Editor’s Note: This is part five in a series about the 2019-2020Duncan High School Athletics school year and will show how the Duncan Demons performed during the school year.
With basketball tipping off the winter sports, the other two Duncan winter sports, wrestling and swimming, were looking to cap off their great seasons representing their school at state.
The Duncan Demons wrestling program had 11 in the State Championships where two made it into the placement matches with one finishing as runner up in his class and the other in fourth place.
Connor Riddles, in the 5A-132 division, beat a No. 2 seed in his first round match then beat the No. 1 seed in the West making it to the State Championship against the No.1 from the east side.
Caleb Tanner from Collinsville was going for history trying to be one of the few that won four titles in four years and Riddles took him to the limit in the state championship match.
Scoring three escape points, Riddles was unable to get an advantage going all three periods and lost 8-3 to finish as runner up in the 138 division and will be coming back next year to try and win state.
The other state placer was Blayton Montgomery who won fourth place on the final day. Duncan Wrestling coach Bobby Cook said he was proud of the way his wrestlers performed this year.
“With this team as a whole, we had 11 guys here and nine of them return next year,” Cook said. “We bring up a few eighth graders and again I think our program is continuing to build and develop.”
On the swimming side, finishing their school record best of seventh place in Class 5A, the Lady Demons had several state placers including Madelyn Harper who was most recently named All-State for swimming.
Harper finished second overall in her first individual event setting a school record in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 25.40 seconds in the race. Boys senior in Ethan Smith also had a great individual showing.
Smith, in the 100 yard freestyle, placed sixth in the race with a time of 53.41 seconds and his second event was the 50 yard freestyle where he placed eighth with a time of 23.65 seconds to have three top 10 finishes.
Duncan’s winter sports led into the next set of sports and our the next in the series will detail the sudden stoppage and how the spring sports were heading into action for the year.