Prim Gar­ners All-Amer­i­can Hon­ors At Na­tional Tournament

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By PABLO DIMARIA Spe­cial To The Times

Grace Davis High School wrestler Car­son Prim, from Escalon, had an out­stand­ing per­for­mance on the na­tional stage in re­cent days. On Thurs­day morn­ing, July 19, Prim, who is soon to be a sopho­more for the Spar­tans, de­feated Kyle Boeke of Min­nesota via a fall in 1:36 of their match to place at the U.S. Marine Corps 126 pound Cadet Greco-Ro­man Na­tion­als in Fargo, North Dakota.

The round to place, for­ever known in the sport as the “blood round,” is one of the most in­tense rounds of the tournament. Win and a wrestler fin­ishes in the top eight. Lose, and he goes home with a ton of what ifs.

Af­ter his vic­tory over Boeke, Prim needed three ad­di­tional wins to ob­tain the bronze medal. How­ever, he ran into a brick wall in Matthew Sin­gle­ton of Ge­or­gia in the fol­low­ing round as he lost a (10-0) match, which sent Prim in the 7th/8th place match.

In that match, Prim took on Dy­lan Kohn, a two-time state medal­ist, and one of the bet­ter wrestlers in the Cadet Divi­sion from Florida.

Prim started strong against Kohn as he hit his breadand-but­ter move, the head­lock, to put Kohn on his back and ob­tain four points. Many fans in the build­ing thought that the match was go­ing to end in a fall, but Kohn re­acted quickly and even­tu­ally es­caped.

A quick go be­hind take­down and a gut wrench move put Prim up by eight points be­fore the break. The smell of a tech-fall win by Prim was in the air. How­ever, as soon as the sec­ond pe­riod be­gan, Kohn sur­pris­ingly took down Prim to his back and pinned the young Spar­tan.

His eighth place fin­ish at Fargo is ex­pected to help Prim be more fo­cused when the 2018-19 sea­son be­gins to fight for a spot on the CIF, Cal­i­for­nia In­ter­scholas­tic Fed­er­a­tion, state podium.

Prim has lived in Escalon for 12 years and com­petes for the wrestling club Nor Cal Take Down in Modesto. He earned his All Amer­i­can sta­tus at Fargo in the 126-pound divi­sion, the 128 man Cadet bracket. A to­tal of 989 wrestlers from 46 states en­tered the tournament and 136 – in­clud­ing Prim – placed on the podium.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CHRIS MORA, FROMINSIDETHEMAT.COM

Young wrestler Car­son Prim of Escalon bat­tled to a spot on the podium at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Fargo, North Dakota. He at­tends Grace Davis High School, where he will be a sopho­more in the fall, and wres­tles for Nor Cal Take Down of Modesto.

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