Rocket wrestlers end 2015 with tie, second place
The Forrest Rockets had a busy pre-Christmas week, coming up with a rare tie versus Fairview on Thursday and beating Franklin Road Academy 59-19 on Friday before wrestling their way to a second place finish at the Battle Ground Academy Duals on Saturday.
The Rockets were in a pool with BGA, Knoxville Webb and St. Andrews-Sewanee, while the other pool consisted of Page, Fairview, FRA and St. Georges.
Forrest took on Knoxville Webb in the opening match at BGA and disposed of the Spartans 57-21.
The first match was in the 113-pound weight class and Webb's Carter Coughlin collected the initial six points with a pin over Harley Sisk.
Rocket stalwart Dylan Pendley (120) evened the match with a pin over Zack Tieng and Justin Leonard (126) won by forfeit to give Forrest a 12-6 lead.
Devin Badgett (132) made it 12-12 when he pinned Peyton Sisk before the Rockets won two in a row on a Joseph Williams (138) pin over Braeden Wirthwein and Bryton Spitzley (145) gained six points with a forfeit by the Spartans.
Cameron Fowler (152) eked out a close 5-2 decision over Clepper Watson to make it 24-15.
Forrest freshman Wes McCoy (160) pinned Stefan John, stretching the Rockets' lead to 30-15, but Preston Wilson got the six points back for Knoxville Webb when he won on a fall over Austin Geeting.
William Eddins (182) gutted out a 3-1 decision over Evan Davies before two forfeit wins by Billy Clanton (195) and Nikolas McGuiggan (220) put the match on ice.
Forrest's Alan Williams (285) won by fall over James Werner and the match ended when Rocket freshman Jeffrey Gross (106) pinned Carter Coughlin to cap off the win.
The Rockets came back with a match versus St. Andrew's Sewanee School and thanks to 48 points off of eight Mountain Lion forfeits, Forrest won easily, 72-12.
Preston Yeager, Spitzley, McCoy, Geeting, Alan Williams, Gross, Harley Sisk and Pendley all won by forfeits.
Justin Leonard (126), who pinned Caden Graham to open the match joined Joseph Williams, Clanton and McGuiggan in the winner's column via falls over their respective Mt. Lions' opponents.
The only Forrest losses were a Christian Taylor (152) pin over Watson and a Michael Schaerer (182) pin on Eddins.
In its final pool match, Forrest and BGA took to the mat and the Rockets came under heavy fire by the Wildcats before pulling out a tough 45-33 win to advance to the finals versus Page.
The match opened with an exciting battle between BGA's Try Reed (120) and Forrest's Pendley with the Wildcat grappler prevailing in a 9-8 decision.
Leonard pinned Zac McCullough and Joseph Williams followed with another fall to put FHS up 12-6.
BGA came back with consecutive pins to move in front 18-12 before Watson earned three points with 5-4 decision over Dolan Eckhart in the 152-pound bout.
McCoy won by fall over Brandon Rowe, but an injury to Geeting gave Eric Olsen six points to tie the match at 21.
Jake Maloof (182) gave the Wildcats the lead with a pin over, but consecutive forfeit wins by Clanton and McGuiggan put the Rockets in front 33-27.
BGA would not go down easy as Seif Waly (285) pinned Alan Williams, re-tying the match at 33 before Gross pinned Ian McCullough and Harley Sisk clinched the win for Forrest with a forfeit in the 113-pound division.
The Rockets (12-7-1), who had lost previously to Page (22-4) started slow in the championship match versus the Patriots, losing the first two bouts on falls before Spitzley (145) came up with three points on a 13-10 decision over Trever Caudill.
Sam Sigmon (152) pinned Watson, but McCoy (160) followed with a 17-5 major decision win over Chris Parcel making the score 18-7.
The Patriots put some distance between them with a forfeit win and back-to-back pins by John Noe (182) and Houston Tywater (195).
McGuiggan and Nathan Leichner (285) swapped wins, but Gross came up with a fall over Mitchell Turner at 106.
Pendley bounced back with a quick pin over Vincent Ha and the meet ended on an Alek Filaroski pin over Leonard.
Forrest will be back in action on January 5, 2016 when they travel to Greenbrier for a tri-meet along with Eagleville.