Polk County's Efrain Rivera works to defeat Hendersonville's David Summey during Tuesday's match

Polk County entered most of its wrestling matches earlier this season already down six points with no one wrestling in the 190-pound class.

Former coach Jamie Thompson, as he so often does, had an idea how to get that fixed.

“Coach Thompson is really good at recruiting as far as helping me in the hallways,” said current Polk head coach Thomas Hensley. “He’s like, you need to just go recruit a 190.

“I saw Luke Miller in the hallway one day and said, ‘Hey, Luke, come out and wrestle.’ He said, ‘I’ll be there today,’ Just that easy, casual conversation.”

Things seem to be falling into place just like that this season for Polk. Miller went 3-0 during Tuesday’s quad meet held at Polk County Middle School and the Wolverines did the same, defeating Hendersonville (72-9), A.C. Reynolds (72-3) and Forest Hills (72-12) in dominant fashion.

The win over the Bearcats came in Polk County’s Mountain Foothills 7 Conference opener, adding to Hensley’s satisfaction with the evening’s outcomes.

“Giving up 24 points total and then whatever we scored, I’ll take that, for sure,” Hensley said. “To get a good start in the conference obviously means a lot. Hendersonville beat us three times last year. They graudated a lot of talent, but their coaches do a really good job there. It’s always really good to beat them.”

The Wolverines held Alumni Night on Tuesday, inviting former players and coaches to attend the meet and be recognized. Among those present was Forest Hills head coach Joshua Metcalf, who placed second in the 2010 2A state tournament as a Polk County wrestler.

Metcalf and fans got to see the entirety of the Polk County program on display.

“Every single kid got a match tonight, whether it was junior varsity or varsity,” Hensley said.

Polk County will wrap up its pre-Christmas schedule starting Thursday, traveling to Mallard Creek High School to compete in the two-day Elizabeth Barry Memorial Clash at the Creek.

Polk County’s Carson Bell twisted and turned and eventually pinned Hendersonville’s Ezra Wood

POLK COUNTY 72, HENDERSONVILLE 9
106: Efrain Rivera (PC) p. David Summey
113: Alexander May (HEND) p. Brody Wolfe
120: Amon Villarreal (PC) by forfeit
126: Aiden Billings (PC) p. Leland Carroll
132: Ezekiel McGrade (HEND) d. Carter Wade, 7-4
138: Shatter Johnson (PC) by forfeit
144: Carson Bell (PC) p. Ezra Wood
150: Jacob Ed (PC) p. Jake Youngblood
157: Donte Tingling (PC) p. Isaac Henderson
165: Zachary McCraw (PC) by forfeit
175: Zalen McCraw (PC) by forfeit
190: Luke Miller (PC) by forfeit
215: Jadyn Virgil (PC) by forfeit
285: Lucas Johnson (PC) p. Jon Beaver

POLK COUNTY 72, A.C. REYNOLDS 3
113: Brody Wolfe (PC) by forfeit
120: Amon Villarreal (PC) by forfeit
126: Aiden Billings (PC) p. Joshua Thompson
132: Justin Prince (ACR) d. Conner Ahlert, 6-0
138: Shatter Johnson (PC) by forfeit
144: Carson Bell (PC) p. Calvin Cunningham
150: Jacob Ed (PC) by forfeit
157: Donte Tingling (PC) p. Cory Saylor
165: Zachary McCraw (PC) p. Lakoa Opper
175: Zalen McCraw (PC) p. Cayden Graessly
190: Luke Miller (PC) p. Brandon Whittaker
215: Double Forfeit
285: Jadyn Virgil (PC) p. Zakariyyah Lowe
106: Efrain Rivera (PC) p. Brian Mitchell

POLK COUNTY 72, FOREST HILLS 12
120: Amon Villarreal (PC) by forfeit
126: Aiden Billings (PC) by forfeit
132: Ahmir Stafford (FOHI) p. Carter Wade
138: Shatter Johnson (PC) p. n/a
144: Carson Bell (PC) p. n/a
150: Jacob Ed (PC) p. n/a
157: Donte Tingling (PC) p. n/a
165: Zachary McCraw (PC) p. n/a
175: Zalen McCraw (PC) p. n/a
190: Luke Miller (PC) p. n/a
215: Jadyn Virgil (PC) p. n/a
285: Chris Baker (FOHI) p. Lucas Johnson
106: Efrain Rivera (PC) by forfeit
113: Brody Wolfe (PC) by forfeit