Kaden Jobe walked onto Polk County Middle School’s wrestling mat Thursday and confidently shook the hand of Brevard Middle School’s Aaron Bently.
Eight seconds later, Jobe again shook Bently’s hand – just before having his raised in victory.
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That aggressive approach permeated the Wolverines’ Blue Ridge Middle School Conference match with the Blue Devils. Brevard wound up the victor, taking a 66-36 win, but Polk Middle’s continued improvement, especially with its vigor on the mat, gave head coach Jason Flynn reason to be pleased at day’s end.
“That effort is getting us there,” Flynn said. “We had some different guys win their first match, and it’s good to have some success in the early going. That’s good for them.
“What I’ve seen is very encouraging.”
Polk Middle raced to an 18-0 lead in Thursday’s match, which opened with the 195-pound class. Wolverine Lane Smith won that match with a pin just before the end of the second period, with Ethan Beck following with another second-period pin at 220 pounds. Austin Waters then earned a forfeit at heavyweight to put the Wolverines up by 18.
Brevard rolled through the lower weights to build a 30-18 lead before Angus Weaved pinned Abram Justice midway through the second period of the 120-pound match. The Blue Devils then took wins at 126 and 132 before Jobe’s lightning-quick win made the score 42-30.
The match of the evening followed at 145 pounds, a back-and-forth battle between Polk’s Brady Hall and Brevard’s Keanu Smith. A rollicking second period saw each wrestler nearly record a fall in the span of a few seconds before Smith finally did so late in the period.
Hunter Moore’s pin at 160 points gave the Wolverines their final points.