Forrest takes 2nd at region duals
The Forrest wrestling squad took to the mat Thursday in the Region 7-A/AA duals at Summit High School with high hopes, and after beating Creekwood and Montgomery Central, the Rockets fell to Eagleville 45-36 in a spirited championship final.
"The loss to Eagleville was tough, but I'm proud of the fact that we put ourselves in the situation to win the region championship," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey. "Eagleville has a very good wrestling team and I wish them the best of luck in the state duals. They will do a good job of representing our region."
The Rockets made easy work of Creekwood in the first round, crushing the Red Hawk wrestlers 60-24.
10 straight wins
After a loss in the opening match, Forrest won 10 consecutive bouts, beginning with a Bryan Clanton pin over Chance Decker in the 152-pound weight class and ending with a pin by Cage Hargrove over Brandon Santos in the 120-pound division.
Forrest turned around and took on Montgomery Central in round two and the Rockets responded with a big 58-24 win over the Indians.
Forrest went up 36-0 with six consecutive pins to begin the match as Clanton, Jerry Jordan, Jamie Boyce, Tyler McClendon and Zach McCoy all won in succession.
Forrest cruised home for the 34-point victory, setting up the region final with close neighbor Eagleville.
The Rockets jumped out to another quick start, winning four out the first five matches on pins by Jordan, McClendon, McCoy and McGuiggan before the Eagles stormed back with four wins in a row to go up 30-24.
Hargrove righted the Rockets' ship with a pin over Jacob McCoy, but from there, the Eagles won three consecutive matches to capture the title.
Only the first place team moves on to the state tournament duals.
Forrest will have two weeks to prepare for the Class A/AA Region 5 Tournament, beginning on Feb. 8 in Cookeville.
"We are proud of our accomplishments this year and I believe the kids did an outstanding job of buying into our team philosophy," said Stacey. "We will continue to do the same things in practice throughout the next two weeks because I am a big believer in repetition. Sometimes we might get tired of doing the same things, but we also need to understand that those same things got us where we are now."
The Rockets have several grapplers capable of qualifying for the state tournament this year, slated to begin on Thursday Feb. 14 at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena in Franklin.
Hargrove and McGuiggan will be attempting for a return trip to the state and Stacey is hopeful the bus to Franklin will be full of qualifiers.
"I think we have a good chance of sending several kids to the state this year. It's not going to be an easy road, but I believe our kids are up to the challenge."
Forrest 60 Creekwood 24
145 Jonathan Reda (Creek Wood) won by pin over Ivan Wentzel
152 Bryan Clanton (Forrest) won by pin over Chance Decker
160 Jerry Jordan (Forrest) won by pin over Mikale Gardner
170 Jamie Boyce (Forrest) won by pin over Hayden Pinnix
182 Tyler McClendon (Forrest) won by forfeit
195 Keith Hatten (Forrest) won by forfeit
220 Spenser McGuiggan (Forrest) won by pin over Kevin Davenport
285 Logan Wright (Forrest) won by pin over David Western
106 CJ Monce (Forrest) won by forfeit
113 Peyton Sisk (Forrest) won by forfeit
120 Cage Hargrove (Forrest) won by pin over Brandon Santos
126 Dalton Riddle (Creek Wood) won by pin over Cooper McNair
132 Luke Mitchell (Creek Wood) won by pin over Andrew Dyer
138 Jordon Harp (Creek Wood) won by pin over Clepper Watson
Forrest 58 Montgomery Central 24
152 Bryan Clanton (Forrest) won by pin over Conner Wild
160 Jerry Jordan (Forrest) won by pin over Bryce Goff
170 Jamie Boyce (Forrest) won by pin over Russell Littlejohn
182 Tyler McClendon (Forrest) won by pin over Seth Wild
195 Zach McCoy (Forrest) won by pin over Luis Reyes
220 Spenser McGuiggan (Forrest) won by pin over Jordan Wagner
285 Taren Welch (Montgomery Central) won by pin over Logan Wright
106 CJ Monce (Forrest) won by forfeit
113 Peyton Sisk (Forrest) won by major decision over Matthew Patterson
120 Cage Hargrove (Forrest) won by pin over Joseph Redman
126 Cooper McNair (Forrest) won by pin over Austin Littlejohn
132 Thomas Barrett (MC) won by pin over Andrew Dyer (3-5)
138 Joshua Jackson (Montgomery Central) won by forfeit
145 Tristen Page (Montgomery Central) won by forfeit
Eagleville 45 Forrest 36
160 Jerry Jordan (15-7) (Forrest) won by pin over Don Sharp
170 Steven Solomon (Eagleville) won by pin over Jamie Boyce (21-4)
182 Tyler McClendon (21-2) (Forrest) won by pin over Griffin Dodd
195 Zach McCoy (13-7) (Forrest) won by pin over Tristen Bartell
220 Spenser McGuiggan (28-1) (Forrest) won by pin over Damon Francis
285 Tanner Smith (Eagleville) won by pin over Logan Wright (8-15)
106 Hayden Hammonds (Eagleville) won by pin over CJ Monce (17-11)
113 Ellis Dodson (Eagleville) won by pin over Alex Jordan (13-7)
120 Casey Dodson (Eagleville) won by pin over Peyton Sisk (11-14)
126 Cage Hargrove (20-8) (Forrest) won by pin over Jacob McCoy
132 Jacob Alverez (Eagleville) won by decision over Cooper McNair (11-16)
138 Gabe Burleson (Eagleville) won by pin over Clepper Watson (3-23)
145 Andrew Solomon (Eagleville) won by pin over Ivan Wentzel (14-10)
152 Bryan Clanton (14-8) (Forrest) won by forfeit