Rockets fall to Eagles in region duals

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Submitted photos Forrest's Bryan Clanton gets a good grip on Eagleville's Josiah Tuch in the 170-pound match, won by Clanton 10-3.

On Thursday, the top-seeded Forrest Rockets (20-4) were looking to qualify for the state dual tournament for the first time in school history, but host Eagleville had other ideas when they came back from a 33-12 deficit to beat the Rockets.

The defending Region 7 A/AA champion Eagles went on to win the dual crown, soaring past Fairview 60-21 in the finals to earn a berth in the state tournament.

Region next

"It was a tough match, a great night for wrestling, and it was awesome to see the fans get into like that," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey. "The next step is the region and it's all about them excelling in their ndividual weight class now."

The match began at the 152-weight class where Ivan Wentzel fell to Andrew Soloman on a pin with 23.8 seconds remaining in the first period.

Jerry Jordan earned the only forfeit of the match, tying the score at 6-6 before Forrest's Bryan Clanton won a three-round skirmish 10-3 over Josiah Tuch in the 170-pound weight class.

Rockets build a lead

Jamie Boyce (182 lbs.) added six more points for the Rockets when he took an 8-4 first round lead before pinning Ryan Holt, early in the second round.

Tyler McClendon followed with a dominating performance over Tyler Roberts at 195-pounds and Nick McGuiggan came up huge for the Rockets when he scored a first round win, pinning Brandon Wesley to boost Forrest's lead to 27-6.

Tyler McClendon dominated Tyler Roberts before pinning the Eagleville wrestler as Forrest in the 195-pound weight class.

The Eagles stopped the 27-0 Forrest run when John Hedgepath pinned Nathan Trout with 21 seconds remaining in the first period of the 285-pound match.

CJ Monce (106-pounds) held firm the Rocket cause when he flew out of the coop and was all over Eagleville's Justin Mote.

Pin win

Monce pinned Mote at the 21-second mark of the first period, extending the Forrest lead to 33-12.

CJ Monce came up big with a pin over Justin Mote at the Region 7A-AA Duals at Eagleville.

"Our upper weights did great today and our 106 did good too," said Stacey.

Rocket eighth-grader Dylan Pendley fought gallantly before suffering a third-round pin at the hands of Ellis Dodson and Eagleville made it two in a row when Cage Hargrove fell to Hayden Hammonds, via a second round pin.

"Pendley wrestled his tail off, that was one of their best wrestlers and he took him to the third period," said Stacey. "Cage had a tough match at 120, he beat that guy at the Creekwood tournament and we knew that match could go either way."

Close clash

Forrest's Nick Tahmassebi (132-lbs.) fell behind 5-2 in the first round before coming back to tie his match at 7-7 in the second versus Cade Pennington.

The two grapplers dueled back and forth in the third period and Pennington came out on top with a one-point 11-10 win, tying the match at 33.

The Eagles had the momentum and took the home the title as Casey Dodson pinned Joesph Williams (138 lbs.) and Ryan Maddox finished off the Rockets when he pinned Austin Geeting (145 lbs.).

The Region 3A-AA Individual Tournament begins on Feb. 7 at Creekwood in Dickson County.