner said the objectives for this season are varied depending on each wrestler’s level of experience.

“We have a lot of kids brand new to wrestling, which is a great thing to have,” Criner said. “The big thing for us is making sure they have a good experience in being a part of the wrestling team, as well as learning how to wrestle. Then we have a number of guys that have experience and our goals for them are to win a state championship.”

Criner said he believes that Hodges, Cantu, and Brian Andrews all have a legitimate shot at winning a state championship this season.

Grapevine will be wrestling Lewisville in a dual on Thursday, and Criner said he expects a battle.

“We just want to beat them,” Criner said. “We still have to get some wrestlers certified, but for the most part we are full, and we want to win.”