Dragons make region

CHS wrestlers finish second in district duals

  • Clinton High School’s Justice Snyder picked up two wins in last Tuesday’s District 4-A Duals. The Dragons finished runner-up to Halls, which places them in the region duals. - Ken Leinart

  • Clinton’s Riley Silk was upset in his match against Halls during last week’s District 4-A Duals. Silk has been a steady and consistent winner for the Dragons this year. - Ken Leinart

The Clinton High School wrestling team finished second at the District 4-A Duals early last week.

By virtue of their runner-up finish in the district Tuesday, the Dragons qualified for the Region Duals.

The Halls Red Devils were the district champions and they hosted the Region 2-A Duals Tuesday night, but results were unavailable at press time.

The Dragons, Red Devils, Union County and Gibbs made up the four-team field.

The top two finishers at the region duals will qualify for the upcoming State Duals.

Clinton’s Justice Snyder, who competes in the 120-pound weight class, picked up two wins at the district, while Keegan Bolen (182 pounds) and Dalton Kendall (195) each notched victories against Halls in the championship match on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Dragons limped into the district duals, as they had several injuries.

“I feel like if we had lacked injuries, we could’ve been right there against Halls,” CHS Coach Channing McDonald said. “I’ve still got some kids hurting, but I really feel like we’re heading in the right direction.

“Our youth program is doing well and we’ll have some of our (high school) guys back by the time we get into the individual (region and state championships) and I still feel like we can send five or six guys to state.”

Tuesday night’s region duals opened a busy week for the Dragons.

They’ll host rival Anderson County in an in-school dual meet today (Jan. 25) at 11:30 a.m. before heading to Knoxville to take on West High Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Rebels’ senior night.