Polk County Middle’s wrestling team once again defeated Hendersonville Middle, and once again did so with a tiny bit of controversy added for good measure.
The Wolverines notched a 72-36 home win Monday over the Bearcats that, more importantly, served as an indicator of the continued improvement of the Polk program.
Earlier this season the two teams tied in their match at Hendersonville Middle, a deadlock not broken for a couple of days until Blue Ridge Conference officials drilled deep into their tiebreaking procedure to determine that the Wolverines were winners.
This time Polk Middle captured the final five matches of the afternoon to earn their fifth victory of the year.
“This was a very good win,” said Polk Middle head coach Jerry Cox. “We tied with them early on, so this shows the progress and the things that we are doing in practice are giving them good matchups.
“We had kids that lost earlier to the same people coming out today and pinning them. This is a good measuring stick for our season.”
Polk Middle held a 48-36 lead when Aaron Morrison took the mat for the 140-pound match. Early in the first period, Morrison was dropped hard to the mat on his back, and the match referee immediately halted the action.
As Morrison was being examined, the referee ruled that he was taken down with a slam, an illegal move. While Hendersonville Middle coaches protested that decision, Morrison was deemed injured and unable to continue. As the injury was caused by an illegal move, Morrison was declared the winner of his match.
This did not please roughly half those in attendance.
But the Wolverines rendered that decision moot by sweeping the remainder of the day’s matchups, with Chris Wilmoth, John Wright and Charlie Jackson all claiming victories by pin. Jackson’s match provided an entertaining end to the day as he took a 7-0 lead after the first period, then was nearly pinned early in the second before scoring a reversal and a fall.
The Wolverines opened the match with a flurry, racing to a 24-6 lead behind pins by Kole Powell and Luke Miller and forfeit wins for Conner Davis and Jaiden McGill.
The Bearcats, though, rallied in the lower weights, winning four straight matches to take a 30-24 lead before Topher Pearson’s pin late in the first period at 108 pounds again evened the match. Shatter Johnson and Jacob Ed followed with wins to give the Wolverines a 42-30 edge, and Donte Tingling kept the margin at 12, 48-36, before Morrison’s match.
Polk County (5-4) will return to action on Thursday, traveling to Flat Rock.
Polk County Middle 72, Hendersonville Middle 36
76: Thomas Haxtable (H) p. Brinson Ashworth
85: Leland Carrol (H) by forfeit
92: Alex May (H) p. Carson Bell
100: Robinson (H) p. Aaron Jackson
108: Topher Pearson (PC) p. Mitchell Wolfe
115: Shatter Johnson (PC) p. Jackwon Wines
122: Jacob Ed (PC) p. Ethan Pavo
128: Andrew Ramsey (H) p. Aaron Dickey
134: Donte Tingling (PC) p. Xavier Garcia
140: Aaron Morrison (PC) injury default over Elijah Gibbs
147: Chris Wilmoth (PC) p. Beau Corcran
154: John Wright (PC) p. Cameron Wischow
162: Charlie Jackson (PC) p. Luke Landaverde
172: Kole Powell (PC) p. Robert Lartley
184: Luke Miller (PC) p. Avery Thomas
197: Matthew Sparks (H) p. Conner Cantwell
222: Conner Davis (PC) by forfeit
252: Jaiden McGill (PC) by forfeit