Warren County wrestling held senior night Tuesday at home versus Shelbyville Central High and St. Andrews Sewanee. Warren County started the season with more than enough to compete, but as injuries started to occur the team has dwindled down to only 10 members.
The 10-member Warren County team is always looking for a match and is not intimidated by who brings it. Up first for Warren County Tuesday night was the Shelbyville Central High Eagles and the Eagles flew out of town with a win, 54-17. The Eagles won four matches to the Pioneers three matches, but the forfeits cost Warren County the majority of its losses and made the final score look one-sided.
Pioneer Christian Lopez was able to pick up a win over his opponent in the 126-pound match, a win that did not come easy for Lopez. After waiting patiently, Lopez knows just when the right opportunity comes along. Being a senior, Lopez has also learned to be patient on the mat and not to panic in his matches and his ground game shows it.
Pioneer Jordan Bonner has made a name for himself in the 170-pound class and Tuesday night he made his presence known early by defeating his opponent by pinning his shoulders to the mat. Bonner’s strength and ability to work his way out of a hold makes him very hard to deal with.
Pioneer Matt Savage pinned his opponent in 3:17 in the 195-pound class. Savage felt his opponent out and when he saw the chance to shoot for the leg, he seized the chance and gained momentum. Once Savage had his Eagle opponent off his feet he went to work and got the win in quick fashion.
Lady Pioneer Hollie Yokley would make short work of her Lady Eagle opponent in the girls match winning by pinfall. Yokley loves to get in there and mix it up. She has a very aggressive style and typically controls the pace.
In the second match of the night, it would be Warren County versus St. Andrew Sewanee Mountain Lions in a much closer matchup. Warren County would get by this match with a 33-33 tie.
Other Pioneers would pick up wins only by way of default but Lopez and Yokley would be the only two from Warren County to find wins by actually being in a physical match versus an opponent.
For Warren County, Lopez had a little tougher time holding off the attack from a Lion than the Eagle.
His patience came into play in the second match and he was able to outlast his opponent’s aggressive attempts and out score him in the end for the win.
Yokley was quick out of the gate just as her previous match gaining the upper hand putting her opponent on the mat very quick, but it did take some doing once on the mat and eventually Yokley had her right where she wanted her, pinning her opponent for the win and sending the Mountain Lions away with a tie.
Yokley will compete this weekend at Ravenwood High School in a Tennessee west girls regional qualifier for the state tournament. If she can manage at least a fourth-place finish in the 138-pound class, she will earn the right to represent Warren County in the state tournament.
Warren County wrapped up its home wrestling season Tuesday night, but has several away matches and tournaments still to play.
The boys will have their shot to earn a bid to the state at the region 5AAA tournament at Seigel High School on Feb 6-7.