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Bearden wrestlers get best of Admirals, Hardin Valley
McKinley, Walter, McGuire dominant for Floyd’s Dawgs

Bearden opened its wrestling season with a sweep of two neighborhood rivals in dual meets.

The Bulldogs traveled to Hardin Valley Academy Tuesday, Nov. 24, and defeated Farragut 48-32 before slipping past the host Hawks 45-36.

Ian McKinley, BHS standout senior in the 112-pound class, joined Kevin McGuire (145) and 2009 KIL champ Kyle Walter (125) with two-pin victories.

“I'm just taking shots [takedown attempts] now,” McKinley said. “I'm just trying to do all the set-ups to make good shots, and I was not doing that as much before.”

Walter said about his goal, “I'm going to try and go to state and place high. I'm going to go down to 119 ... I’ll wrestle that the rest of the season. I wrestled well tonight, I just hope to keep that up.”

Jake Knox (171) beat HVA's Scott Impellizeri 8-6 and also won by forfeit versus FHS, while Peyton Landers (189) pinned Hawk junior Ben Vaigneur late in the third period.

Jacob Coffin (160) pinned HVA's Blake Bohanan in the first period.

“Some guys showed a lot of heart,” BHS head coach Donnie Floyd said. “Jacob Philpot [135], for example, had a really tough opponent for a first-year wrestler. He showed a lot of heart.

“Peyton Landers bumped up against Farragut (to 215), wrestled tough,” Floyd added. “Came back and got a pin for me in the Hardin Valley match.

“Jake Knox won a really tough match, bumping up a weight, in the Hardin Valley match. Kevin McGuire did really well, got me two pins, along with my two captains [McKinley, Walter]. Overall, I was real happy.”

Hardin Valley did close the evening by beating Farragut 39-28, led by sophomore Tim Vara (152) with two pins for the night, a feat duplicated by HVA heavyweight Alejandro Guizar.

“Practice hard and push everybody to the limit,” said Vara, who finished third in KIL last season at 140 with a goal to compete at 145 this season. “I think I'm doing pretty good, but I need to get better to get where I want to be.”

Sophomore Jackson Beggs (119), a state qualifier last year as a freshman, beat Farragut freshman Jacob Lister 6-0, in addition to winning by forfeit against Bearden.

“I won a lot at AAU, and I trained a lot with some coaches that were very good and helped me out a lot,” said Beggs, who qualified for state while taking second in KIL last season (103) as a freshman. “I came back this year working harder than I was last year so I can make it to state again.”

At 130, Hawk freshman Landon Behn pinned Bearden's Matt England in the first period. Zech Kaser (215), HVA freshman, pinned Bulldog freshman Weston Tassel in the first period.

Farragut was led by seniors Ethan Farinella (140/145), a three-time state qualifier and top-six state finisher as a freshman; Greg Grieco (215), defending Region 2-AAA champion, and Josh Zink, a 171 junior.

Farinella won with two pins, while Grieco beat Bulldog standout Landers 18-7 at 215, then defeated HVA's Kaser 21-6.

“It's hard work ... get the intensity up, and this is just proof right there,” Farinella said. “I'm going to try to win state this year, for sure. ... with hard work and good coaching [Tim Brunson].”

Grieco, coming in cold without any practice straight from his football duty as a standout defensive end, said, “This is literally my first day to wrestle. I wasn't worried, but I knew I was going to be a little rusty.”

Zink defeated Hawk Impellizeri 5-0 after pinning Bearden's Jacob Coffin in the third period.

Skylar Grieco, 112 freshman, beat Hawk freshman Robby Goldshot by majority decision, 16-0. Connor Johnson, a 145 junior, pinned HVA's Daniel Lestinig in the first period. Cole Sommi, FHS freshman, pinned Bulldog Adel Hamdi in the first period.


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