Rockets wrestlers split road meet

Friday, December 4, 2015
Forrest's Austin Geeting went 2-1 for the Rockets in a tri-meet with Page, TSB and DCA Tuesday night at Nashville. Photos by Shanna McCoy

The Forrest Rocket wrestling team took to the road Tuesday night, traveling to the Tennessee School for the Blind for a tri-meet that also included Page and Donelson Christian Academy.

The Patriots handed Forrest its first loss of the year, but the Rockets came back with a wins over TSB and DCA to salvage a 2-1 night.

"At this point in the season, we are just trying to get everyone in wrestling mode and get everyone's weight under control," Forrest coach Kyle Stacey said. "We should have everyone where they should be by mid-December, but until then, we are giving up two weight classes."

Rockets vs. Page

Page started strong, winning the first two matches as Nick Oberstaedt (138 pounds) pinned Peyton Sisk and Andrew Birchett (145) followed with another fall over Preston Yeager.

Clepper Watson (152) got things going for the Rockets with an 11-3 major decision over Sam Sam Sigmon and Wesley McCoy (160) made it a 12-7 score when he came up with a close 6-3 decision versus Trevor Caudill.

The Patriots rolled with three straight pins as Chris Koshar (170) beat Austin Geeting, John Noe (182) pinned William Eddins and Houston Tywater (195) won by fall over Tanner Kerr.

Forrest junior Billy Clanton went undefeated in the match and pinned Page's Daniel Vaughn in the 220-pound weight class.

Forrest stalwart Billy Clanton (220) bounced back with a pin over Daniel Vaughn and Nikolas McGuiggan (285) made it two wins in a row when he pinned Dayton Davis.

Jeffrey Gross (106) picked up six points for the Rockets with a forfeit win, making it 30-25 in favor of Page.

Page's Cole Winer (113) pinned Harley Sisk to increase the Pats' lead to 36-25, but two-time state tournament participant and 2014-2015 medalist Dylan Pendley (120) pinned Vincent Ha to keep the Rockets' hopes alive.

Page clinched the match when Alek Filaroski was awarded a forfeit and the match ended on a pin by Patriots' 132-pounder Laz Bibeau over Justin Leonard.

Rockets vs. DCA

The Rockets came back from the loss and hammered DCA, shutting out the Wildcats 78-0 as Javier Rios (152), McCoy (160), Geeting (170), Kerr (195), Clanton (220), Gross (106), Pendley (120), Elijah Gunter (138) and Yeager all won by forfeit.

There was a double forfeit in the 126-pound weight class.

The Forrest winners on the mat were William Eddins (182) over James Geiger (Fall 1:10), Nathan Trout (285) over Rajah Lockhart (Fall 0:48), Harley Sisk (113) over David Carnahan (Fall 3:15) and Justin Leonard (132) over Jacob Alexander (Fall 0:31).

Rockets vs. TSB

Tennessee School for the Blind grappler Miquel Jose started out with a pin over Yeager before the Rockets swept the next 72 points for the victory over the Tigers from Nashville.

Rios, McCoy, Eddins, Trout, Harley Sisk, Pendley, Carlos Medrano, Leonard and Kota Hartley all won by forfeit for the Rockets.

Austin Geeting (170) won by pin over Eh Gay, Kerr (195) pinned Craig Heggie, Clanton (220) pinned Garret Meeks and Gross pinned Nathan Desmarius in the 106-pound weight class to end the night.

Clepper Watson (152) picked up four points with an 11-3 major decision over Page's Sam Sigmon in Tuesday night's tri-meet.

"I am expecting leadership from my seniors Watson, (Peyton) Sisk and McGuiggan," Stacey commented. "And Joseph Williams, Clanton, Pendley and Watson are returning state qualifiers and Pendley is a returning state medalist."