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Thanks for the invite.

Mooresville High School’s wrestling team, making its regular season debut, showed its appreciation with one of the premiere performances in the annual Dekota Smith Wrestling Invitational held at South Caldwell High.

The Blue Devils advanced as many as five weight class entries into the championship finals and housed a total of three first-place finishers to show for its efforts. It was among the best single-program showing put forth by any of the total of 20 teams in attendance.

For the Devils, the threesome consisting of 106-pounder Greg Merriman, 113-pound participant Davis Freeze and 160-pound entry Luke Goodin all each overcame all other respective weight class rivals in their path for matching gold-medal winning placements.

The trio prevailed in all three of their matches to take top honors and earn Mooresville one of the highest number of such titlists among all other teams in the field.

Merriman worked his way through his bracket courtesy of wins, in order by pinfall, fall and major decision.

As for Freeze, he posted a win by decision that was then followed by a major decision before closing out his run to the top with a win by pin.

Goodin clocked in with wins, in order, by technical fall, decision and decision to merit his class’ title belt.

It came close to being more.

Both Samson Sokolski, doing so at 120 pounds, and teammate Dylan Roudesbush, in the affair’s 170-pound class ranks, reached their respective weight class finals before settling with runner-up positions.

Also for Mooresville, Isaiah Lane at 126-pounds worked his way all the way back through his division’s consolation round before earning a third-place finish, while teammate Weston Weddington also reached the consolation finals of his 145-pound class before settling with a fourth-place finish.

The appearance served to christen the season for Mooresville’s wrestling team, which headed into this week seeking to capture its program’s fifth consecutive Wrestle for a Cure championship crown just ahead of the extended Thanksgiving holiday break.

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