BENSON — The start of the New Year brings the McGlumphy-Comaduran Duals, the Bobcats’ home staple event and one etched in tradition.
Formerly known as the Benson Wrestling Invitational and one of the Big Three wrestling invitationals in Cochise County, the tournament was renamed in 2017 in honor of the late John “Mr. Mac” McGlumphy and Fred Comaduran.
Mac, a longtime Benson High School coach and athletic director, has long been considered the patriarch of Benson wrestling and that of Cochise County. Comaduran, who wrestled under Mac and who went on to guide Benson High School’s wrestling program for 30 years, has just recently been named to the Arizona Chapter National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The premier home wrestling duals is sure to provide plenty of mat-burning action over two days, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4. At least 16 teams have offered early commitment.
Led by senior captains Clayson Goodwin, Dante Smolinski and Zachary McCarter, the Bobcats, under the direction of head coach Ben Katshor, will look to help lead Benson to a strong tournament finish.
In addition to the Bobcats, St. David, which brought wrestling into its athletics mix last season, will compete, along with several familiar Div. IV foes. Teams so far include Bisbee, Flowing Wells, Morenci, Douglas, Pima, Thatcher, Catalina, Amphitheater, Desert View, Empire, Tombstone and Willcox. Perennial power Morenci appears to be the likely team to beat.
The Bobcats have not wrestled before the home crowd since Dec. 4. Benson competed last at Douglas Dec. 18 wrestling with the host Bulldogs and St. David, which came off the heels of the prestigious 40th Annual Tim Brown Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 13.
Wrestling in the top tournaments should help fuel the Bobcats’ road toward the sectional and state wrestling tournaments in February.
“... We have our young kids in the lineup and then we have kids who are seniors… I think this team can grow a lot and accomplish some great things,” head wrestling coach Ben Katshor has said. “They have to physically and mentally prepare themselves before every match and go out there and compete with confidence and know their moves will work. I think the beginning of the season team and the end of the season team are going to look completely different.”