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Farragut has three runner-ups, while Bearden has two finishing in top four


Bearden’s David Townsend has a good hold on Will Pinkston of Milton (Ga.) High School during this third-place match during last Saturday’s annual Pilot Foot Mart Invitational action at Knoxville Catholic High School.- Teresa Reed/farragutpress
Though Farragut High School’s wrestling team failed to place among the top four during the annual Pilot Food Mart Catholic Invitational Friday and Saturday at KCHS among a 20-team field, several Admirals “held rank.”

Top returning grapplers Erick Abercrombie (112 pound class), Scott Dix (140) and Justin Knox (171) each finished second among a rugged field that included Georgia powers Parkview (first-place finisher) and Lassiter (third) and Chattanooga powers Baylor (second) and East Ridge (fourth). Among West Side teams, Farragut took seventh, with Catholic ninth, Bearden 14th and Webb 17th.

More on Bearden, Catholic and Webb’s individual successes later in this article.

FARRAGUT

As for Abercrombie, “he did real well, he had a big win in the semifinals,” first-year co-head coach Joe Knox said of Abercrombie’s 8-1 victory against Gibbs’ Elee Puckett. “He was third in the state, the Gibbs kid, last year.”

As for Dix, “he gets better every match,” Knox said.

As for Justin Knox, the coach’s younger brother, his trip to the 171 finals was derailed not by losing, but by injury.

“During warm-ups before his semi-final match, where the joints meet under the big toe, something ruptured,” coach Knox said.

Justin Knox’s condition was not known as of press time, but the talented grappler had to forfeit the championship match to Steven Stromie of Parkview.

Despite the injury, Justin Knox still managed to whip Doug Vaughan of Baylor 18-8 before having to retire.

Coach Knox said that Paul Mountain, fourth at 125, “had a real good performance, he really stepped it up, he’s looking real tough.” Coach Knox, who along with co-head coach Kerry Ferguson return to FHS less than four years after graduating (Class of 2000), also praised Ryan Farinella, who finished fifth at 135.

BEARDEN

Bulldog skipper Robert Brown was extremely happy following his team’s weekend effort.

David Townsend (152), ended the BHS day with a 4-3 victory against Will Pinkston of Milton, Ga., earning him third-place.

Moments before, Aaron O’Hern finished fourth at 145.

“They did an amazing job, they represented us very well,” Brown said. “They’re two of the hardest workers on our team.”

Brown singled out two other Bulldogs who came close to qualifying (being in the top six).

“Scott Wesselman (171), he was 30 seconds away from being in the top six,” Brown said. “Mondlane Harrison-Conwill (140) he had some tough matches, but he did well.”

KCHS, WEBB

Catholic’s Hoa Hoang (103) and Webb’s Dean Smith (145) finished second, while Irishmen Joe Bisch (160) and Tim Vance (130) each took fourth-place.

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