East Ridge Wrestlers Overwhelm A Weakened Hixson, 63-18

Pioneers Register 10 Pins As A Tuneup For Notre Dame On Friday

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - by John Hunt

The East Ridge Pioneers wasted very little time taking care of business in their wrestling match with the Hixson Wildcats Tuesday night.

Taking just over 40 minutes from the first whistle to the last, the home-standing Pioneers tuned up for Friday's big match with Notre Dame by winning 11 of the 12 matches contested, including 10 by pin, as they waltzed to a 63-18 victory.

Hixson has already qualified for the State Duals on Feb. 1-2, but the Wildcats were seriously short-handed on Tuesday with more than half of their team either hurt or sick.

 

Rather than cancelling the meet, Hixson coach Garrick Hall saw it as an opportunity for some of his younger and less-experienced wrestlers to see an opponent other than a practice-room teammate. The Wildcats didn't respond to the challenge as the Pioneers ripped and romped to their 23rd victory against seven defeats.

"We got a lot of pins, but this is a nice momentum builder for Friday's match with Notre Dame," East Ridge coach Brad Laxton said after the last match had ended.

"It's kind of bittersweet because we're wanting to get better, but with all of the quick pins, we didn't have much time to work on anything.  We know that wasn't their varsity squad, but it's hard to not be happy with the intensity and the effort that our kids showed.

"I really didn't know what to expect, but I hope we learned something from it.  I know they got a good look at what we have to offer," Laxton said, knowing that if his team beats the Fighting Irish on Friday, they'll join the Wildcats for the A-AA State Duals in Franklin next weekend.

Konnor Zeigler and Travis Roberson both received forfeits for Hixson in the first two matches, but the only other win recorded by the Wildcats was a second-period pin by Tarik Twitty at 170.

Spencer Griffy was the only East Ridge wrestler who didn't earn a pin, but he did record a topsy-turvy 17-12 decision at 126 that drew the Pioneers to within 12-9.

Seven of the 10 pins by the Pioneers took place in the first period, including six in the first minute.

Robert McAvoy had the quickest at 23 seconds while teammates Brandon Whitley and Kendall Small  were both finished in 27 seconds.

Justin Hitchcock was victorious in 30 seconds while Brandon Cantrell needed just 32 seconds and Nakota Culver 44.

C.J. Baker had the other first-period pin in 1:32 at 220.

Josh Kilgore, DeAngelo Johnson and Will Garner had the other East Ridge pins.

Hixson's Hall wasn't really surprised or shocked at the final outcome.  However, he was somewhat disappointed that more of his guys didn't respond to the challenge.

"It went about as planned.  We had a few guys who scrapped and fought, but this was a good chance for some of our younger guys to see what competition like this is all about.  They found out what they were made of.

"We were looking to see who had the guts to really battle in a tough situation.  A lot of them had a good opportunity, but most of them didn't take advantage," Hall added.

While East Ridge improves to 23-7 with Tuesday's win, Hixson is now 18-5.

EAST RIDGE 63, HIXSON 18

(Match started at 106 Pounds)

106 -- Konnor Zeigler (H) won by forfeit;

113 -- Travis Roberson (H) won by forfeit;

120 -- Brandon Whitley (ER) pinned Nick Underwood, :27;

126 -- Spencer Griffy (ER) dec. Isaac Yates, 17-12;

132 -- Justin Hitchcock (ER) pinned Attalla Aziz, :30;

138 -- Robert McAvoy (ER) pinned Conner Keefe, :23;

145 -- Josh Kilgore (ER) pinned Ronny Huff, 5:02;

152 -- Kendall Small (ER) pinned Parker Ward, :27;

160 -- DeAngelo Johnson (ER) pinned Spencer Waites, 3:05;

170 -- Tarik Twitty (H) pinned Tabrin Walker, 3:32;

182 -- Nakota Culver (ER) pinned Blake Oakley, :44;

195 -- Brandon Cantrell (ER) pinned John Green, :32;

220 -- C.J. Baker (ER) pinned Austin Gilkey, 1:32;

285 -- Will Garner (ER) pinned Rasaan Sanders, 2:16.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


PHOTOS: More CFC Action From Saturday's 3-0 National Semifinal Win

Booger And Michael Brooks And Jerry Coffman Win At Cleveland Speedway

Saturday night at Cleveland Speedway was "Kids Bike Nite" and after giving away over $500 worth of various age/gender bicycles (courtesy of Doss Motors and Walmart Super Centers) the evening's features got rolling to a Brooks Bros Racing squared up weekend.   Booger and Michael Brooks, both of Chattanooga, found their respective way to A-1 Towing Victory Lane. Booger in ... (click for more)

$40 Million Traffic Improvement Set To Connect Hamilton Place More Directly With I-75 And Ease Congestion On Shallowford Road

The city, state and CBL & Associates are cooperating on a $40 million plan to make the Hamilton Place section more accessible to Interstate 75. The upcoming project will provide a direct connection for southbound I-75 traffic with Hamilton Place Boulevard. The project will also provide a new connection for those on Hamilton Place Boulevard to enter I-75 northbound. ... (click for more)

Owners Of Trucking Firm Involved In Tragic Wreck At Ooltewah Exit Ask That Cases Be Moved To Federal Court

The owners of a Kentucky trucking firm involved in a wreck in which six people were killed at the Ooltewah exit of I-75 on June 25 are asking that lawsuits in the matter be handled in Federal Court. Cool Runnings Express owners Billy and Cretty Sizemore are asking that the initial suit brought by Ryan Humphries of Cleveland, Tn., be moved from Hamilton County Circuit Court. ... (click for more)

How To Be #ChattanoogaStrong

Chattanooga is my home; I was born here 35 years ago. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most challenging times in our city's history. The #ChattanoogaStrong hashtag will remain for quite some time, but it means so much more than 18 characters on social media. It represents the sorrow and mourning, as well as the resilience and compassion, of our exceptional community.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)