Mavericks mat men go 1-2 at state duals

  • Anderson County’s Morgan Dye (215 pounds) scored three points for the Mavs against Pigeon Forge’s Enrique Reyez during the third and final round of Saturday’s TSSAA State Dual Championship Meet. Dye won a decision over Aaron Estes of Munford, and lost by decision to Station Camp’s Logan Duncan while wrestling in the 285-pound class. - Tony Cox

  • Anderson County’s Eli Bratton won by fall (2:34) over Pigeon Forge’s Javier Mate at Saturday’s TSSAA State Dual Championship Meet. Bratton won by fall over Munford’s Maximus Broughton, and lost by decision to Station Camp’s Samuel Beck. - Tony Cox

Making its second-ever trip to the TSSAA state duals, the Anderson County High School wrestling team won a match in the consolation bracket last Saturday.

It was the Mavericks’ first state dual win in school history.

After falling to Station Camp 48-16 in the opening round of the tournament, ACHS won its first match in the consolation bracket when it staved off elimination by outlasting Munford, 45-30, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park in Franklin.

The action opened with a bout in the 157-pound weight class. The Mavericks took a 6-0 lead against the Cougars when Evan Prewitt won by fall over Lucky Serrano, ending the match in 3 minutes, 28 seconds.

The Mavs extended their advantage to 12-0 when their 165-pounder, Josh Bingham, scored another fall, pinning Justice DuBose in 3:57. At 190 pounds, Anderson County’s Ayden Derry pinned Munford’s Lauro Diaz in 1:40.

In the 215-pound division, Morgan Dye picked up three team points for the Mavericks as he won a 7-3 decision over the Cougars’ Aaron Estes.

In the heavyweight division, Eli Bratton pinned Munford’s Maximus Broughton, scoring the fall in 2:43. At 138 pounds, Max Wolfley pinned the Cougars’ Jesse Reed in 5:49.

At 144 pounds, Emery Presson pinned his opponent, Luke Robison, in just 56 seconds. Isaiah Tuckey closed out the match with a forfeit win, scoring six more team points.

In the opener Saturday morning, against the Station Camp Bison, the Mavericks came up on the short end of a 48-16 decision, which bumped Anderson County into the consolation bracket.

Prewitt (150 pounds) won a 9-5 decision over Station Camp’s Cohen Oswald. Bingham won a decision over Kyron Felder 6-3.

Derry won a major decision and scored four team points when he defeated Kaleb Brown of the Bison 14-0.

At 144 pounds, Presson won by fall as he pinned Lee Branson in 1:20.

Region rival Pigeon Forge ended Anderson County’s run in the state duals, The Tigers defeated the Mavs 39-24.

In the 157-pound weight class, Tuckey won a 6-5 decision over Joshua Garcia.

At 138 pounds, Wolfley pinned Lucas Pratt at the 3:34 mark of the bout.

Bratton (285) and Michael Mattson (106) each scored pins. At 215 pounds, Dye defeated Enrique Reyez 5-3.

Anderson County Coach Matt Slone said he was pleased with his team’s effort at the state duals.

“This was only the second time that we’ve ever been, and the first time, we were in the large schools (division), and we got hammered pretty good twice,” Slone said. “We won a match down there, and we had a good weekend.

“I’m happy because we went down there and finished in the top six, and it’s great to have one of the top six teams in the state,” he said.

“Our program is not quite where we’d like it to be. But take nothing away from these kids. This is a special group. Our guys all cheer for each other.”