The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk wrestling team is in the spotlight for our third biggest sports story of the last school year. The Hawks were coming off of a season where they had not had a wrestler advance to the district meet for the first time in eight seasons. They would start a new streak and make history during the 2018-19 campaign. The Golden Hawks finished with an 8-14 overall dual record. At the River Valley Conference Championship meet Mid-Prairie saw junior Isaac Boucher break out and win the conference title at 195lbs. The run in the tournament was impressive enough to move him into the top 10 in the state according to thepredicament.com for the first time on the season. His momentum didn’t stop there as he rolled through the sectional tournament with the championship at 195lbs, joining teammate Colton Allen who made it through to districts as runner-up at 182lbs. At districts, it took a wrestleback but Boucher punched his ticket to Des Moines with a 3-1 win over Solon’s Adam Bock. Once at state, he made the most of it, placing sixth, getting to walk in the parade of champions and appear on the podium. He went 3-3 during his time in Des Moines.
The Golden Hawks also had one of their own make history during the season. Golden Hawk wrestler Rylee Vercande had a terrific year as a freshman. She was ranked No. 1 at 132lbs in the first ever Iowa High School Girls Wrestling Rankings submitted by iawrestle.com. She also participated in the first ever Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Girls State Tournament finishing in fifth place with a 4-1 record at the tournament. Tune in Thursday as our number two Mid-Prairie sports moment takes us to the track.