Connor Ahlert

The 2022-23 middle school wrestling season is quickly approaching, and a group of Wolverines got a jump on the schedule on Saturday.

Seven local wrestlers expected to be part of Polk County Middle’s squad this season competed in the Honey Badger 2022 Tournament in Hickory. The group, competing as Polk County, finished third in the team standings.

Wrestlers Chester Wilson (152) and Styler Blackwell (160) took top honors in their weight classes, with Efrain Rivera (98) and Conner Ahlert (113) earning second-place showings.

Brody Wolfe (106) and Amon Villarreal (120) finished in fourth place in their classes while Jaxtyn Virgil (112) came up one match shy of a spot in the consolation final.

Polk County Middle’s wrestling season kicks off November 21 with a match at Canton Middle. The Wolverines will host a scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 12.