It may still be a border rivalry, but Coffee County is going to have win a few matches for it to be an actual wrestling rivalry. Otherwise, it’s just domination by Warren County.
The Pioneers continued to flex their muscles over Manchester on the mat Tuesday, slamming the Red Raiders 51-27 in the district battle.
“Our kids wrestled hard and took the fight to them. I was very proud of them,” said coach Matt Turner, who has yet to lose to Coffee County as head coach of the Pioneers.
Warren County seemed to take special pleasure pummeling its opponent Tuesday, including taking six matchups by pinfall. The Pioneers won four of the first five matches by pin, including Alec Smith and Kalan Lusk making quick work of their opponents.
Smith only needed 1:33 to beat Caleb Boothe, but Lusk was even quicker. The 152-pound junior dropped Hunter Waring in 1:18, giving his team a 24-12 lead at the time.
The advantage only grew.
Noah O’Shields had the match of the night for the Pioneers, going the distance against Zachary Speegle at 170 pounds. The points were close in the final minute, but O’Shields left no doubt by spinning free for a late reversal. To add to his victory, O’Shields gained dominant position, almost earning a pin before the whistle blew on his 9-4 win.
After his match, O’Shields let out a yell and chest-bumped with teammates coming off the mat. His fighting spirit seemed to spread.
Ike Gillentine followed with a 26-second match where he dropped Justin Ralph with ease. Caleb Mackie put on the final touches with a win over Jeremiah Wardell in the 106-pound matchup.
Tuesday’s win followed a great weekend for Warren County in Sewanee. The Pioneers had five top finishers in the Mountain Top tournament, including Gillentine winning the 182-pound division.
Mackie and Alan Esparza finished second in the 106-pound and 132-pound divisions, respectively. Stephen Curtis (152 pounds) and Austin McBride (heavyweight) both finished third.
Warren County was also awarded the Coach Mac Memorial team sportsmanship award at the event.
The Pioneers will be back on the mat Friday at LaVergne. Warren County will hold its final home match Tuesday, Jan. 28 against Tullahoma.