Forrest grapplers grasp a sweep

Friday, December 5, 2014
Austin "Georgia" Geeting came up with a pin over Greenbrier's Austin Cook in the first match of the night, setting the stage for the Forrest sweep over Greenbrier and BGA. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest wrestling squad continued their hot start to the season Monday night in Chapel Hill as the Rockets swept Greenbrier and Battle Ground Academy (BGA) to improve to 6-1 on the year.

Forrest opened with a 51-27 triumph over Greenbrier, avenging their lone loss of the season and the match started in style as Austin "Georgia" Geeting went all three rounds before taking a tough 4-0 decision over Austin Cook in the 145-pound weight class.

'Much better'

"We wrestled much better tonight than we did against Harpeth," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey. "Greenbrier beat us earlier in the year, so I feel like we have improved, but we still have a long ways to go before tournament time and we will continue to work out and try to get everyone settled into the right weight class."

Clay Watson pinned BGA's Brandon Rowe in the 152-pound weight class in the Rockets' sweep Monday night in Chapel Hill. Photo by Debra Jordan

Clay Watson followed with a dominating performance in the 152-pound weight class when he went up 9-0 before pinning Greenbrier's Jesse Genasio with 15.1 seconds remaining in the second period.

Forrest's Ivan Wentzel was up next, battling Greenbrier's Hunter Hall and the 160-pound match was a classic duel, tied at nine apiece at the end of regulation before Hall pinned Wentzel with a minute to go in the third overtime period.

Jerry Jordan picked his teammate up, remaining on a torrid streak with a precise pin over Malachi Escue at the 1:38 mark of the first period in the 170-pound division.

Jordan's six points gave the Rockets a 15-6 lead before William Eddins added six more to the Forrest total when he pinned Anthony Downing with 18.3 seconds left in the first period.

At 195, Forrest's Cody Donnelly garnered another first-round pin for the Rockets when he took down Anthony Collins, putting the home squad in front 27-6.

Another good battle took place in the 220-pound weight class when Nik McGuiggan took on Tanner Lynch.

Nik McGuiggan gets three points on a near fall versus Greenbrier's Tanner Lynch. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

McGuiggan would hold a 9-7 lead in the match late, before Lynch turned the tables to tie the match, sending it to overtime where Lynch prevailed in an 11-9 decision.

In the 285-pound match, Greenbrier picked up six points when Toby Lynch pinned Billy Clanton, making it 27-15.

Harley Sisk was awarded a forfeit in the 106-pound weight class, extending Forrest's lead to 33-15.

Exciting contest

In maybe the match of the year so far, Dylan Pendley took on Spencer Matherley, last year's region 133-pound champion and it was Pendley who turned in a dominating performance, taking down Matherley with 10.9 seconds left in the second period.

Justin Leonard netted a forfeit for the Rockets at 120 before Greenbrier's Noah Walton pinned Kota Hartley.

Cooper McNair lit the home side's board when he picked up the final six points for the Rockets in the match when he pinned Nathan Marshall.

The match ended in the 138-pound weight class when Noah Quilty pinned Joseph "Juice" Williams late in the second period.

"Our younger wrestler are working towards catching up to the speed and quickness of high school wrestling," said Stacey. "Things happen quicker on the mat when you are wrestling older guys, but they are improving daily."

BGA match

Wentzel was first up versus BGA and he was a man on a mission, looking to redeem his earlier loss and he did, pinning Wilson McCullough with 44.9 seconds left in the first period.

"Pendley, Jordan, Watson, and Wentzel are wrestling well for us now," said Stacey.

Jordan followed with a forfeit win before Jacob Simpson pinned Eddins in the 182-pound weight class.

Donnelly picked up six points with a forfeit, as did McGuiggan, giving Forrest a 24-6 lead.

Greenbrier's Seif Waly pinned Alan Williams, but Sisk got the six points back when he took a forfeit win.

Pendley made short work of Kolton Grimsley, taking down the BGA grappler early in the first period.

Leonard made it 44-12 when he pinned Zac McCullough in the 120-pound weight class, while Hartley, McNair, and Joseph Williams all tallied forfeit points.

BGA's Braxton Kinney got six points for the Wildcats when he pinned Geeting, but Watson capped off the 66-18 Forrest victory with a pin over Brandon Rowe in the 152-pound weight class.