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Injuries derail Farragut wrestlers
Eagle Invitational turns on Mountain knee injury

An injury to wrestler Paul Mountain may have changed Farragut High School’s championship fortunes during the Eagle Invitational Saturday at Seymour High School.

The Admiral grapplers and Maryville were each 2-0 in pool play as they squared off in the pool play final at the 12-team tournament.

Mountain, who finished fourth last week in the prestigious Pilot Food Mart Invitational at Knoxville Catholic in the 125-pound class, was ahead of his MHS opponent 5-4 when suffering a knee injury and having to forfeit. Maryville went on to win the team match 36-29, eliminating FHS from title contention.

“That was a real devastating loss, that kind of changed the momentum of the whole day,” said FHS co-head coach Kerry Ferguson said.

“Paul losing that match, that was kind of a turning point,” FHS co-head coach Joe Knox said. “That was at least a nine-point swing, Paul was winning the match and we would have got three points, but they got six. But accidents happen.”

Mountain, who had won his first two matches Saturday, was coming back from a torn MCL in the same knee — originally injured in June — that he reinjured Saturday. “He had surgery, had his knee scoped,” Knox said, “but he was back in August, I believe.”

There was no word as of press time Tuesday as to the seriousness of Mountain’s injury.

Meanwhile, standout wrestler Justin Knox (171) participated in only one match (a pin versus Maryville) as he recovers from a toe injury. Knox, who was far below 100 percent during that MHS match according to coach Knox, is not expected to wrestle again for at least two weeks.

FHS went on to lose two consolation matches Saturday, falling to Sevier County 52-30 then losing to Halls 36-33.


“Scott Dix (140) went five-and-0, Erick Abercrombie (119) won all of his matches,” coach Ferguson said while pointing out the day’s top FHS performances. “Chad Blankenship (160) looked really good (winning all five matches, four by pins). Aaron Odum (152), he was three-and-0. Ryan Farinella wrestled real well, he just wrestled some real tough competition.

“Chuck Layton finished real strong in his last match (130), he had a really good day.”

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