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Dix 2nd at Father Ryan Invitational

Although the injury-plagued Farragut High School wrestling team finished only 22nd out of 32 teams at the annual Father Ryan Invitational last weekend in Nashville, “we had a really good weekend,” FHS co-head coach Kerry Ferguson said of his team’s individual efforts.

Tops among those was Scott Dix, ranked second in the state in the 140-pound Division I class, who finished second among a field including most of Tennessee’s best wrestlers among a three-state field. “He beat a couple of state placers,” Ferguson said. “He beat a (Division II) state runner-up from McCallie. He beat a (2003) state placer from Franklin that got fifth. He’s starting to really show some good things now.”

Two other Admirals, Chad Turner (152) and Ryan Farinella (145), each took sixth. Chad Blankenship (160) placed eighth.

“Chad Turner beat a few state-ranked kids,” Ferguson said. “His losses were to real quality kids. One kid is ranked second in the state. Ryan Farinella had a couple of questionable calls go the other way which cost him a higher finish. But other than that he had a really good weekend.”

Injures kept two Farragut wrestlers out of action who are both ranked among the top-five in the state. Justin Knox (171), ranked second in the state in the latest state poll, remains out with a toe injury. Erick Abercrombie (112), ranked fifth in the state in the latest poll, is out with a knee injury.

Knox is expected to miss “two more weeks” according to Ferguson, while MRI results on Abercrombie’s knee are expected back today (Thursday). “I think Eric should be back within the next few weeks,” Ferguson said.

Highly regarded Paul Mountain (125), out with a knee injury since early December, is expected back this week according to Ferguson.

In addition, Turner was forced to default in his fifth-place match due to a shoulder injury suffered earlier in the tournament. “He’ll be back this week,” Ferguson said. “It’s been really bothering him lately.”

FHS carries a 9-4 dual meet record into this week’s action.

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