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Wolverine wrestlers flash potential as 1A West Regional ends season

Polk County’s wrestling season came to an end Saturday – with much promise for the future

Polk County’s wrestling season came to an end Saturday – with much promise for the future.

The Wolverines concluded the 2017-18 season in the 1A West Regional at Avery. Eleven Polk County wrestlers began the day in the consolation bracket, with six of those 11 winning at least one match before being eliminated.

Two Wolverines nearly fought through the consolation bracket to reach the final four in their weight class and earn a trip to next week’s state 1A tournament. Preston Burnett pinned Hayesville’s Dustyn Davenport and routed Cherokee’s Jesse Blauvelt 19-4 before being defeated by East Surry’s Jesse Aguilar.

Hayden Shumate also won a pair of matches at 195 pounds, pinning Andrews’ Zach Gibby and scoring a 3-2 decision over Cherokee’s Jacob Hodge, before falling to North Rowan’s Nautica Patterson.

Evan Miller (132), Dillon Knighton (152), Trey Thompson (170) and Devin Panchyshyn (285) all won one match before being knocked out of the tournament.

Knighton and Panchyshyn are the only Polk County seniors who competed in the event.

1A West Regional
at Avery County High School
Saturday’s Results
106
Consolation
Jackson Russ (Avery) p. Chris Rickman (Polk), 0:42

113
Consolation
Samuel Green (Swain) d. Triston Watkins (Polk), 14-8

126
Consolation
Preston Burnett (Polk) p. Dustyn Davenport (Hayesville), 1:29
Burnett tech. fall Jesse Blauvelt (Cherokee), 19-4
Jesse Aguilar (East Surry) p. Burnett, 2:46

132
Consolation
Evan Miller (Polk) maj. dec. Chandler Luffman (East Wilkes), 23-14
Kaleb Tilley (East Surry) p. Miller, 1:34

138
Consolation
Adrian Caro (East Surry) d. Brennan Worthington (Polk), 6-3

152
Consolation
Dillon Knighton (Polk) p. Josh Poe (Thomas Jefferson), 2:13
Sam Sneed (Cherokee) p. Knighton, 0:34

160
Consolation
Nick Dennard (Andrews) p. Mitchell Yoder (Polk), 1:49

170
Consolation
Trey Thompson (Polk) p. Austin Duncan (Avery), 1:53
Luke Rayfield (Cherokee) p. Thompson, 1:24

182
Consolation
Wess Hooper (Robbinsville) p. James Smith (Polk), 1:55

195
Consolation
Hayden Shumate (Polk) p. Zach Gibby (Andrews), 0:23
Shumate d. Jacob Hodge (Cherokee), 3-2
Nautica Patterson (North Rowan) p. Shumate, 3:00

285
Consolation
Devin Panchyshyn (Polk) p. Hunter McGaha (Andrews), 3:58
Benjamin Deviney (Cherokee) p. Panchyshyn, 1:11

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