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Greeneville Wrestles Its Way To Wins Over South Greene, Morristown East

Originally published: 2013-12-18 11:35:59
Last modified: 2013-12-18 11:35:59



The Greeneville wrestling team rolled to a pair of wins in duals action at GHS Tuesday night.

The Devils started with a 73-6 win over Morristown East and then finished the evening by beating South Greene 66-18. Morristown East took down the Rebels 48-29 in the opening match of the night.

"Overall, we wrestled really, really well," Greeneville coach Randy Shelton said. "The two scores indicated that. Overall we wrestled well as a team and we're doing things right. At this point in the season that's all you can ask for."

Bryson Knight (220) set the tone early for Greeneville by picking up a first-period pin of East's Kevin Tate. One match prior Nick Foster (195) earned six team points for Greeneville as a result of disqualification.

Evan Grooms (285) recorded a first period pin, and then Dylan Johnson (106), Joey Campbell (113), Grayson Reed (120) and Jon Boatman (126) all scored up second-period pins to get Greeneville out to a perfect 42-0 start.

Josh Vance (132) came to the mat next for the Devils and battled through a tight three-round match that went into the third round tied 2-2. In the final round, Vance broke the stalemate and picked up one escape point which gave him the 3-2 win and Greeneville a 45-0 team lead.

Ethan Spradlin (138) followed with a pin and then Tristan Irvin (145) picked up a major decision for Greeneville.

"All three of my captain went out there and did their jobs," Shelton said. "They all went undefeated and Ethan Spradlin was a guy that went out and did a good job for us."

"He's a guy that has been behind state medalist-type wrestlers his whole career. We put him in the lineup at 138 and he came out and got a great pin for us. My hat's off to Ethan."

Justin Carlson (152) won by forfeit and Greeneville had scored 61 team points before the Hurricanes could get on the board.

Preston Horner (160) tallied Morristown East's only points with a pin of Dylan Malone.

Walker Brown (170) picked up one more pin for the Devils and Julius Gross (182) finished the match with a forfeit win.

Against South Greene, Knight once again got things rolling for Greeneville with a first-round pin of Cristhian Cisneros.

In the heavy weight bout, the Rebels' Richie Lowery defeated Nic Roberts in a hard-fought battle that saw both grapplers exchange point before Lowery took the upper hand and picked up the pin 40 seconds into the second round.

Johnson, Reed and Campbell won via forfeit and put Greeneville up 24-6.

Clay Alley (126) pinned Tyler Trombley and Derek Hendricks (132) pinned Austin Tipton, both coming in the first period.

Jackson Renner, Irvin and Carlson continued the pin streak for Greeneville as the Devils pushed out in front 54-6.

Caleb Brown (160) had a very strong showing for South Greene and also broke Greeneville's pin streak while picking up a pin of his own in 1:26.

Joey Goforth (170) and Walker Brown each picked up forfeit wins for Greeneville but South Greene was able to take one more win in the final match.

Nick Foster made Brandon Kelley battle for three rounds but after taking a 13-4 lead and just before the final buzzer Kelly got the pin.

At the early point in the season Shelton is looking for more form is team and knows they have to get better to make it back to the state tournament to defend their state title.

"We're getting better but we're rough right now," Shelton said. "There are so many things we can improve on. We have some injuries and getting those kids back will really help, but rough is the best way to put it right now. We're wrestling well but we're not wrestling state championship well right now."

South Greene fell to Morristown East 48-29 on in the first match on Tuesday but despite the margin the Rebels were very competitive in the match.

South Greene lost four matches and 24 points to forfeit in their 19-point loss.

Brandon McGhee (138) put South Greene on the board first with a technical fall win over Dennis Hernandez.

Bobby Jesse (152 )picked up South Greene's next points with a forfeit victory to make the score 11-36.

The big guys then finished things strong for the Rebels with three wins from their three heaviest wrestlers.

Kelley (195) pinned Michael Keisling, Cisneros (220) pinned Kevin Tate and Lowery (285) pinned Wyatt Short. All three pins came in the first round and all three picked up six team points for South Greene.

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