As season debuts go, Polk County wrestling coach Adam Dedmon couldn’t have asked for a much better one Wednesday.
The Wolverines swept their opening tri-match with Chase and East Rutherford, defeating the Trojans 48-12 and the Cavaliers 48-30 before a fairly large home crowd.
Both Polk and Chase are still involved in football playoffs and missing team members – Dedmon estimates he’ll pick up 10-12 more wrestlers, including 2018-19 state qualifier Trey Thompson – but East Rutherford had nearly its full team available. That made that win just a bit more meaningful for the Wolverines.
“We had nine wrestlers go out and we won on the mat. We won wrestling,” Dedmon said. “The improvement we’ve shown on the past year is awesome. They worked their tails off over the summer and continue to get better.”
A handful of Polk wrestlers – Collier Foster, Satchel McCoy, Preston Burnett, Brennan Worthington, Bryson McCraw, Bryan Tuffill and Nathan Ruff – were victorious in both matches as first-period pins were the order of the evening. The strong showing boosted Dedmon’s hopes for the season.
“I’m eager to get those kids out,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll do really well. I think we have a shot at filling all the weight classes once football wraps up, hopefully with a state championship.
“We’re getting to be a team and building up our team camaraderie. We’re starting to be a family on the wrestling team.”
The Wolverines are scheduled to take part in Saturday’s East Rutherford Invitational, then will be back in action on Wednesday at the North Henderson Invitational before returning home on Dec. 4 to face Owen and East Rutherford.
Polk County 48, Chase 12
106 – Brandon Huaroco (C) p. Tori Strickland; 113 – double forfeit; 120 – Collier Foster (PC) p. Ethan Salazar; 126 – Hunter Dover (C) p. Hector Olivares; 132 – Satchel McCoy (PC) p. Bryan Sixtos; 138 – Preston Burnett (PC) by forfeit; 145 – Malakye Chavez (PC) p. Dylan Greene; 152 – Brennan Worthington (PC) p. Charles Head; 160 – Bryson McCraw (PC) by forfeit; 170 – double forfeit; 182 – Bryan Tuffill (PC) p. Bryce Elliott; 195 – Nathan Ruff (PC) p. Preston Campfield; 220 – double forfeit; 285 – double forfeit
Polk County 48, East Rutherford 30
106 – Tori Strickland (PC) by forfeit; 113 – double forfeit; 120 – Collier Foster (PC) p. Elvis Cabrera; 126 – Clayton Wright (ER) p. Hector Olivares; 132 – Satchel McCoy (PC) p. Ray Chino; 138 – Preston Burnett (PC) p. Denzel Lowrance; 145 – Brennan Worthington (PC) p. Allan Lopez; 152 – Joseph Scoggins (ER) by forfeit; 160 – Bryson McCraw (PC) p. Isaiah Tapp; 170 – Kevin Whitley (ER) by forfeit; 182 – Nesean Robinson (ER) by forfeit; 195 – Bryan Tuffill (PC) p. Angelina Mathis; 220 – Nathan Ruff (PC) p. Jay Twitty; 285 – Sam Hopkins (ER) by forfeit