Polk County Middle's Acer Eadus gains the upper hand Monday in his 138-pound match

Quick start – and finishes – power Polk Middle past Hendersonville Middle

Eighteen seconds into Monday’s wrestling match at Polk County Middle and the Wolverines already held a lead.

Quick pins proved a trend.

Silas Amorelli’s lightning-fast victory to open the afternoon set the tone for Polk Middle, which rolled past Hendersonville Middle 78-30 in a Blue Ridge Conference wrestling matchup that also served as the Wolverines’ home debut.

Polk Middle (6-0) raced to a 36-0 advantage, with five of the six wins decided by first-period falls. The other, Liam Jackson’s victory at 90 pounds, ended on a pin early in the second period.

“Obviously, to win quickly, that can be demoralizing for the opponent,” said Polk Middle head coach Jerry Cox. “And to get those in a row, if I’m going out and two people before me get one, it’s like an extra adrenaline rush.”

The Wolverines also reeled off five consecutive match wins from 138 to 170 pounds. For three of those wrestlers – Zach McCraw, Styler Blackwell and Sawyer Huff – the victories kept their records perfect for the season.

“The section I could point out, 50, 60 and 70, we haven’t lost all year,” Cox said. “6-0 each, so 18-0. When you can have three kids, Zach, Styler and Sawyer, back-to-back-to-back, it helps out a lot.”

The win also continued Polk Middle’s quest to repeat as BRC East Division champions. The Wolverines are tied with Flat Rock, pending results of the Eagles’ match on Monday against Brevard, and have a home match Thursday with Flat Rock that could give Polk sole possession of the East Division lead.

Rugby and Brevard will also challenge in what should be another very competitive East race.

Cox knows the road ahead will be a difficult one, but is pleased with what he’s seen from his squad thus far.

“Obviously, starting off 6-0 and 2-0 in the division is huge for us,” Cox said. “We’re having a lot of fun and the kids are having a lot of fun. They’re buying into the program.”

Polk Middle’s Zach McCraw begins to take his opponent to the mat and maintain his unbeaten record at 152 pounds during Monday’s match

POLK COUNTY MIDDLE 78, HENDERSONVILLE MIDDLE 30
76: Silas Amorelli (PC) p. Rainey
83: Gavin Waldbillig (PC) p. Martinsen
90: Liam Jackson (PC) p. Houston
98: Efrain Rivera (PC) p. Summey
106: Jaxtyn Virgil (PC) p. Novals
113: Brody Wolfe (PC) p. Gonzalez
120: Ellis (H) p. John Quoyle
126: Connor Ahlert (PC) p. McGrade
132: Palmer (H) p. Callum Eadus
138: Acer Eadus (PC) p. St. Clair
145: Chester Wilson (PC) p. Wood
152: Zach McCraw (PC) p. Maximow
160: Styler Blackwell (PC) p. Henderson
170: Sawyer Huff (PC) p. Davilla
182: Elkins (H) p. Henry Wright
195: Page (H) by forfeit
220: Talon Ramsey (PC) p. Westbrook
HWT: Fankhauser (H) by forfeit