The Soddy Daisy wrestling team suffered one of its most lopsided defeats in recent years when Cleveland registered a resounding 67-3 victory last Thursday.
Soddy Daisy coach Brad Laxton wasn’t real sure just how his young team would respond after such an embarrassing loss, but he was pleasantly surprised a week later after his team beat Walker Valley at the Steve Henry Wrestling Arena.
The final score was 53-24 as the Trojans improved to 9-2 overall with seven pins, one technical fall and one win by injury default.
It was also Senior Night where the Trojans honored five guys in their final season of high school competition, including Ivan Graham, Jacob Pratt, Trey Vincent, Bailey Faires and Justin Watson.
Needless to say, Laxton was much happier after his team’s most recent match.
“I feel pretty good about that one,” Laxton said moments after Eli Coffelt put the finishing touches on the win with a third-period pin at 132.
“That was as good a team effort as I’ve seen this year, but I’m just hoping we’re peaking at the right time. The effort was there as this was two pretty evenly matched teams going after each other. It was just a matter of which team had the most pride and the most want to, but I challenged them before the match and they responded in a positive way.
“The pin we got at 145 was huge for Trey Vincent as he was the underdog and he was trailing. But I thought we responded well following the loss to Cleveland and this is a good win for us,” Laxton added.
Walker Valley coach Alan Morris liked what he saw from his young Mustangs in spots.
“I thought we had a chance to win this match, but there were some things that simply didn’t go our way tonight,” he said after his team’s record dropped to 5-3.
“I liked the way some of our guys looked like someone had lit a fire under them as we wrestled with more intensity. We have a young team and I really never know what to expect, but Soddy Daisy was ready. I know they aren’t as strong as years past, but they still have a fine team.
“We just need to quit making the same silly mistakes, but I guess it takes time to learn stuff like that,” Morris added.
Cole Prestwood gave the Trojans a 5-0 lead with a second-period technical fall in the first match at 138 pounds.
Walker Valley’s Ethan West was leading 5-3 early in the second period in his match with Vincent before momentum shifted and Vincent got the pin call with 1:32 left in the period.
Joey Vecchione put the Mustangs on the board with a second-period pin at 152.
Pins by Landon Lewis, Brandon Addison and Justin Watson and a surprising injury default win for Bailey Faires at 195 gave the Trojans a commanding 35-6 lead before Walker Valley got pins in three of the final six matches.
Walker Valley’s Kallum Lowe was perhaps the toughest loser as Faires was awarded the win by injury default with just four seconds left in the match.
Lowe had a 5-4 lead at the time and had clearly been the aggressor for the entire match, but he had used several timeouts for a bloody nose and the referee awarded Soddy Daisy the win after the blood time had apparently been completely used up.
While Vecchione had Walker Valley’s first pin, teammates Jaden Langford, Austin King and Mario Acevedo all had pins as well for the Mustangs.
Other pin winners for Soddy Daisy included Tristan Hight, Graham and Pratt.
There were no decisions as 11 matches were won by pin, one by technical fall and the other the injury default. There was a double forfeit at 182.
SODDY DAISY 53, WALKER VALLEY 24
(Match began at 138 pounds)
106 – Tristan Hight (SD) pinned Josh Bramlett, 1:52;
113 – Austin King (WV) pinned Cooper Allen, 4:52;
120 – Mario Acevedo (WV) pinned Ivan Graham, 3:12;
126 – Jacob Pratt (SD) pinned Ian Bentley, 2:47;
132 – Eli Coffelt (SD) pinned Markus Rich, 5:02;
138 – Cole Prestwood (SD) won by technical fall over Jackson Davis, 3:09;
145 – Trey Vincent (SD) pinned Ethan West, 2:28;
152 – Joey Vecchione (WV) pinned Bradley Williams, 2:20;
160 – Landon Lewis (SD) pinned Michael Teasley, 5:10;
170 – Brandon Addison (SD) pinned Tristan Mason, 3:06;
182 – Double forfeit;
195 – Bailey Faires (SD) won by injury default over Kallum Lowe;
220 – Justin Watson (SD) pinned Jacob Anderson, 1:59;
285 – Jadon Langford (WV) pinned Will Riddick, 2:19.
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