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By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Tigers Defeat Wolverines In Wrestling Home Opener


November 30, 2017

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Rosman sophomore Jack Bradley put on a gutsy performance in his match at 152 pounds. Bradley's opponent rallied late to force overtime, but Bradley scored first in the extra period to claim the win.

After falling in their season opener last week against Brevard, the Rosman Tiger wrestling team looked completely different Tuesday night as they soundly defeated Polk County 50-24.

The Wolverines took the lead off a win in the opening match at 126 pounds, but from there the Tigers didn't look back.

Madison Fisher scored a third-round pinfall victory in the next match to tie things up and Randy Moretz pinned his opponent in the first round to put Rosman ahead 12-6.

Brennan Chapman scored a first-round pin at 145 pounds that gave Rosman an 18-6 lead.

The match of the night was at 152 pounds and featured Rosman's Jack Bradley.

The sophomore had a narrow lead over his opponent going into the final minute of the third round.

Polk's Mitchell Yoder scored a quick reversal and near fall with under 30 seconds left, but Bradley responded with a reversal of his own.

When the flurry ended, the two were tied at 17, sending the match into overtime.

The two clashed early, and Yoder looked to be in position to score the takedown and win, but Bradley somehow held on and gained rear position to take the decision.

The Tigers' dominance continued over the course of the match, as they claimed pinfall victories in five of the next six weight classes, including wins from Cole Holcomb, Dylan DeMoss, Conner Newman, Kayne Smith and Gabe Shipman.

The Wolverines claimed a forfeit victory in the 106-pound slot and Rosman's Shaylan Fisher lost a hard-fought match via pin in the third round in the final bout of the evening.

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After a close contest, Conner Newman scored a pinfall victory in his match at 195 pounds midway through the third period to help Rosman defeat Polk 50-24.

After the match, Rosman head coach Preston Garren said his team was much more prepared for Polk than they had been against Brevard.

"The biggest difference tonight was the guys were much more focused. Everybody wrestled a lot smarter and they really went out there looking for the win," he said.

The Tigers will take part in the West Henderson Falcon Frenzy this Friday and Saturday before traveling to East Henderson next Friday.

Garren said having his team maintain that focus and continue to make progress in practice would be critical to the Tigers' success down the road.

"We've got a young group. So the biggest thing for us moving forward is keeping that focus and working on getting better every day," he said.


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