Hill, Burdess lead Eagles wrestling at home

AHS finishes tournament 6th

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Trey Hill and Collin Burdess led the way on their home wrestling mats.
The 106-pounder, Hill, won his Arlington Invite weight class, while the 182-pounder, Burdess, finished as his runner-up Saturday afternoon. Overall, coach Doug Hart's Eagles lineup finished sixth out of eight teams with 77 points — 158.5 behind first-place Milford.
Hill won gold at his weight with a 4-0 record and four pins in round-robin competition. The quickest fall took just 39 seconds to accomplish against West Point GACC's Abraham Lopez.
The AHS standout, who is 19-8 according to trackwrestling.com, also earned a highlight victory during the second round. Hill trailed Raymond Central's Elijah Ehlers 8-1 early, still trailed after two periods and came back to earn a pin 27 seconds into the third.
“He flipped the switch,” Hart said.
Burdess, meanwhile, went 2-1 at 182 pounds, dropping his bracket championship match to Milford's Thomas Vance. The purple Eagles wrestler won by 7-4 decision.
The hometown Eagle, however, won his first two matches by pin. His first against Wahoo Neumann's Thomas Vrana took just 50 seconds.
While controlling his opponent's legs, Burdess muscled Vrana's right arm across the Cavalier's chest to his opposite side and pinned him. Hart said it's a technique AHS wrestlers initially doubted the success rate of during practice before they learned it, but now have in their arsenal.
In addition to Hill and Burdess, Arlington's Jacob Beans and JoeSeth McBride claimed fourth-place finishes. Bears was 2-3 with a pin and 6-4 decision at 160 pounds, while McBride was 1-3 at heavyweight with a 10-7 decision victory.
Eagles Aiden McDuffee, Trinton McDuffee, Lane Johannes and Ian Buckley also picked up a win apiece on their home mats Saturday.
Those same mats hosted the Arlington Youth Sports tournament on Sunday, though the high school varsity squad will next be in action 6 p.m. today at a Pender triangular.

McDuffee, Burdess win at Yutan
Before wrestling in front of its home crowd, Arlington produced two bracket champions Thursday during the Yutan Invite.
Trinton McDuffee and Burdess won their weight classes with spotless tournament records, helping the Eagles to a fourth-place team finish. The host Chieftains claimed the meet championship.
McDuffee won at 145 pounds, going 3-0 with three pins. He finished Fort Calhoun's Owen Miller in 5:58, the Pioneers' Tyler DeMilt in 1:31 and Crete's Cesar Linares in 2:33 for the title.
Burdess, meanwhile, was 3-0 with three at 182 pounds. His final match against Ethan Shaner was his fastest — 44 seconds.
Hill earned his squad's lone second-place effort. The 106-pounder went 2-1, claiming both of his wins by pin.
In addition, Aiden McDuffee, Kolton Gilmore, Beans and Buckley of AHS earned third-place finishes. McDuffee was 1-2 at 113 pounds and Gilmore went 3-1 at 152. A 2-1 finish claimed bronze for Beans at 160 and Buckley was 3-1 at 170 with three pins.
Izzy Sanchez earned two wins and was fifth at 152, while Johannes (160 pounds) and Cade Podany (170) were also fifth.
Lastly, Arlington's Stokely Lewis finished his night with a major decision and was seventh at 138 pounds.

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