Harpeth, Cheatham County Central and Sycamore all competed in the annual Battle of the County wrestling meet in Pleasant View on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Harpeth defeated Cheatham County Central in the first match, while Sycamore also defeated Cheatham County Central in the second match. In the final match, Sycamore and Harpeth went toe-to-toe and the Indians were able to pull off the victory.
The event also served as Sycamore’s Senior Night. Izzibelle Heck, Hope Vaughan and Aiden Barker were each honored with commemorative photo plaques.
In the first match, Harpethdefeated Cheatham County Central 42-30 behind pins from Jr. Lucio, Tell Magness, Cooper Edwards and Dakota Delang. Maynard was the lone Cheatham Cub to get a pin.
The second match put Cheatham County Central up against the War Eagles. Sycamore was able to get out to a quick lead thanks to a pin from Dalen Kimble. Ariel Rojas-Avil, Logan Heckert, Micah Webb and Luke London also went on to pin their opponents. Jay Hires picked up the lone pin for Cheatham in its final match.
The third and final match pitted host Sycamore against Harpeth in a tight competition. Harpeth got pins from Josh Chester and Payton Boyde. Sycamore freshman Logan Heckert got the War Eagles’ lone pin of the dual.
Harpeth later pulled out the 33-28 win thanks to an important win from Jr. Lucio in the later stages of the match.
“I felt like we performed well, but there were some areas where we were probably on our hips a little too much,” Harpeth coach Ricky Woods said. “That’s something we’re definitely going to have to work on going into the region tournament because that’s something the referee is going to look for. Just a few things that we’re going to take from here and take to the practice room tomorrow. We’ve got some experience on this team like Jr. Lucio, who’s a two-time third place medalist at state. But we’ve got some younger guys that we expect to step up as well like Taylor Turner, Payton Boyde and Tell Magness. We’ve got some guys that can come in and contribute, so we plan on having a strong region tournament.”
Sycamore coach Steve Hamblin was pleased with his team’s effort despite coming up short on their home mats.
“Our kids wrestle hard every night, every time they get on the mats,” Hamblin said. “We’ve got quite a few kids that were sick this week, so we’ve got to clear that up. We had four starters out tonight because they’ve been out, and I didn’t want to put them out there and take the chance of them getting hurt with region tournament coming up.
“I can’t take anything away from Ricky (Woods) - their guys came to wrestle tonight and did well. We’ve been a strong tournament team all season, and I expect that to continue. We’ve got about ten days to work, prepare and get ready.”