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Pioneer grapplers dominate competition
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Pioneer wrestler Kalan Lusk, a 160-pound junior, is shown at a home match and was dominant in Tuesday’s tri-meet at Franklin County. Lusk pinned both his Franklin County and Smyrna opponents as the Pioneers won two matches. - photo by Brad Durham

The WCHS wrestling team was in Winchester on Tuesday for a tri-meet against Franklin County and Smyrna. The Pioneers dominated both opponents, beating Franklin County 64-6 and Smyrna 60-12.

The Pioneers had had eight pins against Franklin County. Dayton Jernigan, Roberto Dodson, Caleb Mackie, Seth Lindsay, Alan Esparza, Stephen Curtis, Kalah Lusk, and Daniel Wright all pinned their Franklin County opponents.

The only “losses” for Warren County were forfeits in weight classifications that the Pioneers could not fill.

Pioneer domination was virtually the same against Smyrna with six pins. Jernigan had another pin, as did Mackie, Esparza, Smith, Curtis, and Lusk. Warren County lost only one man-man match against Smyrna, and once again suffered some weight classification forfeits.

As a team, the Pioneers are looking formidable. On Saturday, the Pioneers are back at Franklin County for a new individual tournament. The top four finishers will advance to the Region Individual Tournament that Warren County will host next month.

WCHS head coach Matt Turner is very pleased with the wrestling team. Turner said, “Tuesday night was a great night for the boys. This season has been bittersweet. Very nice seeing the boys getting better. It’s hard to not think how tough we could have been at this time if we were able to have practiced and competed under normal times.”

Turner continued, “Obviously we have a good team. Anytime you have three returning state qualifiers and return veterans in almost all weight classes, it’s the making of a good team. Especially grateful for the job Ben Matheney is doing at the middle school level. It is so awesome having a solid freshman class each year. As for District Dual Team (competition), we wrestle at Tullahoma Tuesday for that championship. I am sure it will be a barn-burner. It has been for the last three years and I feel this year is no different.”

Turner had more praise for his team, “The boys are working hard, being very competitive and are just tough. Excited to see how we finish.”