Polk County Middle's Carson Bell is one of 14 Wolverines qualified for the Blue Ridge Conference Individual Tournament

Polk Middle wrestlers claim program’s first division championship

The division and conference champions represented on signs in Polk County Middle School’s gymnasium encompass almost every sport played at the school.

One notable absence has been wrestling, a sport in which the Wolverines have never claimed a Blue Ridge Conference championship of any sort.

Until now.

Polk Middle’s wrestling team is officially the BRC East Division champion for 2021-22, which also means a spot in the dual team playoffs to determine the league’s conference champion. Those playoffs will be held Monday at Polk County High School.

Two mats will be used for the BRC duals, with Polk Middle wrestling West Division runner-up Bethel Middle on one mat and West champion Waynesville facing East runner-up Apple Valley on the other mat beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Following those matches, Polk Middle will recognize its eighth graders while the two mats are reduced to one for the championship match.

Prior to Monday’s team action, the Wolverines are slated to battle for crowns at the league’s individual tournament, set for Saturday at Waynesville Middle.

Polk Middle qualified 14 wrestlers for Saturday’s meet, those wrestlers including:

Blake Cole
Brody Wolfe
Conner Ahlert
Alex Martin
Aiden Billings
Carson Bell
Amon Villarreal
Zach McCraw
Chester Wilson
Simon Moore
Zalen McCraw
Ben Winkel
Lucas Johnson
Kam Montgomery