Polk County Middle’s wrestling team delivered a big finish on a big stage.
The Wolverines had the opportunity Thursday to wrestle on the “monster mat” at West Henderson High School, the Falcons’ massive wrestling mat that measures 56 by 67 feet. With a high school match to follow, fans packed West Henderson’s gym, giving Rugby Middle a definite homecourt advantage.
But Polk Middle responded with a 72-36 victory over Rugby, clinching a 6-6 record and giving the Wolverines a sweep this season of the Raiders.
The Wolverines scored wins throughout the lineup, building an early 24-0 lead and never giving up the lead as the large stage didn’t deter their focus on reaching the .500 mark for the year.
“A fitting way to end a foundational year,” said Polk Middle head coach Jerry Cox. “Five of our kids didn’t win the first time we faced this team, but came out and won this time.”
Polk Middle will now begin preparations for the Blue Ridge Conference individual tournament, set for Feb. 1 at Pisgah High School in Canton.
Polk County 72, Rugby Middle 36
Polk Middle finishes only
78: Brinson Ashworth win by forfeit
85: Nathan Prince win by pin
92: Carson Bell win by pin
100: Topher Pearson win by pin
108: Aaron Jackson loss by pin
115: Shatter Johnson loss by pin
122: Jacob Ed win by pin
128: Aaron Dickey loss by pin
140: Aaron Morrison loss by pin
147: Chris Wilmoth win by pin
154: John Wright win by pin
162: Charlie Jackson win by forfeit
172: Kole Powell win by pin
184: Luke Miller loss by pin
197: Conner Cantwell win by pin
222: Conner Davis win by pin
252: Jayden McGill win by pin