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Zac Freeman won his bout by pin in Avery’s dual meet victory last week against the Bearcats. Photo by Jamie Shell



Originally published: 2013-02-06 14:38:12
Last modified: 2013-02-06 14:38:12

Vikings wrestling earns road dual meet win at Hendersonville

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Avery wrestling picked up a key victory in its quest to earn a top-three finish in the regular season Western Highlands Conference standings, earning a 45-34 win to capture its sixteenth victory of the year. Avery’s scheduled match on Friday, Feb. 1, at home against Polk County was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for earlier this week. The Big Red will clinch third place in the conference with a Senior Night victory in its regular season finale.

The victory against Hendersonville was sparked by a number of impressive individual performances.

Freshman Will Jordan earned a pinfall victory against Joseph Bowen in a 106-pound bout, while teammate Preston Childress picked up a win by pinfall against Hendersonville’s Cashbert Martin at 126 pounds. Harley Rash defeated Hendersonville’s Brad Schweikert by injury forfeit. Zac Freeman pinned HHS’s Victor Ponce at 145 pounds. Ryan Shepherd earned a 6-4 decision win against Hendersonville’s Charlie Bosshard at 195 pounds, while Blake Johnson pinned HHS wrestler Jesus Perez at 285 pounds.

Avery grapplers Chris Clark (132 pounds) and Josh Gragg (152 pounds) also earned victories by forfeit.

“It was great win for our team. It took entire team effort to get this win. I knew it would be close and bonus points were huge for us,” Avery head wrestling coach Derrick Calloway said. “We had to get pins in key weights and not get pinned in others. We are young, but I believe we have improved by leaps and bounds this season. Being able to win on the road against a team that had beat us the last few years, we showed a lot of poise.”

The Vikings are scheduled to wrestle in the Western Highlands Conference Wrestling Tournament at 4 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 8, at Mitchell High School in Ledger.

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