Young Wolverine wrestlers fall to 2A power Chase

Polk County's Devin Panchyshyn works to get the upper hand against Chase heavyweight Spencer Williams during Wednesday's match.

Polk County’s young wrestling team had a chance Wednesday to get a firsthand look at one of the state’s top 2A wrestling programs.

With back-to-back regional final appearances, Chase has established itself as a perennial power, and the Trojans flashed the potential to continue that run on Wednesday during a 51-24 win over Polk County at Polk.

Only two matches during the evening moved into the second period as Chase earned eight first-period pins.

Polk County earned three wins by forfeit – Chris Rickman at 106, Preston Burnett at 126 and Trey Thompson at 182 – and another victory at 152 as Dillon Knighton added a first-period pin of his own in defeating Chase’s Ramzee Murray.

The match came on the heels of Polk County’s appearance in Saturday’s War Eagle Duals at East Henderson, where the Wolverines dropped a 66-16 loss to East, a 59-24 loss to Robbinsville, a 72-12 decision to Swain and a close 40-36 decision to Western Highlands Conference rival Owen.

In that match, Kaden Jobe picked up a pin over Alex Harper at 145 for the Wolverines’ first points of the day. Polk County added a forfeit win for James Smith at 195 and Nathan Ruff’s pin over Daniel Patton in the heavyweight class.

Chris Rickman followed with a forfeit win before Triston Watkins pinned Noah Lehman and Preston Burnett won by forfeit.

The Wolverines are set to return to action Jan. 4, beginning their Western Highlands Conference schedule at Avery.