Steven Newell and Jerry Ogurkis of Dallas Middle School both advanced to the finals at Eastern Nationals in Salisbury Maryland recently. The tournament starts out with over 11,000 wrestlers from 17 states.
Newell placed second in the 108 lb. weight class, not giving up any points until the finals including the sectional and regional tournaments to get him to the championship. He is a three-time state qualifer, placing fifth last year and a two-time national qualifier where he also placed fifth last year.
Ogurkis placed second in the 175 lb. weight class, losing by one point in overtime that kept him from placing first. He finished sectional and regionals in first place and placed fifth at states last year. He has several champion titles from elite tounaments he attended, including Empire Nationals in New York.