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Polk County's Bryce Thompson took top honors in the 145-pound JV class at the Great Smoky Mountain Grapple

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Thompson wins class to lead Polk effort at Great Smoky Mountain Grapple

Polk County wrestlers squared off against some of the top wrestlers from three states during the Great Smoky Mountain Grapple

Polk County wrestlers squared off against some of the top wrestlers from three states during the Great Smoky Mountain Grapple, held Friday and Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.

The competition featured wrestlers from 22 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, competing in both varsity and junior varsity divisions.

Polk County’s Bryce Thompson enjoyed the best performance for the Wolverines, winning the 145-pound class in the junior varsity division. Thompson pinned all four of his opponents to take home the top spot.

Collier Foster scored a fourth-place finish in the 106-pound JV class.

Lane Smith, Brennan Worthington and Preston Burnett each had wins in the varsity competition.

Newton-Conover won the team Grapple title, finishing with 193.5 points to top Cherokee (177), Pisgah (156.5) and Robbinsville (149).

The Wolverines are scheduled to return to the mat on January 3, opening Western Highlands Conference competition with a home match against Avery. Matches are slated to begin at 6 p.m.

126
Championship
Tobias Finn (McDowell) d. Preston Burnett, 13-9
Consolation
Preston Burnett p. Zaid Miller (Travelers Rest)
Kade Johnson (Cherokee) p. Preston Burnett

132
Championship
Brennan Worthington p. Calvin Stevenson (McDowell)
Heath Gonyer (Northern Guilford) p. Brennan Worthington
Consolation
Toby Foster (Travelers Rest) maj. dec. Brennan Worthington, 16-5

152
Championship
Lane Mease (Pisgah) p. Kaden Jobe
Consolation
Kamron McGuire (Robbinsville) p. Kaden Jobe

182
Championship
Austin Andrews (A.C. Reynolds) p. Trey Thompson
Consolation
James Matheny (Cherokee) p. Trey Thompson

195
Championship
Lane Smith p. Tristin Fortner (Erwin)
Eli Weatherby (Cherokee) 27-5 p. Lane Smith
Consolation
Vasili Paulk (Asheville) maj. dec. Lane Smith, 14-3

220
Championship
Hunter Dixon (Chapin) p. Carlos Sedano
Consolation
Carlos Sedano d. Otis Walton-Thach (Asheville), 10-8
Samuel Shook (Mitchell) p. Carlos Sedano

285
Championship
Clemente Rosales (Dorman) p. Orlando Baltazar
Consolation
Orlando Baltazar won by medical forfeit over Nathan Caldwell (Chapin)
Orlando Baltazar won by medical forfeit over Tyler Brooks (Mitchell)
Joshua Simmons (T.C. Roberson) p. Orlando Baltazar

JV
106
Championship
Tori Strickland p. Danny Nguyen (Trinity)
Collier Foster p. Brendan Poeta (Hendersonville)
Cody Eplee (West Henderson) p. Tori Strickland
Christian Riley (West Henderson) p. Collier Foster
Consolation
Brendan Poeta (Hendersonville) p. Tori Strickland
Collier Foster p. Danny Nguyen (Trinity)
Collier Foster p. Logn May (Trinity)
Collier Foster p. Cody Eplee (West Henderson)
3rd Place Match – Glennin Hansen (North Henderson) d. Collier Foster, 11-4

113
Championship
Kevin Stafford (Trinity) p. Austin Lindsey
Consolation
Cayden Coggins (Hendersonville) p. Austin Lindsey
Ethan Taylor (Science Hill) p. Austin Lindsey
Brennen Sluder (North Buncombe) p. Austin Lindsey

120
Championship
Deacon Nodine p. Mickey Allen (West Henderson)
Robert Cleto (North Henderson) p. Deacon Nodine
Consolation
Marissa Connelly (West Henderson)p. Deacon Nodine

126
Championship
Owen Hendricks (Dorman) tech. fall Satchel McCoy, 17-2
Consolation
Satchel McCoy p. Ethan Banks (North Buncombe)
Javier Rodriquez (Dorman) maj. dec. Satchel McCoy, 10-2

138
Championship
Conner Vance (Mitchell) p. Malakye Chavez
Bryson McCraw d. Jorge Almaraz (Pisgah), 10-5
Douglas Brown (West Henderson) p. Bryson McCraw
Consolation
Bryson McCraw tech. fall over Malakye Chavez, 17-2
Bryson McCraw p. Zachary Carpenter (Mitchell)
Thomas Hoffman (Hendersonville) p. Bryson McCraw

145
Champioship
Sage Buckel (Robbinsville) maj. dec. Jacob Knighton, 15-2
Bryce Thompson p. Angle West (Mitchell)
Bryce Thompson p. Adan Overby (Trinity)
Bryce Thompson p. David Queen (Pisgah)
1st Place Match – Bryce Thompson p. Elisha Adams (Science Hill)
Consolation
Jacob Knighton p. Angle West (Mitchell)
Jacob Knighton (Polk County) p. Danny Lemaster (Mountain Heritage)
Quadelen Midgette (Dorman) p. Jacob Knighton

152
Championship

Cameron Schofield (Mitchell) p. Cody Dimsdale

285
Championship
Sam Rosales (Dorman) p. Harrison Waddell
Consolation
Edwin Ortiz (Dorman) p. Harrison Waddell

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