Rockets fall to Eagles in region duals
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.
"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.
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.
Monce pinned Mote at the 21-second mark of the first period, extending the Forrest lead to 33-12.
"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."
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.