McCoy, Strickland champions, six Wolverines reach podium at Maroon Devil Invitational

Polk County’s Satchel McCoy and Tori Strickland each earned an individual title as six Wolverines reached the podium in their weight classes on Saturday at the Maroon Devil Invitational in Bryson City.

The individual success helped the Wolverines place sixth in the 13-team boys field. R-S Central won the team title, followed by Franklin and Coahulla Creek of Dalton, Ga.

McCoy won both of his matches in the 120-pound class by pin, including a second-period fall of R-S Central’s Maddox Elliott in the championship match.

Competing in the girls division, Strickland dominated the 106-pound class, winning all of her matches by pin.

Bryson McCraw at 152 pounds and Jacob Knighton at 170 pounds also battled into the championship matches in their weight classes, both returning home with second-place showings. Shatter Johnson and Collier Foster also had top-four finishes to earn spots on the podium.

The Wolverines are scheduled to compete again on Wednesday at the North Knight Invitational at North Henderson High School. Wrestlers from some 20 schools representing three states are expected to compete in the event.

Polk County’s Tori Strickland

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Semifinal – Satchel McCoy (Polk County) p. Phoenix Presnell (Mountain Heritage)
1st Place Match – Satchel McCoy p. Maddox Elliott (R-S Central)

132
Quarterfinal – Shatter Johnson (Polk County) p. Ben Waldroop (Franklin)
Semifinal – Caleb Cox (R-S Central) p. Shatter Johnson
Cons. Semi – Shatter Johnson d. Caden Gordon (Hayesville), 11-5
3rd Place Match – Landon Robinson (Owen) p. Shatter Johnson

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Quarterfinal – Collier Foster (Polk County) d. William McCoy (Smoky Mountain), 10-5
Semifinal – Walker Mains (Hendersonville) 27-6 p. Collier Foster
Cons. Semi – Collier Foster maj. dec. Cade Woody (Madison), 13-1
3rd Place Match – Collier Foster d. William McCoy (Smoky Mountain), 10-4

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Quarterfinal – Bryson McCraw (Polk County) p. Lennon McKnight (Smoky Mountain)
Semifinal – Bryson McCraw p. Israel Ferguson (Swain County)
1st Place Match – Sam Wilson (R-S Central) p. Bryson McCraw

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Quarterfinal – Deaken Nodine (Polk County) p. Tyler Smith (Franklin)
Semifinal – Kyle Jamerson (Madison) p. Deaken Nodine
Cons. Semi – Bryson Bartley (Coahulla Creek) p. Deaken Nodine

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Quarterfinal – Jacob Knighton (Polk County) p. Daniel Austin (Hayesville)
Semifinal – Jacob Knighton p. Gilberto Rivera (Hendersonville)
1st Place Match – Bryan Rodriguez (Franklin) p. Jacob Knighton

Polk County also had a handful of wrestlers compete in the junior varsity division. Full match results were not available, but final results for those wrestlers included:

126 – Adison Broyles – 2nd
138 A – Brayden Gartzman – 5th
138 B – Zech Pruitt – Tied for 1st
145 A – Logan Nodine – 5th
170 A – Gabe Towne – 5th
170 B – John Wright – Tied for 1st
182 C – Alex Love – 1st
220 B – Obed Najara – 3rd

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