The wrestling season is still young, but Winder-Barrow High School coach Jason Austin is seeing some positive things from his grapplers on the mat.

The Mat Bulldoggs competed at the annual Jackson County High School Panther Invitational Friday and Saturday and gained valuable experience in the process.

Tristan Yaptengco was second with a record of 3-1.

“Tristan will continue to improve as the year goes on and will be a tough opponent for anyone he faces,” said Austin. Teammate Austin Stewart finished the tournament 3-2. He lost to the No. 2 seeded wrestler from Jefferson in the quarterfinals 4-3.

“He was making his way through the wrestlebacks when he got hit in the eye by his opponent’s elbow and it busted his eyelid open,” said Austin. “We could not get the bleeding to stop so he had on injury default. I really think he had a shot at placing in this tournament.”

The Winder-Barrow High School JV wrestling team hosted a tournament during the weekend and several wrestlers performed well.

“Overall, it was a fairly good weekend,” Austin said. “I want my kids to just go out and continue to compete and improve on the things we have worked on in practice. I saw a lot of improvement from last Tuesday to this past weekend.”

The Mat Bulldoggs will compete at the Apalachee High School Wildcat Invitational beginning Friday at 5 p.m. Action resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. The tournament will allow all wrestlers a chance to compete in nine matches.

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