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Improving Wolverines close gap on Apple Valley despite loss

Polk County Middle’s wrestling team continued Thursday to show its progress this season

Polk County Middle’s wrestling team continued Thursday to show its progress this season.

True, the Wolverines dropped a 60-39 decision to Apple Valley in a Blue Ridge Athletic Conference match at Polk. But after an 84-18 loss to the Knights earlier in the season, Polk had ample reason to be encouraged despite the outcome.

“Huge improvement from the last time we were facing them,” said Polk Middle head coach Jerry Cox.

The Wolverines also forfeited five classes, those 30 points helping decide the match.

Polk’s Angus Weaver recorded a pin at 162 points to improve to 5-0 on the season, with Bryan Sumano posting a fall at 134 points to up his record to 5-1.

Casey Beiler also improved to 5-1 with the match of the day, a battle at 147 pounds with Christian Jewell that went into overtime. Neither wrestler scored in the one-minute sudden death period, leading to two 30-second periods.

Beiler was able to record a takedown just before the end of the first 30-second period, then held on for a 6-4 decision.

Bryan Tuffill and Topher Pearson also won their matches via pin while A.J. Waters and Tevis Jobe were winners by forfeit.

The Wolverines are back in action on Monday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle.

Apple Valley 60, Polk County 39
78: Tevis Jobe (PC) by forfeit
85: Topher Pearson (PC) p. Seth Eaton
92: Daniel Figueroa (AV) p. Ben Thompson
100: Darian Guido (AV) by forfeit
108: Henry Portella (AV) p. Bryson Rickman
115: Tyson Norris (AV) p. Brayden Gartzman
122: Gasper Castro (AV) by forfeit
128: David Benjamin (AV) p. Jesus Sumano
134: Bryan Sumano (PC) p. Dorian Sepulveda
140: Taylor Vorbrick (AV) p. John Wright
147: Casey Beiler (PC) d. Christian Jewell, 6-4
154: Reece Meadows (AV) p. Obed Najera
162: Angus Weaver (PC) p. Julio Lopez
172: Bryan Tuffill (PC) p. Caesar Rodriguez
184: Tucker Limberg (AV) by forfeit
197: Jed Harris (AV) by forfeit
222: Jose Hamrick (AV) by forfeit
285: A.J. Waters (PC) by forfeit

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