Foster earns Mountain Foothills 7 Conference wrestling title to lead Polk efforts

Collier Foster secured a spot Saturday in Polk County wrestling history.

Foster became the program’s first Mountain Foothills 7 Conference champion, winning the 132-pound class at the conference’s postseason tournament at Hendersonville.

Foster scored a 13-8 decision over R-S Central’s Caleb Cox in the championship match. He had a 10-1 major decision over Brevard’s Max Bailey in the semifinals after receiving a first-round bye.

Two other Wolverines earned medals with top-three showings at the tourney. Banks Barber placed third at 120 pounds while Dakota Ridings placed third at 195 pounds.

The Wolverines finished sixth in the team standings. R-S Central won the conference tournament, with Chase in second place.

Polk County will conclude its regular season on Tuesday, traveling to Patton for a quad match with other conference teams. The Wolverines will then turn their focus to the 2A West Regional, set for Feb. 11-12 at West Lincoln High School.

Polk County head wrestling coach Scott Taylor, left, and assistant coach Thom Hensley flank Dakota Ridings, Collier Foster and Banks Barber, each of whom finished in the top three at Saturday’s Mountain Foothills 7 Conference wrestling tournament (photo courtesy Chauncey Barber)

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Semifinal – Austin Mathis (Chase) p. Tori Strickland (PC)
Cons. Semi – Daniel Reyes (Hendersonville) p. Tori Strickland

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Quarterfinal – Carter Wade (PC) p. Addison Huntley (East Rutherford)
Semifinal – Luke Parker (Patton) p. Carter Wade
Cons. Semi – Jake Youngblood (Hendersonville) p. Carter Wade

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Semifinal – Julius Mathey (Chase) p. Banks Barber (PC)
2nd Place Match – Julius Mathey (Chase) won by no contest over Banks Barber

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Semifinal – Sawyer James (Patton) p. Shatter Johnson (PC)
3rd Place Match – Adrian Fox (Chase) p. Shatter Johnson

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Semifinal – Collier Foster (PC) maj. dec. Max Bailey (Brevard), 10-1
1st Place Match – Collier Foster (PC) d. Caleb Cox (R-S Central), 13-8

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Quarterfinal – Cayden Coggins (Hendersonville) d. Deaken Nodine, 8-3
Cons. Semi – Jaxon Turner (Brevard) p. Deaken Nodine

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Semifinal – Jacob Stockton (Brevard) d. Jaydyn Virgil (PC), 12-5
Cons. Semi – Daylon Lemmons (Chase) p. Jaydyn Virgil

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Semifinal – Elijah Eubanks (Brevard) p. John Wright (PC)
Cons. Semi – John Wright (PC) p. Randall Dunn (R-S Central)
3rd Place Match – Danny Marshall (Patton) p. John Wright

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Semifinal – Kamden Stephens (Patton) p. Dakota Ridings (PC)
3rd Place Match – Dakota Ridings (PC) p. Charles Yawn (Chase)
2nd Place Match – Kamden Stephens (Patton) 3-2 won by no contest over Dakota Ridings

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Quarterfinal – Obed Najera (PC) p. Jaymz Ingle (Chase)
Semifinal – Zach Pinion (R-S Central) p. Obed Najera
Cons. Semi – Obed Najera (PC) p. Boston Carswell (Patton)
3rd Place Match – Reece Wilson (Hendersonville) d. decision over Obed Najera, 6-2

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