Tiebreaker favors Mountain Heritage in Wolverines’ season finale

Polk County lost a tie Tuesday night, which is in line with how the Wolverines’ luck has run lately.

On a night during which Polk honored its three seniors, the Wolverines battled to a 42-42 home tie with Mountain Heritage in the final match of the regular season.

That sent everyone to the rule book, which finally decided the match on the sixth tiebreaker listed – “The team giving up the least number of forfeits.” Mountain Heritage forfeited one class, Polk had three forfeits and thus the Cougars won the Western Highlands Conference match 43-42, criterion f.

That tiebreaker was just added to the rule book prior to this season.

“We’ve got two or three kids injured,” said Polk County head coach Adam Dedmon, himself sporting a left wrist wrapped in a cast after recent surgery. “We just keep on doing what we can with what we’ve got.

“We have to give up 18 points in forfeits, and it’s hard to win a match. That’s the criterion we lost on tonight, the team with the most forfeits.”

Two of the team’s three seniors, Preston Burnett and Trey Thompson, each won their matches by pin as Polk County won more matches on the mat than Mountain Heritage. The third senior, Brennan Worthington, is among the injured.

Tori Strickland won via forfeit, with Collier Foster, Satchel McCoy, Jacob Knighton and Gage McSwain winning their matches by pins.

McSwain had perhaps the most entertaining match of the evening, as he nearly recorded falls at the end of both the first and second periods. Finally, early in the third period, he took down Rocky Penland.

The regular season complete, Polk County (16-14, 0-5) will now turn its attention to Thursday’s WHC Tournament at Mitchell. Though individual titles will be the goal, Dedmon thinks Polk can deliver a strong showing in the team race.

“We haven’t had the best of luck lately with injuries, but those guys are healing up and hopefully we can get them back for the conference tournament and the regional tournament,” he said.

“I feel like we’ve got a decent shot at finishing in the top two or three in the conference (tournament). We’ll come in (Wednesday) and get ready for that.”

Polk County senior Trey Thompson, right, battles with Mountain Heritage’s Alan Penland during their 195-pound match.

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