On a night made to showcase the future of Polk County wrestling, Phillip Miller tried to keep his mind on the days ahead as well.
Not always an easy thing to do for the Wolverines’ head coach.
Polk County dropped a pair of Western Highlands Conference matches Thursday night at home, falling 54-30 to Mountain Heritage and 63-15 to Mitchell.
Polk County Middle’s wrestling team opened the evening against Cane River Middle, part of the same district as Mountain Heritage, with the Wolverines falling 54-46. Given the number of freshman and sophomores competing this season for the high school squad, there may not have been a huge average age difference between the two Wolverine programs.
“Honestly, as young as we are, we’ve got to go through a lot of growing pains,” Miller said. “But you can see that we are getting better.
“In the Mountain Heritage match, there were a lot of good things. Bryson Seay stepped up for us. Devin (Panchyshyn) did what we wanted him to do. Triston (Watkins) did what we wanted him to do. There were a lot of good things there.”
Wrestling at 170 pounds, Seay won both of his matches by pin during the evening. Charlie McKaig (pin) and Carlos Sedano (decision) had Polk’s other wins against Mitchell while Panchyshyn (pin), Darryl Caesar (forfeit), Watkins (pin) and Dillon Knighton (pin) were victorious against Mountain Heritage.
Mitchell, which has appeared in three straight state 1A championship matches, defeated Mountain Heritage 46-30 in the night’s other match.
Polk County is scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Owen for another Western Highlands Conference match.