Adam Dedmon couldn’t help but smile.
Wednesday provided signs that the sport of wrestling is making a resurgence in Polk County. The future of the high school program looks bright as Polk County Middle earned its first win in almost five years and the newly-formed Wolverine Wrestling Club took to the mat at PCHS, prior to the Wolverines’ scheduled matches, with the young wrestlers competing against members of the 828 Wrestling Club.
And though Polk County’s night ended in a 36-36 tie with East Rutherford, the Wolverines losing on criteria (most falls), and a 48-33 setback against Hendersonville, none of that could stop Dedmon, in his first year at Polk County, from wearing an optimistic grin.
“Though we were giving up four or five weight classes, I thought we wrestled great when we had matches,” Dedmon said. “We’re improving day by day. We’ve got a lot of young kids, and they’re learning the system and continuing every day to get better.”
Polk County wrestled without some 8-10 athletes who will eventually join the team, those still part of the Wolverines’ football squad. Those who did compete Wednesday battled in every match.
Preston Burnett and Brennan Worthington each won two matches on the night to lead the Polk effort. Dedmon was especially pleased with the performance of three middleweights – Worthington, Bryce Thompson and Trevor Thompson – in the Hendersonville effort.
“We moved all of those kids up a weight class,” Dedmon said. “It was good to see them have the mentality to bump up a weight class and still get a win.
“With our football kids, we’d had a decent chance to win both matches. But it is what it is and those are the cards we’re dealt right now. We gave up 30 points and I thought we still held our own.”
The Wolverines are scheduled to compete this weekend in the Falcon Frenzy tournament at West Henderson.
East Rutheford 36, Polk County 36
113: Collier Foster (PC) p. Sean Champion
120: Double forfeit
126: Double forfeit
132: Preston Barnett (PC) p. Joseph Scoggins
138: Brennan Worthington (PC) p. Alan Lopez
145: Bryce Thompson (PC) by forfeit
152: Taylor Thorn (ER) p. Cody Dimsdale
160: Kaden Jobe (PC) by forfeit
170: Cameron Holley (ER) p. Trevor Thompson
182: Randy Stuart (ER) by forfeit
195: Jesse Sutphin (ER) p. Kiel Kerskand
220: Scott Strange (ER) p. Lane Smith
285: Samuel Hopkins (ER) p. Orlando Baltazar
106: Tori Strickland (PC) by forfeit
Hendersonville 48, Polk County 33
120: JaJuan Givens (H) by forfeit
126: Preston Barnett (PC) dec. Talon Johnson, 8-4
132: Vernon Robertson (H) by forfeit
138: Brennan Worthington (PC) p. Thomas Hoffman, 3:13
145: Kenneth Bryson (H) p. Avery Mott, 2:35
152: Bryce Thompson (PC) p. Everett Forehand, 1:49
160: Kaden Jobe (PC) p. Noah Jennings, 0:47
170: Trevor Thompson (PC) p. Gabriel Massey, 1:56
182: Anthony Carcamo (H) by forfeit
195: Austin Hudson (H) over Kiel Kerskand, 0:23
220: Thaddeus Blackwell (H) over Lane Smith, 0;59
285: Bryce Naylor (H) over Orlando Baltazar, 0:25
106: Collier Foster (PC) by forfeit
113: Brendan Poeta (H) p. Tori Strickland, 3:51