Perhaps has no wrestling squad been more happy to see the postseason arrive than Polk County.
A season that began with a lack of depth turned into a campaign filled with sickness, injuries and assorted other maladies. The Wolverines finished the year with one dual-match victory, that coming in November on the first night of the season.
Polk County heads into Friday’s Western Highlands Conference tournament with no thoughts of winning the event’s team title. But head coach Phillip Miller is optimistic that some of the five Wolverines who will compete at Madison can return home with a medal.
That would make for a bright spot in what’s been a very long and frustrating season.
“We haven’t experienced anything like this here in a long time,” Miller said. “It’s been one thing after another.”
Of the five wrestlers who will compete Friday, Miller said Triston Watkins, Braden Miller and senior Dustin Calvert have the best chance to finish in the top three in their weight class. For Calvert, the tourney will be his first action in several weeks after suffering an ankle injury.
“Dustin has been through a lot,” Miller said. “He might be the unluckiest kid in the world. But he’s shown up and worked hard, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Gabe Lail and Chase Underwood are the other healthy Polk wrestlers who will make the trip to Madison and hope to break into the top three.
“The kids have been trying to do the best they can do for themselves,” Miller said “They go out and work hard, and that’s all we can do at this point.”