Hixson Wrestlers Edge East Ridge, 31-27

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

 

It was a Hixson-East Ridge battle from the 1970s. 

Two tradition-rich wrestling programs went at it at Hixson Tuesday night with two tie scores and four lead changes and it came down to the final match.

With the fans from both schools cheering to the end, Hixson’s Ronnie Huff posted a major decision against Jayln Allen worth four team points and a 31-27 team victory.

Huff scored a takedown at the first and end of the opening period, plus an escape to lead 5-4.

Allen gained a tie at 5-5 with a second period escape, but Huff then turned it on with 12 straight points for a major decision to clinch the team triumph.

“Hats off to East Ridge for wrestling a solid match and we came out flat,” said Hixson coach Garrick Hall who now has 199 career wins. “I knew at weigh-ins that they were ready and we weren’t.  They fought off their backs in certain matches, but we were able to come back in the final two matches.”

Starting at 152 with a technical fall by Hixson’s Landon Goforth (5 team points), the Wildcats won four of the first six matches for a 19-6 lead.

The Pioneers then won five of the next six matches to lead 27-22 with two matches remaining.

Hixson then secured the win with a technical fall by Joe Stegall ,followed by Huff’s major decision.

“It was an exciting match, I thought we wrestled well, but Hixson won some big matches at the end,” said East Ridge coach Chris Bird.

Next Matches

Thursday – Two Matches

Hixson Senior Night vs. Tyner, Boyd Buchanan and CCS

Notre Dame honors the late Irish state champ James Jabaley and wrestles East Ridge in a region match.

Hixson 31, East Ridge 27

152 – Landon Goforth (Hix) tech fall Zack Peters, 17-1 … Hixson, 5-0

160 – Matthew Mapp (ER) dec. Ryan Turner, 6-2 … Hixson, 5-3

170 – DeAngelo Johnson (ER) dec. Chris Nicholson, 7-3 … ER, 6-5

182 – Dylan Bargerstock (Hix) dec. Nakota Culver, 3-0 … Hixson, 8-6

195 – McKenzie Martin (Hix) tech fall Doug Salvador, 15-0 4:00 … Hixson 13-6

220 – Bubba Palacio (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 19-6

285 – C.J. Baker (ER) dec. Brody Gregory, 2-1 … Hixson, 19-9

106 – Hunter Owens (ER) major dec. Spencer Groves, 13-3 …. Hixson, 19-13

113 – Logan McDonald (ER) pinned Jacob Newman, 1:45 … Tie 19-19

120 – Konnor Ziegler (Hix) dec. Josh Williams, 8-3 … Hixson, 22-19

126 – Brandon Whitley (ER) pinned Isaac Yates, 5:00 … ER, 25-22

132 - Spencer Griffey (ER) dec. Grayson Layne, 8-2 … ER, 27-22

East Ridge penalized one team point on the coach

138 – Joe Stegall (Hix) tech fall Justin Hitchcock, 23-2 … Tie Score 

145 – Ronnie Huff (Hix) major dec. Jayln Allen, 17-5 … Hixson, 31-27

East Ridge 72, Lookout Valley 6

145 – Justin Hitchcock (ER) pinned Michael Minnick, 1:08 … ER, 6-0

120 – Trent Walliser (LV) pinned Matthew Yarbrough, 2:34 … Tie, 6-6

152 – Zack Peters (ER) forfeit win … ER, 12-6

160 – Matthew Mapp (ER) forfeit win … ER, 18-6

170 – DeAngelo Johnson (ER) forfeit win … ER, 24-6

182 – Nakota Culver (ER) forfeit win … ER, 30-6

195 – Doug Salvador (ER) forfeit win … ER, 36-6

220 – double forfeit

285 - C.J. Baker (ER) forfeit win, ER 42-6

106 – Hunter Owens (ER) forfeit win … ER, 48-6

113 – Logan McDonald (ER) forfeit win … ER, 54-6

126 – Brandon Whitley (ER) forfeit win … ER, 60-6

132 – Spencer Griffey (ER) forfeit in … ER 66-6

138 – Justin Hitchcock (ER) forfeit win … ER 72-6

Hixson 78, Lookout Valley 4

120 – Trent Walliser (LV) major dec.  Konnor Zieger, 12-3 … LV, 4-0

145 – Daegan Le (Hix) pinned Michael Minnick :36 … Hixson, 6-4

152 – Landon Goforth (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 12-4

160 – Ryan Turner (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 18-4

170 – Chris Nicholson (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson 24-4

182 – Dylan Bargerstock (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 30-4

195 – McKenzie Martin (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson 36-4

220 – Bubba Palacio (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 42-4

285 – Brody Gregory (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 48-4

106 – Spencer Groves (Hix) forfeit win …. Hixson, 54-4

113 – Jacob Newman (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 60-4

126 – Isaac Yates (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 66-4

132 - Grayson Layne (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 72-4

138 – Joe Stegall (Hix) forfeit win … Hixson, 78-4 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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