Rockets sweep Indians in home opener
The Forrest Rockets opened the 2014-2015 home portion of the season in style Tuesday, sweeping the Harpeth Indians in a pair of close matches, 45-32 and 42-38.
"We won only because we had a full team and they did not fill every weight class," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey. "Filling a team is a huge part of wrestling and it's hard to win without a full team, but we have a long ways to go to be where we want to be as a team."
The night started in the 220-pound weight class where Harpeth's Devin Spence pinned Dillon Kydd with 16.5 seconds remaining in the first period.
Nikolas McGuiggan and Dante Duncan were awarded forfeits, giving Forrest a 12-6 lead before Dylan Pendley came up with a lightening quick pin over Elijah Martin in the 113-pound weight class.
Deron "Scrappy" Osborn made it 24-6 when he was awarded a forfeit in 120-pound weight class, but the Indians went on a hot streak, winning five matches in a row, via three pins and two major decisions to take a 32-24 lead with four matches to go.
Ivan Wentzel pointed the Rocket ship to victory, completing a dominating performance with a 9-2 decision over Caleb Coltrane in the 160-pound weight class.
Jerry Jordan made quick work over Jason Sutton at 170, pinning the Indian wrestler in a minute and a half, giving Forrest a 36-32 lead and that would be the match as William Eddins and Cody Donnelly were both awarded forfeit wins.
"We will continue to work and grow as a team as the season goes on. We should have all the wrestlers settled into their proper weight classes after the Christmas break," said Stacey. "Dylan Pendley, Jerry Jordan, and Ivan Wentzel all wrestled well tonight, but we are going to have to mature as a team before tournament time in February."
In the second match versus the Indians, Forrest took a commanding lead after McGuiggan and Duncan began with a pair of forfeit wins, and Pendley smoked Elijah Martin in quick first round pin in the 113-poind weigh division.
Osborn gave the Rockets a 24-0 lead with a forfeit win, but the Indians stormed back again, taking a 26-24 lead as Braxton Hunter beat Kota Hartley, Thomas Hatcher won on a fall over Duncan, Daniel Clark pinned Joseph "Juice" Williams, Tyler Christian pinned Austin Geeting, and Daelyn Rose won in a 10-3 decision over Clay Watson in the 152-pound weight class.
Jordan was a man on a mission all night as the 160-pounder thumped Coltrane with a first round takedown, seesawing the lead back to Forrest.
Harpeth bounced back with a Jason Sutton pin over Jonathon Thornberry before the match was sealed when Eddins and Donnelly posted forfeit wins for the Rockets, who will be back in action on Monday when they host Battle Ground Academy and Greenbrier with the first match scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.