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Avery wrestler Scott Wiseman pinned a defending state champion on his path to a second-
place finish at last weekend’s James Orr Invitational Tournament.
Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-01-22 17:07:43
Last modified: 2013-01-22 17:07:43

Wrestling hammers Heritage, competes at Orr Invitational

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Avery wrestling continued its recent trend of strong and successful wrestling as it dominated Mountain Heritage by a final dual meet score of 69-12 on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Viking Gym. The team traveled last weekend to Robbinsville to grapple at the James Orr Invitational Tournament.AHS gave up a forfeit and lost a single match during the course of the evening. 

The match began at 182 pounds, where Trevor Pickens won by first period pin to start a dominant team effort. Jonah Tenge, Ryan Sheppard, Scott Wiseman, Will Jordan, Harley Rash and Zac Freeman each won matches by pin. Josh Gragg won his bout due to injury; Ben Clark, Preston Childress and Kyle Knight each won by forfeit; and Harley Foster earned an 11-8 decision victory. 

Avery traveled to Robbinsville on Saturday, Jan. 19, to compete at the 30th annual James Orr Invitational Tournament.

The Vikings finished seventh overall in the 10-team field with 77 team points. Host Robbinsville was the winning team with 165 points, with Tuscola and Swain County rounding out the top three schools.

Several AHS wrestlers placed in their respective weight classes during the day-long tournament. Jordan brought home third place in the 106-pound tournament. Rash continued his recent string of strong wrestling, reaching the finals in the 132-pound tournament and earning second place. 

In the 195-pound tournament, freshman Sheppard earned a fourth-place finish, while Wiseman defeated a reigning state champion in the 220-pound weight class tournament en route to a second-place finish. Blake Johnson rounded out the Avery podium placers, bringing home third place in the 285-pound weight class tournament.

AHS hosted Owen earlier this week in a Western Highlands Conference dual meet, and the team travels to Thomas Jefferson this Friday, Jan. 25.