Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

Gray’s Creek wrestler Tre Sousa needed the full time to win his final match at Jack Britt’s 18th Annual Boneyard Bash on Saturday, claiming the 120-pound title with a 15-8 decision.

But if you believe in the power of positive thinking, like the Bears do, he might have won it before he even stepped on the mat.

“We always go over the same motivation before every match,” said Sousa, who faced Aaron Wilkie of Holly Springs in the final. “Don’t give up pins, try your hardest and don’t go out there with a bad mindset. You want to act like you’re going to win, so you can win.”

The Bears sent three wrestlers to the finals, and 113-pounder Kyle Cunningham and 138-pounder Andrew Esterly each finished second.

All told, Gray’s Creek put seven wrestlers in the top six in their respective weight class, enough for a fourth-place finish, the highest among Cumberland County teams in the 20-school field.

“This is probably our strongest showing here at the Boneyard Bash,” Bears’ coach Matthew Anglin said. “I think we had four guys place last year, and this seemed like a tougher tournament, too.”

Sousa was one of two Cumberland County wrestlers to take a gold medal.

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