By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain’s wrestling team went 1-1 in a tri-match Jan. 28 at Asheville.
The Mustangs (18-11) lost 51-28 to North Henderson then rallied for a 45-36 victory over Asheville.
“I knew North Henderson would be a tough one with 12 kids, including six starters, out with sicknesses and injuries, and having to give up three forfeits, but we wrestled them tough,” Coach Tony Moody said. “North Henderson is always stout, and it would be a difficult task at 100 percent.”
Danner Hill (220) had the only pin for SM against the Knights. Hayden Hooper (106) won a 16-7 major decision. Dustin Stephens (160) won by medical forfeit. Also winning by forfeit were Ryder Huffman (182) and Will Frady (195).
The Mustangs fell behind Asheville 30-0 but ran off 45 straight points and won 45-36.
“I knew after watching Asheville how much they had improved, and with us down so many we would have our work cut out,” Moody said. “Then we go down 30-0 to start off the match. I figured we were done, but we answered with 45 straight points and lost the final match to eke out the win. It was a really nice team victory.”
The Cougars took the 30-0 lead with two pins and three forfeits.
Frady (195) pinned his opponent in just six seconds. Others winning by pin were Stephens (160), Luis Palacios (170), Eli Grasty (285) and Hooper (106). Ki French (152) took a 5-1 decision. Huffman (182) won by forfeit.