The Warren County wrestling team hosted its final home matches of the season Thursday night. The Pioneers grappled with the Cookeville Cavaliers and the Tullahoma Wildcats in a tri-match. Unfortunately, the night started off on the wrong foot and Pioneers were defeated in both matches.
The night may have started off on the wrong foot, but the Lady Pioneer wrestlers finished strong and defeated the two Lady Cavalier wrestlers from Cookeville in the night’s final two matches.
Up first for the Lady Pioneers was Hollie Yokley. The match went to the mat relatively quick and Yokley was awarded a takedown. She worked her opponent around the mat from the top. Time ran out in the first round just as Yokley put her opponent on her back.
In round two, it was more ground work by Yokley and she was awarded her second takedown. This time her opponent resisted and dodged all attempts to roll her over for the remainder of the match.
Her opponent survived and moved on to the third and final round. Winded, Yokley moved in for the kill and in round three, after a takedown, she rolled her opponent over to her back and won by pinfall with 1:13 to go in the third.
In the second ladies match and final match of the night, Lady Pioneer Allison Vazquez defeated her opponent by a final score of 6-5. Her opponent fought off being pinned for the three-round match.
Vasquez had a takedown in all three rounds for all six of her points. She was not able to roll her opponent over before time expired.
The Lady Cavalier wrestler was awarded a point for an escape in the second round. Then after an unexpected reversal and a near pinfall, the Lady Cavalier was awarded four more points.
Vasquez maintained her composure and finished with a 6-5 win.
In the first matchup, the Tullahoma Wildcats swept the Pioneers in all eight matches of the night for Warren County.
Pioneer Mario Hernandez started the match versus Cookeville. He was behind on points but looked like he would complete his match when suddenly he was pinned with :22 left in the third.
Ethan Cowan for Warren County almost survived his grueling three-round match when he was pinned at 1:40 in the third round.
Matthew Savage also pushed his opponent to his limits in a close three-round match. Savage worked through the second round and his opponent escaped and went on to pin Savage in the third round with :59 to go.
Warren County was blanked in the first match versus Tullahoma and Pioneer Ethan Cowan was the only wrestler from Warren County to advance his match to a third round. He succumbed to his opponent with just :17 left in the match.
Warren County will try and rebound in its next two events before regionals Jan. 28 in Coffee County.