Rocket wrestlers win big before losing

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Photo by Anthony S. Puca Forrest's Peyton Sisk sets up Blackman's Austin Bishop for a first period pin in the 112-pound weight class. Forrest would lose 61-18 to the Blaze, but got the best of Warren County 54-24 in Chapel Hill Thursday night.

The Forrest Rockets wanted two wins, but settled for a split in their last wrestling meet at home this season, beating Warren County 54-24 before losing to a tough Blackmon squad 61-18.

In between the two Forrest matches, Blackman bested Warren County to sweep the meet.

Forrest head coach Josh Roberson said, "First day of school today, first match right after Christmas with their sleep out of whack and what they are doing out of whack, so I am pretty proud of them overall. We have had some bumps in the road coming out of Christmas, but I think we are getting better and are close to where we need to be."

Forrest forfeited at the 165-pound weight class in the first match of the night versus Warren County and Bryan Clanton (152) went down 17-12 to Xavier Whittaker after a great fight.

Jamie Boyce (160) righted the Forrest ship with a quick pin at the 35.3-second mark of the first period over Heath Higgins to make it 9-6.

Jonathan Anderson (170) followed with another pin over Jacob Raper with 43 seconds remaining in the first period of his match to put the Rockets ahead for good before Tyler McClendon won by forfeit in 182.

A Logan Wheeler (195) pin over Holden Nunley continued the romp for the Rockets and Spencer McGuiggan, Logan Wright, Peyton Sisk, and Cage Hargrove all won by forfeit to push Forrest's lead to 48-9.

Warren County's Christian Lopez (120) snapped the Pioneers' drought with a second period pin over Nick Thomasebbi, but Triton Watkins put six more points in the Forrest win column with an impressive first period pin over Ray Bishop in the 126-pound weight class.

The match ended with Forrest's Ivan Wentzel losing a close match to Bailey Briest at 132.

In the final match of the meet, Blackman continued their dominance of the event with a big 61-18 win over the Rockets.

Blackman won all their matches except in the 182, 220, and 106-pound weight division as Rocket grapplers McClendon, Zach Osborne, and Sisk all pinned their Blaze counterparts.