The WCHS wrestling team grappled with two opponents Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym, facing Tullahoma and Cookeville.
WCHS would fall to both visiting programs, first to Cookeville by a score of 54-27 and then Tullahoma by a score of 71-12.
Warren County coach Stephen Martin said “The Cookeville match is very indicative of our team’s problems this year. Out of the 14 weight classes we could only fill seven of those. We would have had to win every match by pin and the best we could hope for would be a tie.”
In the night’s first match, Warren County showed promise but would fall to Cookeville on technicalities by not having wrestlers for the required weight classes, forcing Warren County to forfeit several key matchups. Cookeville would take the first match by a final score of 54-27 over the Pioneers.
Out the seven matches actually wrestled, the Pioneers were able to win five. Peppi Miller, Christian Lopez, Jordan Bonner, Casey Taylor, and Adrian Varloo all won their respective matches, with Lopez, Miller, and Bonner all winning by pinfal.
Casey Taylor is a first-year wrestler at 182 pounds who really stepped up Tuesday night, winning his match over Cookeville’s John Cheeba in a hard-fought decision. Adrian Varloo stepped up in his first-ever match at 195 pounds and looks as though he will improve greatly with time and practice, according to coach Martin.
Freshman Peppi Miller performed well at 132 pounds, despite missing most practices due to various reasons. WCHS senior Christian Lopez pinned his opponent just over a minute into his match.
WCHS female wrestler Holly Yokley has compiled an almost perfect record this year with a record of 7-1 after her victory Tuesday against a competitive young lady from Cookeville.
She has received an invitation to the girls west regional qualifier Jan. 24 at Ravenwood High School and looks poised to move onto the state tournament in February.
Before that though, she will get another dose of tournament action Jan. 17 when the girls and boys teams both travel to Sewanee to compete in the Mt. Top Tournament.
Also, just before the Christmas break, Yokley traveled five hours to the Bristol Border Duals and finished second in the 138-pound weight class in the girls invitational. Yokley brought home a silver medal after losing by 1 point to the tournament champion.
WCHS female wrestler Lillian and Josephina Roacha also made the trek, finishing sixth and fourth in their respective weight classes.
It was a little tougher against Tullahoma in the night’s second match Tuesday. Tullahoma would tighten its grip on Warren County by claiming the win by a score of 71-12. Jordan Bonner and Matthew Savage would find the strength to pin their opponents. Christian Lopez would fall to Devan Cyree, who is a favorite to win the state for Tullahoma.
The Pioneers hold a 3-15 record as a team, although coach Martin points out that match for match Warren County’s record is much better if you discount all of the forfeits the Pioneers have been forced to take because they don’t have a wrestler in that weight class.
“If we could claim victories on matches that are actually wrestled, our record would be 9-9 in our district,” said Martin. “During preseason we lost our starting 220-pounder to a shoulder injury, and our starting 113-pounder to a broken elbow. In the first match of the year, we lost a team leader and our starting 160 to an elbow injury. Our starting 145 went down to an eye injury and issues related to a concussion shortly after that. Our starting 126 went down with a rib injury and later other issues prevented him from returning. For a team with virtually no depth, these losses were devastating.”
Warren County will have its final home matches Jan. 20 which will be homecoming night for the wrestlers when the Pioneers play host to St. Andrews Sewanee and Shelbyville Central in the final dual of the season. All former wrestlers and supporters are invited to come out and support the team.
Matches will begin at 6 p.m.