Strong, McClure compete for Spain Park

Leon Strong, left, and Kevin McClure competed in the Julian McPhillips' Invitational tournament over the weekend. (Contributed)

Leon Strong, left, and Kevin McClure competed in the Julian McPhillips’ Invitational tournament over the weekend. (Contributed)

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Reporter

Montgomery- Spain Park sent two wrestlers to compete in the Julian McPhillips’ Invitational over the weekend: Kevin McClure and Leon Strong. McClure placed first in the 222-pound division and scored 27 team points, while Strong placed third in the 154-pound class, earning 20.5 team points. The Jaguars, behind the efforts of these two wrestlers alone, beat out four other teams and finished 13th out of 17.

Strong was pinned in the first round of the championship bracket by Nick Baker of Holtville High School, but went on to win the next five matches in the consolation bracket to take third place overall in his weight class. Strong won four matches out of five in the consolation bracket by fall and one by technical fall on his way to a convincing third place day.

McClure continued his recent winning streak by taking first place in his weight class and being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestling, according to the schools’ website. McClure won all three of his match-ups preceding the championship round via pin, and beat Randy Hooks of Auburn High School by major decision to take home first place.