In boys’ wrestling action at Treadway Gym on Tuesday night, Elizabethton won its opener 43-42 over Morristown West, but fell 48-24 to Greeneville in a dual meet with Happy Valley.
The Warriors fell to both Greeneville and Morristown West by 54-21 and 42-30 scores, respectively.
“We beat Morristown West earlier this year,” said HV head coach Randy Wood. “Tonight some people that we had hoped to produce did not. Just because you beat someone before doesn’t mean they will lay down for you. I don’t like to lose and I want for my team to feel that way also.”
In a closely contested opening match for ’Betsy, the Cyclones had to forfeit in five weight classes to the Trojans’ one, but EHS got a run going from the 138-pound class through 160 — where Logan Buck pinned Justin Sammons.
The Cyclones had pins starting with Nick Malyar (138), who defeated Ethan Whitehead, followed by Dalton Callahan beating James Gaddy in the 145-pound class.
EHS continued with Brandon Taylor pinning Griffyn Broyles in the 152 class, and finishing the run with Buck.
Stephen Frazier was pinned by Charles Marcum with 56.6 seconds remaining in the opening period, but Cyclones 220-pounder Justin ‘Tank’ Willams scored a pin over Brady Dalton as he continued his march toward a shot at the state.
Williams is currently ranked ninth in the state and continued to show why he is the top grappler in East Tennessee at the 2A level as he finished off Dalton in 40 seconds.
“From the bottom I was able to get up,” said Williams. “He was leaning over the top of me and I was able to flip him. He left his arm out and I went for it, sunk my hips down, got my hips down to the mat, and he wasn’t able to turn me back.”
In the second match of the evening, the Greene Devils and Cyclones each tallied four pins, but two matches decided on points both went Greeneville’s way.
Logan Buck battled Greeneville’s Jared Bond for three periods, but fell 9-5 in the heavyweight division Wesley Stevenson was able to outlast Aaron Sommers 7-2.
“I don’t get caught up too much in the team scores,” said EHS head coach Curt Malyar. “With all the forfeits you get, it’s hard to get a gauge on that. I’m more about the individual matches and getting each wrestler prepared and at his best. It’s all about getting better with each match and making sure they are at their peak for regional.”
For the Cyclones, Nick Malyar pinned Jimmy Bowman at 1:33 of the first period and Callahan pinned Ben Simpson with 20 seconds to spare in the opening period as well.
Stephen Frazier pinned Greene Devil Taylor Britton in 1:13 and Williams battled Greeneville sophomore Jake Sell over three periods before pinning him at 1:40 of the final period.
“I didn’t think I was in control in my match,” said Frazier. “I just waited for him to make a mistake and capitalized on it when he did.”
For Happy Valley, the evening started with a tough loss to Greeneville — with pins going in favor of the Devils by a six-to-three and Greeneville taking two-of-three decisions.
The Warriors’ Timmy Morris pinned Atlas Fagundes in the 133 class, Steven Barnette pinned Jimmy Bowman in the 138 class and Stephen Hughes pinned Britton at 182. Chris Burchfield won a hard-fought decision (9-7) in the 145 class.
In the finale against Morristown West, the Warriors got pins from Zack Cornelly (126), Barnette, Burchfield, Landon Baker (160) and Bradley Wishon (285), but fell to the Trojans in what was a disappointment to Wood as anticpated wins by Morris and Hartley did not pan out.
“Timmy, I felt, should have won his match and Hartley, at 195, I felt should have won also,” Wood said. “That would have flipped the score in our favor, but tonight West was the better team. The same goes for Greeneville.”