Wrestling falls to Owen, rebounds with victory
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The team wrestled a pair of dual meets, falling 46-18 against conference contender Owen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, but bounced back with a dominating performance, routing Thomas Jefferson Academy by a 57-18 dual meet score on Thursday, Jan. 24.
A quartet of Vikings grapplers earned victories in the match against the Warhorses. Preston Childress won by a pin at 126 pounds, Harley Rash won by a 7-2 decision at 132 pounds, Zac Freeman won by a pin at 145 pounds and Harley Foster won by a 12-11 decision at 160 pounds.
“I thought we wrestled competitively. We were in many of the matches,” Avery head wrestling coach Derrick Calloway said. “Many of the matches were decided in the third period, and with experience and mat time, that will continue to improve. I don’t think the score really indicated how close the match was. Owen is a very tough team and physical, but I felt we were in every match and fought hard. We’re never happy with a loss, but considering our youth, I was pleased with how they competed.”
The Big Red looked to rebound two nights later in Viking Gym, and wrestled with passion and aggression in downing the Gryphons.
Will Jordan won by a pin at the 106-pound weight class, while Ben Clark earned a win by a pin at 120 pounds. Childress continued his strong season with a win via pinfall at 126 pounds, with Kyle Knight earning a win by a pin at 132 pounds.
Rash continued his recent win streak with a victory by medical forfeit at 138 pounds, while Brennan Clark and Freeman picked up pinfall victories at 145 and 152 pounds, respectively.
Foster won his bout by an 8-2 decision at 170 pounds, with Scott Wiseman earning a victory by a pin at 220 pounds and Blake Johnson earned a win by forfeit in the heavyweight class.
“Thomas Jefferson was ready for us and I believe they expected to beat us,” Calloway added. “Our kids really kept the positive vibe after the Owen match experience and took it to them to prove that Avery’s coming back to prominence. Winning against Thomas Jefferson was a big step for us.”
Avery’s record stands at 15-15 overall, with a 3-2 mark in conference matches. The squad wrestled at Hendersonville on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and returns home at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 1, to wrestle Polk County on Senior Night. Although the team has no senior wrestlers, Calloway hopes another capacity crowd of Vikings wrestling fans will come out and support the club.
“We have been blessed with a great crowd at all our home matches, and our kids have given the fans something to cheer about. This is truly our biggest wrestling week, because we are battling Polk and Hendersonville for third place in the conference,” Calloway explained.