Polk County wrestling coach Adam Dedmon, left, shouts instructions during a recent match

Avery spoiled Polk County’s Western Highlands Conference wrestling opener on Thursday, handing the Wolverines a 60-21 defeat in Newland.

The Vikings, defending WHC champions and state 1A semifinalists a year ago, won 10 matches by fall. Polk County’s Brennan Worthington had the lone win on the mat for the Wolverines, scoring a 7-1 victory at 138 pounds over Tristan Adams.

Tori Strickland, Collier Foster and Trey Thompson received wins by forfeit for the remainder of Polk County’s points.

Polk County is set to compete Saturday in the Royal Viking Classic at North Wilkes High School.

Avery 60, Polk County 21
160: Seth Blackledge (AVCO) over Jacob Knighton (PC) (Fall 1:57)
170: Dalton Towe (AVCO) over Jesus Urieta (PC) (Fall 0:55)
182: Lucas Andrews (AVCO) over Gage McSwain (PC) (Fall 1:35)
195: Trey Thompson (PC) by forfeit
220: Levi Andrews (AVCO) by forfeit
285: Zachary Vance (AVCO) over Harrison Waddell (PC) (Fall 0:18)
106: Tori Strickland (PC) by forfeit
113: Collier Foster (PC) by forfeit
120: Ethan Shell (AVCO) over Satchel McCoy (PC) (Fall 0:43)
126: Jonah Hayes (AVCO) over Preston Burnett (PC) (Fall 3:15)
132: River Griffith (AVCO) over Deacon Nodine (PC) (Fall 1:52)
138: Brennan Worthington (PC) over Tristan Adams (AVCO) (Dec 7-1)
145: Johnathan Cable (AVCO) over Bryson McCraw (PC) (Fall 2:20)
152: Bradley Parker (AVCO) over Malakye Chavez (PC) (Fall 1:52)

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