Polk Middle's Chester Wilson has helped lead the Wolverines to their 5-0 start

Jerry Cox is understandably proud of much concerning Polk County Middle’s wrestling program, including the bevy of recent wins and championships.

On Thursday, though, he found a new source of pride in the four losses that the Wolverines recorded.

Not that Cox ever wants to see any of his wrestlers fall. But in Thursday’s 72-18 victory at Apple Valley, those who did suffered a loss by decision – no major decision, no technical fall and no pin.

In the world of middle school wrestling, where most matches typically do end in pins, that latter stat is quite remarkable.

“These kids are hungry to earn their place,” Cox said. “We lost five weight classes, one was a forfeit, the other four we lost via points. It’s really special to see kids fight to not get pinned.”

Polk Middle won 12 matches by pin to cap a week in which the Wolverines also recorded an 84-14 victory at Smoky Mountain Middle. The two wins improve Polk’s record to 5-0.

The Wolverines are back in action on Monday, returninig home to host Hendersonville Middle for a 4:30 p.m. match.

POLK MIDDLE 72, APPLE VALLEY 18
76: Silas Amorelli (PC) p. Newcomer
83: Josh Jarrett (PC) d. Honeycutt, 10-3
90: Cameron Cole (PC) p. Alvarez
98: Benji Ballenger (PC) by forfeit
106: Liam Jackson (PC) p. Robles
113: Morgan (AV) d. Gavin Waldbillig, 6-0
120: Baird (AV) d. Gordon Threlfall, 5-2
126: Matthew Jarrett (PC) p. Anderson
132: Jayvin Clark (PC) d. Villaranga, 7-0
138: Andy Serrano (PC) p. Vzay
145: Isaiah Staley (PC) p. Hickey
152: Danny Bradley (PC) by forfeit
160: Chester Wilson (PC) p. Webster
170: Cates (AV) d. Callum Eadus, 9-6
182: Acer Eadus (PC) p. Lopez
195: Sam Rhein (PC) p. Sluzzes
220: Jrd (AV) d. Hudson Hyde, 4-0
250: Thompson (AV) by forfeit

POLK MIDDLE 84, SMOKY MOUNTAIN MIDDLE 14
76: Silas Amorelli (PC) by forfeit
83: Josh Jarrett (PC) p. n/a
90: Jared Contreras-Aguilera (PC) by forfeit
98: Cole Huntley (PC) p. Weaver
106: Gavin Waldbillig (PC) p. Haskett
113: Franks (SM) p. Trenholm McMinn
120: Jodi (SM) maj. dec. Gordon Threlfall, 8-0
126: Matthew Jarrett (PC) p. n/a
132: Jayvin Clark (PC) d. Murray, 11-3
138: Erik Kassel (PC) p. Hollar
145: Isaiah Staley (PC) p. Clare
152: Danny Bradley (PC) by forfeit
160: Callum Eadus (PC) by forfeit
170: Chester Wilson (PC) by forfeit
182: Acer Eadus (PC) by forfeit
195: Sam Rhein (PC) by forfeit
220: Hudson Hyde (PC) p. Levi
250: Double forfeit