Wrestlers fare well at Smoky Mountain Grapple

ASHEVILLE – Several Mitchell High School varsity and junior varsity wrestlers performed well Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, during the 2nd annual Headlock on Hunger/Great Smoky Mountain Grapple at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.

The Mountaineers finished 15th out of 24 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Each team was encouraged to bring canned goods and perishable items to donate to Headlock on Hunger, an outreach of Eblen Charities. 

“We had a great two days of wrestling at the Grapple,” said Ed Duncan, Mitchell High School head wrestling coach. “Our middle school and youth wrestlers also did well. All total, about 46 young men and women represented Mitchell County well today in one of the tougher holiday tournaments in the state.”

Ryan Richardson finished third in the 182-pound weight class and Dylan Lowery finished in fourth place in the 120-pound weight class. 

Junior varsity wrestlers Micah Staton (160 pounds), Brandon McGee (152 pounds) and Caleb Greene (120 pounds) finished third, second and third, respectively.

The Mountaineer wrestling team returns to action at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, in a Western Highlands Conference match at Madison.

 

Great Smoky Mountain Grapple varsity results for Mitchell

 

120 pounds

Dylan Lowery (22-2) placed fourth and scored 19 points

Champ. Round 1 - bye 

Champ. Round 2 - Dylan Lowery (Mitchell) won by fall over Solomon Jenks (W. Hend.)

Quarterfinal - Dylan Lowery (Mitchell) won by fall over Javelle Gillespie (Science Hill) 

Semifinal - Ethan Chandler (N. Buncombe) won by decision over Dylan Lowery (Mitchell)

Cons. Semi. - Dylan Lowery (Mitchell) won by major decision over Alexander Stubbs (Chapin) 

3rd Place Match - Corbin Dion (Enka) won by decision over Dylan Lowery (Mitchell) 

 

126 pounds

Trenton Wheeler scored 3 team points

Champ. Round 1 - bye 

Champ. Round 2 - Spenser Harris (New. Con.) won by fall over Trenton Wheeler (Mitchell)

Cons. Round 2 - Trenton Wheeler (Mitchell) won by fall over Carlos Jaimes-Garcia (TC Roberson) 

Cons. Round 3 - Devin Burgin (Mtn. Heritage) won by fall over Trenton Wheeler (Mitchell) 

 

145 pounds

Joseph Maltba (19-6) scored 5 team points

Champ. Round 1 - bye 

Champ. Round 2 - Joseph Maltba (Mitchell) won by decision over Jacob Wise (N. Buncombe) 

Quarterfinal - Luke Canrobert (Newton Conover) won by decision over Joseph Maltba (Mitchell) Cons. Round 4 - Joseph Maltba (Mitchell) won by decision over Alex Minish (Trinity) 

Cons. Round 5 - Zachary White (N. Guilford) won by decision over Joseph Maltba (Mitchell) 

152 pounds

Cameron Greene (2-3) scored 4 team points

Champ. Round 1 - Cameron Greene (Mitchell) won by fall over Kamron McGuire (Robbinsville) 

Champ. Round 2 - Jermell Brockington (Trinity) won by fall over Cameron Greene (Mitchell) 

Cons. Round 2 - bye 

Cons. Round 3 - Christian Angel (Mtn. Herit.) won by decision over Cameron Greene (Mitchell) 

 

160 pounds

Zebulon McKinney (8-12) scored 5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - bye

Champ. Round 2 - Charlie Pettery (Newton Con.) won by fall over Zebulon McKinney (Mitchell) 

Cons. Round 2 - bye 

Cons. Round 3 - bye 

Cons. Round 4 - Zebulon McKinney (Mitchell) won by medical forfeit over Nathaniel Hughes (Mtn. Heritage)

Cons. Round 5 - Ricky Martinez (Trinity) won by fall over Zebulon McKinney (Mitchell) 

 

182 pounds

Ryan Richardson (23-1) placed third and scored 20 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - bye

Champ. Round 2 - Ryan Richardson (Mitchell) won by fall over Micah Ward (Asheville) 

Quarterfinal - Ryan Richardson (Mitchell) won by decision over Alex Credle (Northern Guilford) 

Semifinal - Anthony Johnson (TC Roberson) won by major decision over Ryan Richardson (Mitchell) 

Cons. Semi - Ryan Richardson (Mitchell) won by fall over Austin Andrews (AC Reynolds) 

3rd Place Match - Ryan Richardson (Mitchell) won by decision over Payne Anderson (Robbinsville)

 

195 pounds

Alexander Gardner (4-4) scored 5 team points

Champ. Round 1 - bye

Champ. Round 2 - Sakarri Morrison (New. Con.) won by fall over Alexander Gardner (Mitchell) 

Cons. Round 2 - bye 

Cons. Round 3 - bye 

Cons. Round 4 - Alexander Gardner (Mitchell) won by forfeit over Elijah Ballew (Enka) 

Cons. Round 5 - Jeremiah Musser (W. Hend.) won by fall over Alexander Gardner (Mitchell) 

 

220 pounds

Samuel Shook (11-12) scored 4 team points

Champ. Round 1 - bye

Champ. Round 2 - Alex Hise (Science Hill) won by fall over Samuel Shook (Mitchell) 

Cons. Round 2 - bye 

Cons. Round 3 - Samuel Shook (Mitchell) won by fall over Jose Sedano (Polk) 

Cons. Round 4 - James Gaither (Newton Conover) won by fall over Samuel Shook (Mitchell)

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