December 4, 2013 – The JV and Varsity had a dual meet at Hillgrove.  First the JV had a match with wrestlers that the coaches matched up as well as possible.  Some of the wrestlers we did not know and for that I apologize.  I will try to get some more details from the wrestling managers.  But, suffice it to say, we beat them and several up and coming grapplers had solid matches.  Caleb Evans wrestled well and won a decision.  Josh McMahon scored a lot of points and defeated his opponent 16-11.  Max Bose also won 10-6.  Mitchell Krier was impressive at 160 lbs with a 48 second pin.  We had 3 other wins and they had some luck, so by our count it was 33 – 24. 

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The Varsity Captains, Brad King, Jonathon Gates, Isaiah Borne and Brandon Hill met the ref and Hillgrove Capts at the center circle.   We began wrestling at 126lbs.  Abraham drew one of Hillgrove’s most experienced wrestlers, but did not get pinned or teched.  Brad was up next and scored a major decision with a 16-4 victory.  After dealing with a serious shoulder injury, Will Turner returned to the mat at 138, however he was wrestling probably Hillgrove’s best wrestler – or at least the one with the strongest pedigree – Carlin Powell.  Many people may remember Carlin’s sister, Kristi who was one of the best female wrestlers on the mat the past few years.  Their Dad, Chris, was a state champion back in the early 80s when Sprayberry was the Archer of today.  Anyway, Will lost 0-9, but held up well and did not give up very many team points.  We also lost at 145 to Bret Kelly, who was a strong wrestler for Hillgrove last year at 126.  Alex battled as always, but lost a 4-8 decision at 152.
 Anthony Neary, better known at NAGA, opened up a can of whoop A__ on his man and pinned him early in the 2nd period putting us back on the winning track and bringing us to within 3 points.  Hillgrove forfeited the next 3 matches with Jonathan, Dalton and Isaiah all collected the points for the Devils.  At 225 Brandon’s man stayed alive for quite a bit, but he succumbed like most do mid-way through the second period.   Brian Marshall, at 285, also pinned his opponent about halfway through the second.   We forfeited at 106, but that would be the last points Hillgrove collected as Jason Caldwell and Jelani Miller both overwhelmed their opponents and pinned them at about the 2 minute mark.    Final Score 52-19.

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