The Dragon wrestling team headed to Braham on Friday, Feb. 7, for the Great River Conference tournament. The Dragons brought nine wrestlers to participate in the tournament this year, overall placing fifth.

“We had some great highlights at the tournament and saw some guys take leaps forward in their technique,” said coach Milo Allen.

Senior captain JJ Preston placed first in this year’s tournament and achieved one of his goals this season. Preston had to battle back from an injury in January and has shown he is at full strength. Preston will be participating in the 7AA individual tournament.

Levi Johnson at 132 lbs, Gavin Rockstroh at 138 lbs, Tim Johnson at 170 lbs and Matthew Johnson at HWT all placed third at the conference tournament. Jacob Lindahl at 152 lbs and Dalton Helmbrecht at 195 lbs finished in fourth place. John Mead at 126 lbs, Damion Torgerson at 145 lbs both finished fifth for the Dragons.

“A couple of guys who really came into their own in this tournament are Levi Johnson at 132 pounds and Matthew Johnson at heavyweight. Levi is a freshman who came in this year with no varsity experience but is very coachable. Through this quality Levi has improved greatly with his technique and ability to wrestle a full match,” said coach Allen. “Matthew Johnson stepped in as the heavyweight this last week and has wrestled very well. He is wrestling full matches and is also very coachable like Levi.”

The Dragons all wrestled very hard and represented the community very well during the Great River Conference tournament.

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