Two matches into Monday’s wrestling encounter at Polk County Middle and the Wolverines found themselves in an unaccustomed position – trailing.
That didn’t last long.
The Wolverines rebounded with four straight match wins, then relied on their strength in the middle weights to hand Brevard Middle a 72-33 defeat in a Blue Ridge Conference match.
The win lifted Polk Middle to an 8-0 overall record and 4-0 in BRC East Division matches. The Wolverines close the first half of their East schedule on Thursday at Rugby Middle in what is expected to be Polk’s toughest division challenge to date.
With Polk down 11-0 early Monday, Liam Jackson began the Wolverines’ surge with a pin at 90 pounds. Efrain Rivera, Jaxtyn Virgil and Brody Wolfe did the same in the ensuing three matches to give the Wolverines a 24-11 edge.
Evan McCraw and Isaiah Staley provided wins by fall and Chester Wilson earned a forfeit at 145 pounds before Polk’s undefeated trio – Zach McCraw, Styler Blackwell and Sawyer Huff – each won their matches to assure the Wolverines’ team win.
Johnathan Sokil received a forfeit at 195 pounds and Talon Ramsey scored a pin at 220 pounds to complete the day for the Wolverines.
76: Jake Trowbridge (B) tech. fall Silas Amorelli
83: DeVante Gash (B) p. Gavin Waldbillig
90: Liam Jackson (PC) p. Hudson Ramero
98: Efrain Rivera (PC) p. Calvin Russell
106: Jaxtyn Virgil (PC) p. Kia Emaus
113: Brody Wolfe (PC) p. Zeke Queen
120: Tristan Cison (B) d. Conner Ahlert, 11-4
126: Evan McCraw (PC) p. Malie Turner
132: Isaiah Staley (PC) p. Grayson Parker
138: Brayton Perry (B) p. Acer Eadus
145: Chester Wilson (PC) by forfeit
152: Zach McCraw (PC) p. Austrn Cantrell
160: Styler Blackwell (PC) by forfeit
170: Jeremy Reyhaldo (B) p. Henry Wright
182: Sawyer Huff (PC) p. Tucker Miner
195: Johnathan Sokil (PC) by forfeit
220: Talon Ramsey (PC) p. Owen McCall
HWT: Willie Baron (B) by forfeit