Polk County Middle’s Topher Pearson

Polk County Middle’s Topher Pearson is, once again, a Blue Ridge Conference wrestling champion.

Pearson earned his second straight BRC championship on Saturday, winning the 100-pound division at the conference tournament held at Pisgah High School in Canton.

Pearson pinned Canton Middle School’s Jonathan Chapman in the championship match after earning a hard-fought 4-1 win over Apple Valley’s Seth Eden in the semifinals.

Polk Middle placed sixth in the tournament team standings as five wrestlers reached the championship round. Joining Pearson in the finals were Jacob Ed, John Wright, Luke Miller and Conner Davis.

Polk’s Kole Powell and Charlie Jackson each reached the consolation finals and finished fourth.

The seven wrestlers placing in the top four or higher are a record for the PCMS wrestling program as are the 15 wrestlers who qualified for the tournament.

Apple Valley won the team title, finishing with 207.5 points to Brevard Middle’s 194. Flat Rock had 146 points, with Bethel at 116.5, Smoky Mountain Middle at 112 and Polk Middle at 111.

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Quarterfinal – Davy McCoy (Smoky Mountain Middle School) won by fall over Carson Bell (PCMS) (Fall 0:27)
Cons. Semi – Grayson Reece (Bethel Middle) won by tech fall over Carson Bell (PCMS), 15-0

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Quarterfinal – Kavan Wilson (Smoky Mountain Middle) won by fall over Brinson Ashworth (PCMS) (Fall 0:37)
Cons. Round 1 – Ryat Wenzel (Flat Rock Middle) won by fall over Brinson Ashworth (PCMS) (Fall 0:26)

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Quarterfinal – Topher Pearson (PCMS) won by medical forfeit over Trent Decker (Waynesville Middle)
Semifinal – Topher Pearson (PCMS) won by decision over Seth Eden (Apple Valley Middle), 4-1
1st Place Match – Topher Pearson (PCMS) won by fall over Jonathan Chapman (Canton Middle) (Fall 3:14)

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Quarterfinal – Cameron King (Canton Middle) won by fall over Shatter Johnson (PCMS) (Fall 0:53)
Cons. Round 1 – CJ Brown (Smoky Mountain Middle) won by fall over Shatter Johnson (PCMS) (Fall 2:36)

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Quarterfinal – Jacob Ed (PCMS) won by decision over Tytus Bridges (Canton Middle), 3-2
Semifinal – Jacob Ed (PCMS) won by major decision over Diego Castro (Rugby Middle), 10-0
1st Place Match – Kevin Benjamin (Apple Valley Middle) won by major decision over Jacob Ed (PCMS), 13-4

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Quarterfinal – David Benjamin (Apple Valley Middle) won by fall over Chris Wilmoth (PCMS) (Fall 2:23)
Cons. Round 1 – Avery Carpenter (Macon Middle) won by decision over Chris Wilmoth (PCMS), 6-4

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Quarterfinal – John Wright (PCMS) won by fall over Charlie Greer (Madison Middle) (Fall 2:04)
Semifinal – John Wright (PCMS) won by decision over Chad Baird (Apple Valley Middle), 4-3
1st Place Match – Nathan Lance (Brevard Middle) won by fall over John Wright (PCMS) (Fall 0:54)

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Quarterfinal – Charlie Jackson (PCMS) won by fall over Elijah Eubanks (Brevard Middle) (Fall 6:53)
Semifinal – Bryce Allison (Flat Rock Middle) won by fall over Charlie Jackson (PCMS) (Fall 0:50)
Cons. Semi – Charlie Jackson (PCMS) 1won by decision over Conan McClure (Waynesville Middle), 16-9
3rd Place Match – Elijah Eubanks (Brevard Middle) won by fall over Charlie Jackson (PCMS) (Fall 0:00)

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Quarterfinal – Luke Miller (PCMS) won by fall over Josh McGaha (Macon Middle) (Fall 4:52)
Semifinal – Luke Miller (PCMS) won by fall over John Viesseiman (Bethel Middle) (Fall 2:17)
1st Place Match – Reece Meadows (Apple Valley Middle) won by fall over Luke Miller (PCMS) (Fall 1:36)

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Quarterfinal – Jon Frazier (Waynesville Middle) won by decision over Kole Powell (PCMS), 9-6
Cons. Round 1 – Kole Powell (PCMS) won by fall over Maverick Waldrop (Macon Middle) (Fall 0:19)
Cons. Semi – Kole Powell (PCMS) won by fall over Bryan Valdez (Rugby Middle) (Fall 3:00)
3rd Place Match – Blake Ritchey (Flat Rock Middle) won by major decision over Kole Powell (PCMS), 8-0

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Quarterfinal – Garrett Jackson (Apple Valley Middle) won by fall over Conner Cantwell (PCMS) (Fall 0:31)
Cons. Round 1 – Avery Thompson (Flat Rock Middle) won by decision over Conner Cantwell (PCMS), 3-0

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Quarterfinal – Conner Davis (PCMS) won by fall over Travandy Olmos (Rugby Middle) (Fall 2:47)
Semifinal – Conner Davis (PCMS) won by fall over Kayden Davis (Madison Middle) (Fall 0:41)
1st Place Match – Ray Laney (Brevard Middle) won by decision over Conner Davis (PCMS), 6-5

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