Polk Middle’s Knighton takes second in BRC tournament

Polk County Middle School wrestlers and coaches taking part in Saturday's Blue Ridge Conference tournament included: front row, from left: Harrison Waddell, Bryson McCraw, Amner Contreras; back row, from left, assistant coach Phillip Miller, Jacob Knighton, head coach Jerry Cox

Polk County Middle’s Jacob Knighton took second place Saturday in the 136-pound weight class at the Blue Ridge Conference wrestling tournament in Waynesville.

Polk Middle’s Jacob Knighton (center) took second place in the 136-pound class.

Knighton was one of four Polk Middle wrestlers to qualify for the event. Also competing were Bryson McCraw, Harrison Waddell and Amner Contreras.

Knighton is the first Polk Middle wrestler to reach the championship match in a weight class since Evan Miller in 2016.

The event wrapped up the season for Polk County Middle, led this year by head coach Jerry Cox and assistant coach Phillip Miller.