Polk County Middle’s Shatter Johnson closes in on a fall during his match Tuesday at 140 pounds

Polk Middle wrestlers upend Apple Valley in season opener

Polk County Middle made the most Tuesday of the opening match of its delayed 2020 wrestling season.

The Wolverines defeated perennial Blue Ridge Conference power Apple Valley, handing the Knights a 54-49 defeat at Polk Middle.

Polk Middle won five matches on the mat and received four forfeit wins. All proved vital as the Wolverines eked out the win over the defending BRC champions.

Perhaps the match of the day came at 134 pounds, where Polk sixth grader Styler Blackwell pinned his opponent just before the final buzzer sounded to end the match.

Also earning wins on the mat were Shatter Johnson, Jacob Ed, Spencer Bishop and Colt Love.

Polk Middle returns to the mat on Thursday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle for another BRC match.

Polk Middle’s Styler Blackwell works toward his last-second pin in the 134-pound match

Polk County Middle 54, Apple Valley Middle 49
78: Williams (AV) by forfeit
85: Conner Ahlert (PC) by forfeit
92: McMinn (AV) p. Logan
100: double forfeit
108: Carson Bell (PC) by forfeit
115: Turner Loveland (PC) by forfeit
122: Short (AV) p. Andres Sanchez
128: Piaz (AV) by forfeit
134: Styler Blackwell (PC) p. Nicirocleto
140: Shatter Johnson (PC) p. Locemy (AV receives one team point)
147: Jacob Ed (PC) p. Hensley
154: Blanton (AV) p. Zack McCraw
162: Vega (AV) p. Aaron Dickey
172: Spencer Bishop (PC) p. Beddingfield
184: Rodriguez (AV) p. Phillip Pike
197: Colt Love (PC) p. Victor Q.
222: Wyatt McCraw (PC) by forfeit
252: Cruz (AV) by forfeit