Improving Polk Middle wrestlers drop decision to Rugby

Polk County Middle's Jacob Knighton works to pin his opponent during Monday's match.

The future continues to look bright for Polk County Middle’s wrestling team.

The Wolverines didn’t win the war Monday, falling 72-24 to Rugby Middle in a Blue Ridge Conference match at Polk County.

But Polk Middle wrestlers won five matches against one of the conference’s traditional powers, notching three pins and a pair of decisions.

Harrison Waddell opened the scoring for Polk Middle with a first-period pin of Joey Sane in the 220-pound class. The Wolverines then got their second pin of the match thanks to Antonio Simpson, who recorded a fall over Landon Taylor early in the second period of their 106-pound clash.

John Wright continued the scoring for Polk with a 10-5 decision in the 126-pound class. Wright trailed entering the final two minutes, but dominated the period with a takedown and two near-falls to secure the win.

Polk’s Bryce Jergenson followed with a 6-4 decision at 132 pounds. Jergenson had a pair of takedowns in the first two periods, then added two more vital points in the final period to hold off Cameron Allen.

Jacon Knighton then capped the scoring for Polk Middle with a second-period pin of Aiden Laughter at 138 pounds.

Polk County (0-3) travels to Apple Valley on Thursday for another Blue Ridge Conference match.