Wolverine wrestlers sweep Mountain Heritage, Rosman to secure winning season

No better away to end a regular season than with a winning streak, especially for a first-year coach looking to grow a program.

Polk County’s wrestling squad closed its season on Tuesday with a home sweep of Mountain Heritage and Rosman, defeating the Cougars 42-30 in a Western Highlands Conference match and the Tigers 46-27 in a non-conference matchup.

The victories gave the Wolverines and head coach Scott Taylor a 12-10 record, including a 6-3 mark in WHC matches. Both of those marks, teamed with a four-match winning run to end the year, gave Taylor plenty of reason to smile at night’s end.

“This is still a young team and we’re still learning,” Taylor said. “But we’re doing the right things and we’re getting better.

“We’ve had kids who’ve been winning all year, but what we’ve seen in the last part of the season is that kids who were not putting points up are now putting points up. I can see the progress happening. We’re doing well.”

Polk County got key wins from Deaken Nodine in both matches, with Nodine wrestling at both 145 and 152 pounds. The nightcap featured one of the best matches of the evening, Jacob Knighton’s 14-6 major decision over Rosman’s Nicolas Mariani, an entertaining match that had fans of both wrestlers on their feet cheering.

The Wolverines now turn their attention to Thursday’s Western Highlands Conference tournament at Madison. Taylor is looking forward to the event.

“I feel like we’re in good shape for the conference tournament,” he said. “We’ve got some high-seeded kids and we should get some kids in the finals. Hopefully we can go up there and do well.”

POLK COUNTY 42, MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 30
106: Tori Strickland (PC) by forfeit
113: Saxton Tickle (PC) by forfeit
120: Bryson Rickman (PC) p. Shaylee Byrd
126: Satchel McCoy (PC) p. Phoenix Presnell
132: Tucker Fox (MH) by forfeit
138: Collier Foster (PC) by forfeit
145: Deaken Nodine (PC) d. Shane Riddle, 11-6
152: Jesse Lopez (MH) d. Nathan Foster, 2-0
160: Bryson McCraw (PC) d. Dalton McIntosh, 6-3
170: Coltin Ray (MH) p. Logan Rhodes
182: Jacob Knighton (PC) by forfeit
195: Oliver Hughes (MH) p. Charlie Jackson
220: Double forfeit
HWT: Michael Woodard (MH) by forfeit

POLK COUNTY 46, ROSMAN 27
106: Tori Strickland (PC) by forfeit
113: Saxton Tickle (PC) by forfeit
120: Brandon Ropp (R) p. Bryson Rickman
126: Satchel McCoy (PC) by forfeit
132: Will Cole (R) by forfeit
138: Cole Combs (R) d. Collier Foster, 5-2
145: Nathan Foster (PC) by forfeit
152: Deaken Nodine (PC) p. William Chance
160: Bryson McCraw (PC) by forfeit
170: Jayden Sheffield (R) p, Logan Rhodes
182: Jacob Knighton (PC) maj. dec. Nicolas Mariani, 14-6
195: Jeshua Whited (R) by forfeit
220: Charlie Jackson (PC) by forfeit
HWT: Double forfeit