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Local youth wrestlers perform well

Local gyms are being packed this winter by more than basketball players.

Dave Holcomb’s Pioneer Pride youth wrestling team continues to grow, attracting younger grapplers every year. With more numbers and more skill, the results are getting better and better as well.

Recently, the Pioneer Pride team took part in a dual meet at Algood. The team finished the event 2-2, beating teams from Blackman and White House while falling in closely contested matches against Cookeville and Clarksville.

Throughout the day, the Pioneers put the rest of the Midstate on notice – Warren County is starting to develop one of the stronger programs in the area.

“For our first matches, we peformed extremely well,” said Holcomb. “The wrestlers came out really aggressive and turned heads from a couple of the top youth programs.”

Dean Wingate, AJ Whitman and Drake Martin had banner days for the Pioneers, finishing unbeaten in their matchups. Wingate went 4-0, while Whitman and Martin were 3-0.

Blaze Pezzimenti, Brant Damon, Rance Stafford, Huck Damon and Anden Green were all 3-1 on the day, while George Myers, Ridge Green, Kylie Swarthout and Braxton Wingate picked up two wins each on the mat. 

Huck Damon and Ridge Green followed up their strong debuts by winning individual championships in the Red Bank tournament held Nov. 30. Brant Damon brought home silver at the event.