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BHS wrestlers edge Farragut for 1st time in several seasons

For the first time in a number of years, Bearden beat Farragut in a dual meet wrestling match.

With the Admirals having dominated KIL wrestling since the late 1990s, BHS athletic director and assistant principal Lynn Hill said the Bulldogs’ 39-37 win at BHS Thursday, Jan. 11, was the school’s first “in at least four seasons.”

In addition to gaining 18 points on forfeits in the 112-, 152- and 285-pound weight classes, Bearden picked up victories from Ian Little (119), pinning Kevin Mann; Jacob Coffin (130), pinning Kevin Gaylor; Andrew Birdwell, beating Clayton Ginn 7-3, and Nathan Bevelhimer pinning Allan Cameron.

“This year’s our first win ever, so we’re happy,” Birdwell said. “It’s been quite a while. We’ve got a lot of good freshmen to hopefully build the program up a little bit better.”

BHS head coach Junior Hernandez said, “We did pretty good, I’m proud of the guys. We practice hard. Everybody stuck to what we had to do. We wrestled the way we did at practice. Everybody stayed tough.

“Everybody showed improvement, heart, everything that you need to be a wrestler.”

Farragut grabbed wins from Ethan Farinella (103), pinning Ian McKinley; Joe Perez (125), pinning Christian Barker; Lawton Johnson, beating Hanif Mansoor 18-6; A.J. Farinella (145), beating Sam Bevelhimer 3-1; Greg Greico pinning Preston Seal; Philip Poplawski pinning Cory Sanders and Shane Reveiz pinning Carlos Gonzalez.

Though Mansoor was injured during his eventual loss to Johnson, gutting out the match and avoiding a pin allowed Farragut two less points. “That helped us out, and that proved to him that he’s more than what he started out as his freshman year,” Hernandez said.

Prior to their showdown, both teams easily defeated Kingston. Bearden won 56-18 then Farragut toppled the Yellowjackets 43-8.

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