Wolverine wrestlers deliver solid season debut

Polk County opened its wrestling season Tuesday with a resounding win, narrow loss and a Help Wanted sign.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing some 220, 250-pound big guys walking in,” said Wolverine head coach Scott Taylor. “That would really help. We had to wrestle a few guys up a weight class.”

That shuffling in the upper weights did little to spoil a good evening for Polk, which defeated Rosman 54-18 before falling 48-30 to Pisgah in the nightcap of the tri-meet. Pisgah topped Rosman 66-18 in the night’s other matchup.

The Wolverines have a handful of seniors mingled with some newcomers to the program, and the experience certainly paid off in both matches. Seniors Satchel McCoy, Bryson McCraw, Collier Foster and Jacob Knighton each won both of their matches, with fellow seniors Tori Strickland and Deaken Nodine each picking up a win.

Freshman Shatter Johnson, meanwhile, posted two victories, including a thrilling 7-6 decision over Pisgah’s Tyson Silver.

“We’ve got some seniors this year, which a a bit different from last season,” Taylor said. “That’s going to help a lot with leadership. We’ve also got some new guys who were able to step up.

“Pisgah is always tough, but we want those competitive, tough matches. I think we did a lot of things well. There’s definitely room for improvement, but I’m already seeing improvement since Day One. We’re getting better every day.”

Polk County wrestlers will travel Saturday to the Maroon Devil Invitational at Swain High School.

Polk County freshman Shatter Johnson opened his career with two wins during Tuesday’s tri-match

Polk County 54, Rosman 18
106: Tori Strickland (PC) p. Nadia Revis
113: Kreed Smith (R) p. Carter Wade
120: Brandon Ropp (R) p. Bryson Rickman
126: Satchel McCoy (PC) p. William Cole
132: Shatter Johnson (PC) p. Wyatt Owens
138: Double forfeit
145: Collier Foster (PC) by forfeit
152: Deaken Nodine (PC) p. Hunter Cloutier
160: Bryson McCraw (PC) p. Jimmy Enriquez
170: Logan Rhodes (PC) p. Quintin Forbes
182: Jacob Knighton (PC) by forfeit
195: John Wright (PC) p. Jaden Sheffield
220: Jeshua Whitted (R) p. Chris Wilmoth
HWT: Double forfeit

Pisgah 48, Polk County 30
106: Kane Bryson (P) p. Banks Barber
113: Greyson Reece (P) p. Carter Wade
120: Bryson Rickman (PC) p. Turner Robb
126: Satchel McCoy (PC) p. Eli Glavich
132: Shatter Johnson (PC) d. Tyson Silver, 7-6
138: Collier Foster (PC) p. Jonathan Chapman
145: Xander Hill (P) p. Brayden Gartzman
152: Bryson McCraw (PC) d. Cameron King, 10-9
160: Jason McClellan (P) p. Deaken Nodine
170: Jacob Knighton (PC) p. Armando Basulto
182: Alex Almaraz (P) p. John Wright
195: Tytus Bridges (P) p. Dakota Ridings
220: Noah Sepulveda (P) p. Chris Wilmoth
HWT: Eli Frizzell (P) by forfeit

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