Polk County's Banks Barber won his match Wednesday at 120 pounds, defeating North Henderson's Alborz Gharibpour

Polk County’s wrestling team battled one of the top programs in Western North Carolina to the end Wednesday, dropping a 43-36 decision at North Henderson.

The Knights are ranked among the top 3A teams in the state at present by many, but the Wolverines held their own, with three forfeits ultimately making a key difference in the final outcome.

Polk County got wins by pin from Tori Strickland, Banks Barber, Collier Foster, Shatter Johnson, Jaydyn Virgil and John Wright.

The Wolverines will take part beginning Friday in the two-day Great Smoky Mountains Grapple at Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville. A number of top teams from throughout the Southeast are expected to compete in the event, which will include boys varsity, girls varsity and boys junior varsity divisions.

106: Tori Strickland (PC) p. Liliana Zapote
113: Seth Eden (NH) p. Carter Wade
120: Banks Barber (PC) p. Alborz Gharibpour
126: Peyton Fincher (NH) maj. dec. Satchel McCoy, 19-5
132: Curtis Carver (NH) p. Adison Broyles
138: Collier Foster (PC) p. Daniel Figueroa
145: Shatter Johnson (PC) p. Javi Johnson
152: Ulises Vega DelaMora (NH) d. Bryson McCraw, 7-1
160: Enrique Ibarra (NH) p. Deaken Nodine
170: Jaime Vega De La Mora (NH) by forfeit
182: Jaydyn Virgil (PC) p. Chico Vega
195: John Wright (PC) p. Felix Montiel
220: Reese Meadows (NH) by forfeit
285: Jose Rios (NH) by forfeit