Injury plagued Rocket grapplers fall in Tri-Meet
In 2014-2015, The Forrest Rocket wrestling team won the Region 3A/AA Individual Tournament and sent six grapplers to the TSSAA Class A/AA State Tournament with three earning medalist spots.
Dylan Pendley, making his third trip to the state tournament, finished in second place in the 113-pound weight class, Jeffery Gross finished second in the 106-pound weight class as a freshman and Nic McGuiggan finished in fifth place as a senior in the 220-pound division.
Clay Watson (152), Billy Clanton and Wesley McCoy also competed in the completion at the Williamson County Ag Center at Franklin.
"All of them are tough competitors and they have been dedicated to this program for a number of years now and it's showing," Forrest coach Chris Slaughter said. "Hopefully, we can build off their success and our young wrestlers will see what type of commitment is necessary to grow and to become leaders in this sport."
Pendley (Jr.), Gross (Soph.), Clanton (Sr.) and McCoy (Soph.) all returned this year for the Rockets, who are off to a slow start because of some key injuries that have left three weight classes vacant to start the season.
"The injuries have hurt the squad significantly; obviously, winning a dual when you are giving up 18 points out of the gate is very difficult," Slaughter, who took over head coaching duties for Kyle Stacey said. "We are working to get athletes healthy and monitoring their progress every day."
The biggest loss so far this season is freshman Nick McClendon, who poised to have a huge freshman campaign before suffering a season-ending knee injury at the Cheatham County Duals on December 10.
"We are currently working to get a new 106 in Carter Jones and to get both Parker Stuard (138) and Brad Corter (145) cleared by our training staff by the end of the week," Slaughter said.
On Tuesday Forrest hosted Greenbrier and Page for a Tri-Match and it was also Alumni Night for the Rockets, who wanted to pay homage to some of the past stars that have helped build the Forrest wrestling program to new heights.
"It is important for this young squad to see the rich tradition here at Forrest and to give them and the coaches an opportunity to thank the alumni for their hard work," Slaughter said. "We want to remind our alumni that they are always a part of the Forrest wrestling family and welcome in the halls of Forrest High School."
In the first match of the event, Greenbrier beat Page 48-32 before taking on the Rockets in the second match.
Forrest fell behind early, tailing 12-0 before Clanton pinned Alex Cheatam in the 220-pound weight class.
The Rockets surrendered 12 more points on a fall and a forfeit in the 106-pound division before Gross (113) and Dylan Pendley (126) won in between a loss by freshman Hunter Pendley (120).
The Rockets trailed 24-21 after the Dylan Pendley 11-5 decision over Nathan Ford, but a Noah Walton pin over Carson Blackwell and consecutive forfeits by Forrest clinched the win for the Bobcats even through Cole Geeting (152), McCoy (160) and Austin Geeting (170) all won their matches.
"Giving those weights up and knowing we could pull out the win if we had a little more depth is tough," Slaughter said. "We as a coaching staff are working to get the numbers up and to create a little excitement around the program to attract more young men to the sport."
Forrest took on longtime rival Page in the final match of the night and the Rockets jumped out to an early 18-12 lead behind wins from Clanton, Cody Donnelly (285) and Gross.
Dylan Pendley came up with a first-round fall over Alek Filaroski in between Page victories as the match was tied at 24, but once again forfeits in the 138 and 145 pound weight classes put the Rockets in a 12-point hole.
Cole Geeting pinned Ray Magee and McCoy earned four points for a 16-4 major decision over Chris Parcel to narrow the deficit to 36-34, but consecutive pins by the Patriots secured the win for the Rudderville squad.
"I think as a team we knew we were in a hole off the bat, but the dual coming down to Austin Geeting shows the determination our team has," Slaughter said. "They did not let the situation dictate how they responded. They went out and competed, and that's all we ask of them."
The Rockets had a home match with Eagleville, Cheatham County, MLK and Pearl Cohn on Wednesday and will participate in the BGA duals this weekend.
"We have a lot to work on, ranging from technique to simply getting healthy in some cases," Slaughter added. "We plan to take it one day at a time and to prepare both mentally and physically for the trials ahead."
Greenbrier 42, Forrest 36
182 Pounds Anthony Collins (Greenbrier) over Tanner Kerr (Forrest) (fall 3:17), 0-6
195 Tanner Lynch (Greenbrier) over William Eddins (Forrest) (fall 2:50), 0-12
220 Billy Clanton (Forrest) over Alex Cheatam (Greenbrier) (fall 1:13), 6-12
285 Zachary Schlessman (Greenbrier) over Cody Donnelly (Forrest) (fall 1:13), 6-18
106 Camron Bondwe (Greenbrier) over (Forrest) (Forfeit), 6-24
113 Jeffrey Gross (Forrest) over Matthew McCartney (Greenbrier) (fall 2:14), 12-24
120 Hunter Pendley (Forrest) over (Greenbrier) (For.), 18-24
126 Dylan Pendley (Forrest) over Nathan Ford (Greenbrier) (Dec 11-5), 21-24
132 Noah Walton (Greenbrier) over Carson Blackwell (Forrest) (fall 1:15), 21-30
138 Jesse Gervais (Greenbrier) over (Forrest) (Forfeit), 21-36
145 Noah Quilt (Greenbrier) over (Forrest) (Forfeit), 21-42
152 Cole Geeting (Forrest) over Tucker Tatum (Greenbrier) (Dec 10-3), 24-42
160 Wesley McCoy (Forrest) over Gavin Ledbetter (Greenbrier) (fall 2:33), 30-42
170 Austin Geeting (Forrest) over Mike Jones (Greenbrier) (fall 1:13), 36-42
Page 48, Forrest 34
195 Pounds Dayton Davis (Page) over William Eddins (Forrest) (fall 1:12), 0-6
|220 Billy Clanton (Forrest) over Chase Thoni (Page) (fall 1:22), 6-6|
285 Cody Donnelly (Forrest) over Sean Holder (Page) (fall 0:11), 12-6
106 Jacob Gifford (Page) over Unknown (Forfeit), 12-12
|113 Jeffrey Gross (Forrest) over Mitchell Turner (Page) (fall 1:22), 18-12|
|120 Cole Winer (Page) over Hunter Pendley (Forrest) (fall 0:38), 18-18|
|126 Dylan Pendley (Forrest) over Alek Filaroski (Page) (fall 2:47), 24-18|
|132 Vincent Ha (Page) over Carson Blackwell (Forrest) (fall 2:59), 24-24|
|138 Nick Oberstaedt (Page) over Unknown (Forfeit), 24-30|
|145 Ezra Chrisman (Page) over Unknown (Forfeit), 24-36|
|152 Cole Geeting (Forrest) over Ray Magee (Page) (fall 2:47), 30-36|
|160 Wesley McCoy (Forrest) over Chris Parcel (Page) (MD 16-4), 34-36|
|170 John Noe (Page) over Austin Geeting (Forrest) (fall 1:27), 34-42|
182 Austin Harshaw (Page) over Tanner Kerr (Forrest) (fall 2:23), 34-48