Wolverines battle regional field at Smoky Mountain Grapple

A handful of Polk County wrestlers matched holds with some of the best wrestlers in four states at the Smoky Mountain Grapple, held Friday and Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center.

More than 30 teams from North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia took part in the two-day competition, which included separate competitions for boys varsity, boys junior varsity and girls varsity.

Polk’s Collier Foster, Jacob Knighton, Gage McSwain and Tori Strickland each won two matches at the Grapple.

West Henderson edged out Chapin (S.C.) to win the team championship, with Enka, Brookwood (Ga.) and Pisgah rounding out the top five.

Polk County is slated to be back in action on Dec. 28, traveling to Lincolnton to take part in the Reindeer Rumble dual meet tournament.


Champ. Round 2 – Rowe Cyrus (Chapin) 11-9 p. Collier Foster
Cons. Round 3 – Collier Foster (PC) d. Ivan Gonzalez (Brookwood), 13-7
Cons. Round 4 – Collier Foster (PC) won by forfeit over Zack Morrow (Madison)
Cons. Round 5 – Andon Hawkins (Locust Grove) p. Collier Foster

Champ. Round 2 – Gio Demetrikopoulos (Science Hill) p. Satchel McCoy
Cons. Round 3 – Satchel McCoy (PC) p. Jose Ortiz (T.C. Roberson)
Cons. Round 4 – Ethan Robinson (North Buncombe) 14-9 p. Satchel McCoy

Champ. Round 2 – Canton Hinson (Locust Grove) p. Brennan Worthington
Cons. Round 2 – Brennan Worthington (PC) 15-7 d. Elijah O`Connell (Asheville), 9-4
Cons. Round 3 – Ethan Clark (Newton Conover) d. Brennan Worthington, 5-3

Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Knighton (PC) 10-8 p. Thomas Hoffman (Hendersonville)
Champ. Round 2 – Joseph Frye (Science Hill) 26-4 p. Jacob Knighton
Cons. Round 2 – Jacob Knighton (PC) 10-8 won in sudden victory – 1 over Darius Saunooke (Cherokee), SV-1 4-2
Cons. Round 3 – Quadelen Midgette (Dorman) p. Jacob Knighton

Champ. Round 1 – Bobby Brown (Brevard) 3-2 d. Gage McSwain, 4-3
Cons. Round 2 – Gage McSwain (PC) p. Jake Amerman (Locust Grove)
Cons. Round 3 – Gage McSwain (PC) d. Jesse Barrier (McDowell), 18-12
Cons. Round 4 – Cole Clark (Newton Conover) 25-5 d. Gage McSwain, 6-4

Junior Varsity

Champ. Round 1 – Ahmad Shakir Abdul-Kareem (Brookwood) p. Deacon Nodine
Cons. Round 1 – Aaron Capps (Mauldin) d. Deacon Nodine, 7-2

Champ. Round 2 – Gabriel Garduno (Brookwood) p. Bryson McCraw
Cons. Round 3 – Yosiah Murray (Mauldin) d. Bryson McCraw, 10-8


Champ. Round 1 – Tori Strickland (PC) p. Angelina Kulczewski (Hoke County)
Quarterfinal – Tynighia Lillard (Swain) p. Tori Strickland
Cons. Round 2 – Tori Strickland (PC) p. Caitlin Price (Tuscola)
Cons. Round 3 – Ella Rimer (Science Hill) p. Tori Strickland

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