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WCMS wrestling wins district title
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Photo provided The WCMS wrestling team won the district championship last week. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Kenley Mitchell, Declan McAbee, Jakoby Odineal, Jaylan Clayton, Braylor Jones, Burgess Galligan, Drake Jefferson, Owen Stanford and Anden Green. Back row, coach Ben Matheney, Kaden West, Tyler Jefferson, Peyton Ray, Canaan Curtis, Devon Seymour, Colton Gater, Preston McAbee and coach Joe Damon.

There is plenty of fight in the WCMS wrestling team. The rest of the district found out last weekend just how powerful the Pioneers are during the biggest tournament to date in middle school wrestling.

The Pioneers claimed the District 1 championship last Saturday, sweeping through Overton County, Prescott South, Avery Trace, Upperman and Algood for the title. Warren County is now the back-to-back champ in the district, proving the Pioneers are a force on the mat.

“This is one of the toughest teams I’ve had and I’ve had some tough groups the last several years,” said coach Ben Matheney. “Winning the district was huge. We were moved into a tougher district this year and several wrestlers stepped up big.”

Algood was expected to be the team to beat at the tournament, but the Pioneers concluded their day with a 40-36 victory over their foes from Cookeville. It concluded a run of domination where Warren County smashed Overton County and Avery Trace 72-10 and 81-0, respectively, took down Prescott South 63-16 and topped Upperman 54-28.

There were plenty of standouts for the Pioneers throughout the day. Kaden West and Canaan Curtis stood out late, with both their wins playing huge parts in Warren County topping Algood. It was a true team effort though as the Pioneers are stacked with stars.

Anden Green, Huck Damon, and Burgess Galligan – all seventh graders – have just one loss this year each and are always in the running to win their respective weight classes. Kenley Mitchell, who has battled illness that held him out of some matches, is another seventh grader who has been shining of late.

Coach Matheney also expects Preston McAbee, an eighth grader, to be a force every match in his weight class and has gotten a big boost from football players Peyton Ray and Colton Gater joining the team this year. Add in DeClan McAbee coming on strong as a sixth grader and Braylor Jones doing work at 100 pounds and Warren County has a roster full of capable wrestlers.

Fans can see the Pioneers at home soon when the squad hosts the CTC conference individual and dual championships on Dec. 3-4 at WCHS. It will be the fourth-straight year Warren County has been the host site for the event and the Pioneers will certainly be in the running for lots of hardware at the championships.