Polk earns runner-up finish at Plowboy Brawl

Polk County opened the 2023-24 wrestling season on Saturday with a solid second-place showing at the 2nd Annual Plowboy Brawl at Chase High School.

The Wolverines only finished behind Boiling Springs in the 16-team field. Brevard placed third, followed by Woodmont (S.C.) and East Henderson. The field included all seven Mountain Foothills 7 Conference schools.

Polk had three wrestlers win their weight classes – Aiden Billings at 126 pounds, Zalen McCraw at 175 and Jadyn Virgil at 215. Virgil won all four of his matches by fall.

Polk’s Jacob Ed (150) and Styler Blackwell (157) each placed second.

The Wolverines are slated to be back in action on Tuesday, hosting Chase in a dual match at 5 p.m. That match will be held at Polk County Middle School.

VARSITY BOYS
113

Quarterfinal – Alexander May (Hendersonville) p. Brody Wolfe (Polk County) (Fall 0:37)
Cons. Round 2 – Brody Wolfe p. Owen Howard (R-S Central) (Fall 0:17)
Cons. Round 3 – Brody Wolfe p. Chris Morrow (Chase) (Fall 0:58)
Cons. Semi – Luke Hillers (Boiling Springs) p. Brody Wolfe (Fall 3:50)

120
Champ. Round 1 – Tristin Cison (Brevard) d. Amon Villarreal (Polk County), 12-8
Cons. Round 1 – Amon Villarreal p. Jayce Batson (Blue Ridge) (Fall 1:21)
Cons. Round 2 – Amon Villarreal p. Garrett McGinnis (Chase) (Fall 1:24)
Cons. Semi – Amon Villarreal p. Peyton Martin (East Gaston) (Fall 4:37)
3rd Place Match – Tristin Cison p. Amon Villarreal (Polk County) (Fall 1:40)

126
Champ. Round 1 – Aiden Billings (Polk County) p. Parker Stillwell (East Gaston) (Fall 0:00)
Quarterfinal – Aiden Billings p. Cayden Marshall (Patton) (Fall 0:18)
Semifinal – Aiden Billings p. Matthew Emory (Boiling Springs) (Fall 0:24)
1st Place Match – Aiden Billings p. Landon Morrison (Woodmont) (Fall 2:46)

132
Champ. Round 1 – Conner Ahlert (Polk County) p. Parker Plekan (Clyde A. Erwin) (Fall 2:02)
Quarterfinal – Conner Ahlert p. Cooper White (Brevard) 1-2 (Fall 1:01)
Semifinal – Adrian Fox (Chase) p. Conner Ahlert (Fall 2:39)
Cons. Semi – Alex Lane (East Rutherford) p. Conner Ahlert (Fall 2:13)

144
Quarterfinal – Mykah Hills (Polk County) p. Laso Kelleh (Woodmont) (Fall 1:28)
Semifinal – Porter Allen (East Henderson) p. Mykah Hills (Fall 2:48)
Cons. Semi – Cameron Crawford (R-S Central) 13-7 maj. dec. Mykah Hills, 10-2

150
Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Ed (Polk County) p. Isaac Hill (Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy) (Fall 0:57)
Quarterfinal – Jacob Ed p. Cavan Sullivano (Patton) (Fall 1:58)
Semifinal – Jacob Ed d. Harrison Brafford (Boiling Springs), 1-0
1st Place Match – Hunter Digh (East Gaston) d. Jacob Ed, 7-2

157
Quarterfinal – Styler Blackwell (Polk County) p. Jacob Land (Woodmont) (Fall 0:38)
Semifinal – Styler Blackwell p. Jayden Calloway (Owen) (Fall 1:50)
1st Place Match – Jesse Phillips (Brevard) p. Styler Blackwell (Fall 2:00)

165
Quarterfinal – Devaun Jones (Burns) p. Donte Tingling (Polk County) (Fall 3:34)
Cons. Round 2 – Donte Tingling p. Henry Hamrick (R-S Central) (Fall 0:24)
Cons. Round 3 – Jonathan Cortes (Boiling Springs) p. Donte Tingling (Fall 3:00)

175
Quarterfinal – Zalen McCraw (Polk County) p. John Moore (Owen) (Fall 3:19)
Semifinal – Zalen McCraw maj. dec. Caleb Clark (Patton), 18-7
1st Place Match – Zalen McCraw d. Carlos Rios (Boiling Springs), 9-6

215
Champ. Round 1 – Jadyn Virgil (Polk County) p. Wyokwon Oh (Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy) (Fall 0:55)
Quarterfinal – Jadyn Virgil p. Cameron Bradley (Chase) (Fall 0:13)
Semifinal – Jadyn Virgil p. Rio Obispo (Owen) (Fall 0:25)
1st Place Match – Jadyn Virgil p. Kevin Saldana (Hendersonville) (Fall 2:55)

285
Champ. Round 1 – Lucas Johnson (Polk County) p. Jackson Poarch (Patton) (Fall 3:09)
Quarterfinal – Lucas Johnson p. Jesse Bryant (Burns) (Fall 1:44)
Semifinal – Colten Riddle (East Henderson) p. Lucas Johnson (Fall 0:56)
Cons. Semi – Carter Reeves (Owen) p. Lucas Johnson (Fall 0:46)

VARSITY GIRLS
107

Quarterfinal – Grace Settles (Polk County) won by disqualification over Madison Hendrix-Rhodes (Chase) (DQ)
Semifinal – Nicole Mejia (East Henderson) p. Grace Settles (Fall 4:30)
Cons. Semi – Grace Settles p. Mia Roberson (East Henderson) (Fall 2:02)
3rd Place Match – Bella Johnson (Boiling Springs) p. Grace Settles (Fall 4:55)

JUNIOR VARSITY
JV 120

Quarterfinal – Jaxtyn Virgil (Polk County) p. Brendan Whisler (Boiling Springs) (Fall 3:40)
Semifinal – Jaxtyn Virgil p. Ayden McCloud (Blue Ridge) (Fall 0:35)
1st Place Match – Jaxtyn Virgil (Polk County) won by forfeit over Noah Hitch (Boiling Springs) (FF)

JV 120
Quarterfinal – Noah Hitch (Boiling Springs) p. Kaleb Barnette (Polk County) (Fall 1:29)
Cons. Semi – Ayden McCloud (Blue Ridge) p. Kaleb Barnette (Fall 0:00)

JV 126
Round 2 – Evan McCraw (Polk County) p. Skylar Pressley (Owen) (Fall 0:44)
Round 3 – Evan McCraw p. Asher Baquero (Clyde A. Erwin) (Fall 1:13)

JV 132
Quarterfinal – Thomas Russell (Owen) p. Christian Montejo (Polk County) (Fall 1:43)
Cons. Semi – Myles Scala (Owen) p. Christian Montejo (Fall 1:21)

JV 132
Quarterfinal – Carter Wade (Polk County) p. Jimerion Makupson (Boiling Springs) (Fall 3:48)
Semifinal – Carter Wade maj. dec. Myles Scala (Owen), 10-0
1st Place Match – Carter Wade p. Thomas Russell (Owen) (Fall 1:12)

JV 157
Quarterfinal – Benicio Villareal (Boiling Springs) d. Andres Sanchez (Polk County), 6-2
Cons. Semi – Camden Wease (East Rutherford) p. Andres Sanchez (Fall 0:31)

JV 165
Quarterfinal – Kaden Vandenploeg (Polk County) won by forfeit over Debron Johnson (East Gaston) (FF)
Semifinal – Kaden Vandenploeg (Polk County) d. Sawyer Cromer (Clyde A. Erwin), 10-9
1st Place Match – Kaden Vandenploeg (Polk County) won by forfeit over Luke Cope (East Gaston) (FF)

JV 175
Quarterfinal – Zach McCraw (Polk County) p. Tristain Baker (East Gaston) (Fall 2:26)
Semifinal – Demetrius Clark (Boiling Springs) d. Zach McCraw, 2-1
Cons. Semi – Zach McCraw p. Joshua Lawson (Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy) (Fall 0:57)
3rd Place Match – Zach McCraw p. Tristain Baker (East Gaston) (Fall 0:42)

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