Members of the Harmony High wrestling team competed in Wilmington, N.C. two weeks ago in the USA Wrestling Southeast Regional Cadet/Junior Championships. The Longhorns sent seven wrestlers from its club program, including Sean Seery, Marshall Smith, Will Jacobson, Conner Harris, Juan Gomez, and Darren Davis.
Four sophomores earned medals. Gomez was a double winner, earning fourth place medals in both Cadet Greco and Freestyle. Harris did the same double, earning second place in Cadet Greco and third place in Cadet Freestyle.
Smith and Davis did one better, each earning both Cadet Greco and Freestyle Championships. Davis also entered in the older Juniors division and earned a fourth place medal there.
Also at the Southeast regionals, Gunner Holland from Osceola’s club program won both Greco and Freestyle championships , and Anderson Heap came home with a second and third place medal.
OHS ALUM GETS COACHING GIG: Last week the University of Arkansas-Little Rock named Osceola grad Javier Maldonado as the first assistant coach in Trojan program history.
Maldonado comes to Little Rock after spending the past four seasons as the head coach at Southeastern University in Lakeland, where he built the Fire’s wrestling program from scratch and and led the Fire to a 41-31 dual meet record in his four years.
During his tenure at Southeastern, Maldonado mentored 18 national qualifiers with six wrestlers earning NAIA All-America honors. His teams posted a winning record in three of his four seasons, winning 12 dual meets in both 2015-16 and 2018-19, his first and last seasons.
Before entering the college coaching ranks Maldonado spent five seasons assisting his former coach, Jim Bird, at Osceola. Maldonado coached seven individual state champions, 22 state place winner and nine All-Americans. He was a two-time state champion as a wrestler at OHS (2001, ‘03) before going to Tennessee-Chattanooga and qualifying for the NCAA tournament three times (2006-08) at 125 pounds.