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Maverick grapplers finding success early in the season

Early season success continued for the Anderson County High School wrestling team early last week as the Mavericks won a dual meet at home.

ACHS picked up all its wins by pin or forfeit as it defeated William Blount 48-30 on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Mavericks’ coach Matt Slone said he was pleased with his squad’s performance against the Governors.

“I’m happy with the way we wrestled,” Slone said. “We’ve still got to get guys healthy, get guys healthy and get guys back from football.

“I think William Blount is young at some spots, so the guys that I expected to go out, take care of business and get a pin, did.”

In the 120-pound division, Gabe Dietlin pinned William Blount’s Johnny Walker.

Tucker Markland (126 pounds), Gage Henegar (132), Lucas Prewitt (138), Evan Prewitt (145); Apache Thomas (152); Ayden Derry (195) and Hunter Davis (220) all recorded victories via the pin.

Kyle Buckner, who wrestles in the 182-pound weight class for the Mavs, won by forfeit.

Slone said he was pleasantly surprised by a match that didn’t figure in the team scoring.

ACHS 170-pounder Joe Rygelski put up a valiant effort in an exhibition match before losing by fall in the waning seconds of his match.

“That was a pleasant surprise. Joe wrestled well and he competed hard,” Slone said. “He got pinned in the last few seconds but was only down by like four points when it happened.”