Rockets sweep region foes
The Forrest Rockets were ready for some wrestling Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, sweeping region foes White House and Eagleville by identical 60-24 scores.
"I feel like we wrestled much better tonight, but we have a tough weekend at the BGA Duals that we need to continue to prepare for," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey.
Cooper McNair got things going for the Rockets versus White House, coming up with a first-round pin over Austin Kelchner in the 132-pound weight class and Joseph "Cheese" Williams followed with a second-round takedown over Connor Holder.
In the145-pound weight class, Clepper Watson V pinned Clayton Gilbert with five seconds remaining in the first period, giving Forrest an 18-0 lead.
"Cooper McNair got the team started off with a pin in the 132-pound class and Joseph Williams and Clay Watson each had a pin that kept the momentum in our favor," said Stacey.
Blue Devil 152-pounder Charles Beasley was trailing Forrest's Ivan Wentzel 12-2 when he turned the tables, pinning the Rockets grappler with 13 seconds remaining in the match.
Dylan Grissom picked up six points for White House with a forfeit in the 160-pound weight class, making it 18-12.
Dylan Booker gave the Rockets a big lift when he wasted no time pinning Braden Myers early in the first period.
William Eddins took six more points for Forrest with a forfeit win at 182 before Billy Clanton (195) pinned Jay Varnado and Nikolas McGuiggan (220) secured a first round pin over Joshua Dailey, extending the Rockets' lead to 42-12.
"Billy Clanton has been working for weeks to get down to the 195-pound weight class and it paid off tonight with a huge six-point win against White House's Jay Varnado," said Stacey.
Kyle Cantrell pinned Alan Williams in the 285-pound weight class, but Harley Sisk clinched the match for the Rockets with a forfeit win in the 106-pound weight class.
Dylan Pendley tallied six more points for Forrest with a forfeit win before Kota Hartley (120) pinned Tanner Pharris in the first round.
Danny Jeffrey pinned Isaac Wentzel (126) to end the first match of the night.
Eagleville followed with a 54-30 win over the Blue Devils, setting up the big rivalry match with Forrest.
Ben Day gave the Eagles a quick boost with a pin over Watson in the 145-pound weight class, but Austin Geeting tied the match at 6-6 with a forfeit victory.
Ivan Wentzel bounced back from his earlier loss with a second round pin over Rodney Turner before Booker (170), Eddins (182), Clanton (195), McGuiggan (20), and Dillon Kydd (285) all were awarded forfeit wins to put the Rockets in front to stay 48-6.
Harley Sisk made it a 54-6 contest with a first-round takedown over Blaine Fussell in the 106-pound weight class and Pendley continued his red-hot start to the season with first-round pin over Williams Magoon.
"Harley Sisk had a huge win against Blaine Fussell tonight. He was defeated by him earlier in the year," said Stacey.
Eagleville came up with three straight wins as Hayden Hammonds, Kota Hartley, and Caden Pennington all posted takedowns over Forrest.
Joseph "Cheese" Williams finished the night in style for the Rockets, pinning Ryan Tumbleson midway through the third period.
"Eagleville had some wrestlers missing; therefore, they gave up several points," said Stacey. "Pendley, along with the other wrestlers this weekend will face some very good competition at the BGA Duals. It should be some quality mat time against some experienced wrestlers."
The Rockets (12-6) will travel to Battle Ground Academy on Saturday for their final match before the Christmas break and will not compete again until Jan. 3, at the Red Hawk Rampage.