Wolverine Wrestling Club competitors at Saturday's Mustang Stampede (photo courtesy WWC)

Wolverine Wrestling Club members excel at Mustang Stampede

Wolverine Wrestling Club members picked up several podium finishes during the Mustang Stampede tournament held Saturday at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva.

WWC competitors Efrain Rivera, Jaxtyn Virgil and Styler Blackwell each captured first-place showings, with Blackwell winning both the Middle School 145/152 class and Middle School 160 class. The latter bracket featured a semifinal clash between Blackwell and Polk County Middle School teammate Zach McCraw, with Blackwell winning that match by pin.

Virgil won Middle School 106 and also added a second-place effort at Middle School 113.

12U 106/113
Round 1 – Isaac Young (Haywood Elite) p. Jace Williams (Wolverine Wrestling Club)
Round 2 – Jodi Barrett (Smoky mountain youth wrestling) p. Jace Williams
Round 3 – Jace Williams (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Jamison Smith (Haywood Elite)

Middle School 90/98
Semifinal – Efrain Rivera (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Landry Webb (Haywood Elite)
1st Place Match – Efrain Rivera p. Michael Lettner (WMS)

Middle School 106
Quarterfinal – Jaxtyn Virgil (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Ethan Chekelelee (Peak )
Semifinal – Jaxtyn Virgil p. Kyce Cook (Smoky mountain youth wrestling)
1st Place Match – Jaxtyn Virgil p. Tristan Eziekiel Queen (Blue Devil Wrestling Club)

Middle School 113
Semifinal – Jaxtyn Virgil (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Evan Ball (Smoky mountain youth wrestling)
1st Place Match – Isaac Young (Haywood Elite) p. Jaxtyn Virgil

Middle School 120/126
Semifinal – Evan McCraw (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Dakota Smith (Smoky mountain youth wrestling)
1st Place Match – Tristin Cison (Blue Devil Wrestling Club) d. Evan McCraw, 9-2

Middle School 145/152
Quarterfinal – Zach McCraw (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Iker Ramirez (Haywood Elite)
Semifinal – Garrett Young (KLAW) p. Zach McCraw
Cons. Semi – Knox Orrr (Peak ) p. Zach McCraw

Middle School 145/152
Semifinal – Styler Blackwell (Wolverine Wrestling Club) maj. dec. Ty Walker (Unaffiliated), 12-4
1st Place Match – Styler Blackwell (Wolverine Wrestling Club) d. Garrett Young (KLAW), 8-2

Middle School 160
Quarterfinal – Zach McCraw (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Luis Hernandez (KLAW)
Semifinal – Styler Blackwell (Wolverine Wrestling Club) p. Zach McCraw
Cons. Semi – Zach McCraw p. Giancarlo Garcia (Unaffiliated)
3rd Place Match – Zach McCraw p. Garrett Young (KLAW)

Middle School 160
Quarterfinal – Styler Blackwell (Wolverine Wrestling Club) d. Garrett Young (KLAW), 7-2
Semifinal – Styler Blackwell p. Zach McCraw (Wolverine Wrestling Club)
1st Place Match – Styler Blackwell p. Joseph McCoy (Peak )