Originally published Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 04:51p.m.

KINGMAN – The Lee Williams High School wrestling team kicked off the New Year with a strong finish at the 48th annual Joseph City Tournament.

The Volunteers not only finished third in the dual tournament, but also tallied a third-place finish in the individual portion.

It was the highest placing at an individual team tournament in Lee Williams school history.

“These kids just keep turning heads everywhere we go,” said Vols head coach Dan Ondrejka. “You never know what you are going to get coming out of Christmas break, but these kids showed up to wrestle. I couldn’t be more proud of them. We just need to keep that momentum going through January and into state.”

Lee Williams kicked off the weekend by going 4-1 in the dual tournament to take the No. 1 seed in their respective pool.

The Vols defeated Red Mesa (66-12), Mogollon (48-31) and Northwest Christian (42-40) before taking down Camp Verde to secure third place with a score of 48-36.

The only dual loss was against defending Division III state champion Yuma (60-15).

“Yuma has got a really good team, but those kids embraced the challenge and pushed them every single match,” Ondrejka said. “That score doesn’t reflect how well those kids wrestled them.”

The second day of the tournament went to individual brackets with the Volunteers sending nine kids into medal rounds. Lee Williams’ Zack Dixon (120) and Morgan Mazon (138) led the way with second-place finishes, while Jimmy Wayman (145) took third.

Michael Mazon (170) and Devin Wyatt (182) each finished fourth, followed by Christian Muhr (106) in fifth. Other top performers included Kobe Hales (195) in sixth, Joe Fisher (Heavyweight) in seventh and Oscar Gamez (160) in eighth.

“The kids carried that energy from day one into day two,” Ondrejka said. “It was really exciting to see.”

Lee Williams concluded the Joseph City Invitational Individual Tournament Saturday evening with the team scoring enough points to take third out of 22 teams.

The Vols stay close to home this week as they take on Mohave Wednesday, followed by the Dan Salyer Invitational Friday and Saturday at Mohave.

- Information provided by Lee Williams wrestling