Polk County wrestlers racked up six top-four finishes Saturday to lead the Wolverines to a fourth-place finish in the 2022 Big Dog Invitational at Burns High School in Lawndale.
John Wright and Amon Villarreal led Polk’s efforts with second-place showings at 170 and 120 pounds, respectively. Jaydn Virgil and Obed Najera added third-place showings and Carter Wade and Logan Nodine each finished fourth.
Wade and Najera each won three matches during the day.
South Point won the team title, with Smoky Mountain and Burns rounding out the top three in the 11-team field.
Polk County will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting East Henderson, Brevard and Walhalla, N.C. for a quad match beginning at 5 p.m.
2022 Big Dog Invitational
Polk County results
Champ. Round 1 – Kaden Shoup (Burns) p. Carter Wade
Cons. Round 2 – Carter Wade p. Owen Maur (Hickory)
Cons. Round 3 – Carter Wade p. Tristan Truell (Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy)
Cons. Semi – Carter Wade p. Austin Mathis (Chase)
3rd Place Match – Charlie Price (South Point) p. Carter Wade
Quarterfinal – Amon Villarreal (Polk County) won in sudden victory – 1 over Gavin Coggins (Smoky Mountain) (SV-1 5-3)
Semifinal – Amon Villarreal d. John Aguilar Ramirez (Freedom), 10-8
1st Place Match – Nile Teders (South Point) p. Amon Villarreal
Quarterfinal – Carson Bell (Polk County) d. Jacob Parsons (Freedom), 10-7
Semifinal – Chase Wimbish (South Point) p. Carson Bell
Cons. Semi – Isaac Tucker (Burns) 3-1 p. Carson Bell
Quarterfinal – Logan Nodine (Polk County) p. Sai`d Uqdah (Shelby)
Semifinal – Ashton Carter (South Point) p. Logan Nodine
Cons. Semi – Logan Nodine (Polk County) d. Caiden Little (Chase), 9-7
3rd Place Match – Colin Coggins (Smoky Mountain) p. Logan Nodine
Quarterfinal – Lucas Conger (South Point) p. Isaiah Wilmoth (Polk County)
Cons. Round 3 – Ayden Hovis (Hickory) won in sudden victory – 1 over Isaiah Wilmoth (SV-1 6-4)
Quarterfinal – Burke Wilson (Patton) maj. dec. Zalen McCraw (Polk County), 12-4
Cons. Round 3 – Zalen McCraw (Polk County) p. Isaiah Towery (Burns)
Cons. Semi – Alex Rodriguez (Smoky Mountain) p. Zalen McCraw
Quarterfinal – John Wright (Polk County) p. Daniel Lopez (Freedom)
Semifinal – John Wright p. Gage Eubanks (Burns)
1st Place Match – Anthony Ramirez (Patton) 11-3 p. John Wright
Quarterfinal – Jadyn Virgil (Polk County) p. Henry Gould (Hickory)
Semifinal – Ashton Knauf (South Point) d. Jadyn Virgil, 7-2
Cons. Semi – Jadyn Virgil p. Daylon Lemons (Chase)
3rd Place Match – Jadyn Virgil maj. dec. Izreal Wrighton (Shelby), 12-3
Quarterfinal – Obed Najera (Polk County) p. Seth Walker (Chase)
Semifinal – Nicholas Martinez (Hickory) p. Obed Najera
Cons. Semi – Obed Najera p. Armando Andres-Tomas (Freedom)
3rd Place Match – Obed Najera d. Sheldon Jordan (Patton), 13-6
Quarterfinal – Donnie Hebenstreit (Smoky Mountain) p. Kendall McEntyre
Cons. Round 3 – Kendall McEntyre p. Alexander Waring (Mountain Island Charter School)
Cons. Semi – Aaron Lee (Burns) won in the ultimate tie breaker over Kendall McEntyre (UTB 5-4)