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
Jackson Russ (Avery) p. Chris Rickman (Polk), 0:42
Samuel Green (Swain) d. Triston Watkins (Polk), 14-8
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
Evan Miller (Polk) maj. dec. Chandler Luffman (East Wilkes), 23-14
Kaleb Tilley (East Surry) p. Miller, 1:34
Adrian Caro (East Surry) d. Brennan Worthington (Polk), 6-3
Dillon Knighton (Polk) p. Josh Poe (Thomas Jefferson), 2:13
Sam Sneed (Cherokee) p. Knighton, 0:34
Nick Dennard (Andrews) p. Mitchell Yoder (Polk), 1:49
Trey Thompson (Polk) p. Austin Duncan (Avery), 1:53
Luke Rayfield (Cherokee) p. Thompson, 1:24
Wess Hooper (Robbinsville) p. James Smith (Polk), 1:55
Hayden Shumate (Polk) p. Zach Gibby (Andrews), 0:23
Shumate d. Jacob Hodge (Cherokee), 3-2
Nautica Patterson (North Rowan) p. Shumate, 3:00
Devin Panchyshyn (Polk) p. Hunter McGaha (Andrews), 3:58
Benjamin Deviney (Cherokee) p. Panchyshyn, 1:11