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Dodge City Wrestling Teams Honored with Dedication Day at Commission Meeting

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[FORD COUNTY, Kan.]



Before going over ordinances and agenda items at their Monday, April 4 meeting, Dodge City Commissioner’s proclaimed April 21, as both “Dodge City High School Lady Demon Wrestling Team Day” and “Dodge City High School Red Demon Wrestling Team Day.”


The first part of the proclamation follows, the 2022 Dodge City High School Girls Wrestling team, coached by Tate Lowe, completing the season with winning a 6A State Title in only the third year of being a sanctioned sport.


This year the Lady Demons wrestling team produced six State placers with:

Jessica Rivera placing 6th, Ashley Alonso placing 3rd, Ariana De La Rosa placing 3rd, Hailey Ramos placing 2nd, Ashley Arroyo placing 2nd, Jolette Almaraz placing 4th, the most in Dodge City High School history.


Additionally, for the second consecutive year, the Lady Demon had two finalists representing the team at their respective weight classes and qualified 10 wrestlers for the tournament, also the most in school history, with seven of them placing in the top six.


The second part of the proclamation follows, the 2022 Dodge City High School Boys Wrestling team, also coached by Lowe, completing another successful season with two athletes reaching the pinnacle of the weight class, as well as producing two State Champions in the same year, Damian Mendez (45-0) and Luke Barker (41-1).


Senior, Damian Mendez caps off a record-breaking career as a Red Demon, being a three-time state champion and four-time finalist. He finishes his career as a Red Demon with a career record of 159-9 and holds the State Record for takedowns in a season.


Junior, Luke Barker is a two-time state champion and three-time finalist with one more season to compete. He also carries a career record as a Red Demon of 114-12.


Mendez and Barker helped guide the Red Demons to a 5th place finished at the state tournament in which four other wrestlers also placed.


Damian Mendez and Luke Barker competed at the National High School Coaching Association (NHSCA) National Tournament and both won national titles.


Of both proclamations, Vice-Mayor Michael Burns read, “to honor a team who are representatives of the quality and caliber of young women and men, not only of our school community but of our entire community.”


To which Dodge City High School wrestling coach Tate Lowe, emphasized by stating, “what you said about representing the community and that’s what these student athletes have done on and off the mat.


“We had a saying towards the end of the year to be “Dodge City Tough,” and that’s what they represented and they do it in honorable ways,” Lowe continued. “They’re just a great representation of this great community we that live in and we’re proud of them as adults and them as student athletes, and the way they’re going to carry on being Dodge City citizens is going to be great.”


During the petitions and proclamations portion of the April 4 commissioners’ meeting, the month of April 2022 was declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”


The last proclamation on the agenda, the week of April 3 through April 9 was declared “National Library Week.”


Dodge City Public Library has served the Dodge City community since 1907.


Lori Juhlin, Executive Director of the Dodge City Public Library added to this proclamation by introducing Rebecca Grizzell as the new Assistant Director of Public Services for the Dodge City Public Library; as well as John Mason as the new Kansas Heritage Center Archives Librarian.


The petitions and proclamations portion of the meeting then concluded, moving on to the consent calendar, ordinances, and new business.