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Dix, Knox back in wrestling form


With its two most accomplished wrestlers now fit for duty, the Farragut High School wrestling team will finally be performing at or near full strength.

Though senior Scott Dix is currently unranked in the Division I 140-pound class (presumably due to injury) according to co-head coach Joe Knox, the defending state champ at 140 is back from a pre-season arm injury.

“He’s fine,” coach Knox said. “He’ll be wrestling with us Wednesday (Dec. 29).”

Justin Knox, top-ranked in Division I in the 171-pound class after a second-place state finish last year, is back after missing the annual Pilot Invitational at Knoxville Catholic where he failed to make weight.

Losing in a dual meet competition at Bradley Central Thursday, Dec. 9, the Admirals bounced back with a convincing dual meet victory against Greenback Tuesday, Dec. 14, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium at FHS.

As for Bradley Central, "The score was deceiving, we had two matches that were real close," coach Knox said. At 119, “A.J. Farinella could have won — actually should have won — and Paul Mountain (130) lost with two seconds left (in the match).”

Despite the team loss, junior star Nick Reveiz passed a big test with flying colors. Fourth-ranked in the state in the 215-pound class, Reveiz beat a highly ranked BCHS opponent, while Justin Knox and teammate Chad Blankenship (160) also won.

In the decisive victory against Greenback, FHS winners included Tim Mohan in the 215-pound class — Nick Reveiz won as a heavyweight. The Admirals won 10 of 14 matches against the Cherokees, including every match from 145 and heavier.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

Farragut’s tourney schedule picks up steam after Christmas, starting Wednesday, Dec. 29 (after press deadline), in the Collins Hills Duals in the Atlanta area among a six-team field.

Farragut was scheduled to square off against five powerful schools. Among them is host Collins Hill, Ga., “ranked number one in Georgia, they’re real tough,” coach Knox said; Father Ryan of Nashville, 2004 Division II state champion; Brother Martin, “who is a real tough team that was nationally-ranked from Louisiana;” Spain Park, Ala., a defending state champion, and Stars Mill, Ga., “who was fourth in Georgia last year.”

The Ads then travel to Nashville for the annual Father Ryan Invitational Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8, among a 32-team field. One week later they head to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the 32-team Flagler Beach Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15.



Despite repeated attempts to contact head coach Jason Andersen, no Bearden High School wrestling information was available as of press deadline Tuesday.

 

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