(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
On Thursday afternoon, the restarted program hosted its first match of the season against St. Andrews-Sewanee and Lawrence County, but came up on the short end of the stick in the tri-match, falling to SAS 42-39 and to Lawrence County 48-30.
Despite the overall losses as a team, the several wrestlers found successes in during their individual matches throughout the night.
In the first match against SAS, the Eagles picked up a win in the 106 pound weight class with Jerrimery Jones winning by forfeit.
Shelbyville then had forfeits in the 113, 120, and 126 pound weight classes, but got some action on the mat in the 132 weight class.
Cole Sheardon battled his opponent, Miles Kincaid, fairly tough, but eventually was dealt a pin with 1:27 left in the second period.
Gage Cox, however, bounced back for the Eagles and won by points, defeating his opponent 11-5.
Marcus Bryson continued the good fortunes for the Eagles with a big pin in the second period, barely 15 seconds following the opening whistle.
Marquis Lyons and Tony Patterson both added pins in the 170 and 182 weight divisions. Lyons pinned his opponent just over a minute into the first period, while Patterson pinned Jason Shao in 21 seconds flat.
Things continued much the same in the match against Lawrence County, with both teams picking up several forfeit victories.
As before, Marcus Bryson hit the mat in the 160 weight class and battled Anthony Ortega from Lawrence County, but one slip late in the opening period led to an eventual pin with just over nine seconds left.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
But even with the Eagles trailing just 18-12 heading into the 182 pound match, Tony Patterson was pinned just with just under 30 seconds left in the second period of his final match of the evening.
Teammate Jake Patterson also took a pin in the 195 division with 10 seconds left in the first period.
Cassidy Feisel earned her second victory via forfeit in her division, setting up a showdown at the heavyweight weight class.
Although he faced a bye against SAS, Dallas Castleman manhandled Elroy Bowman and had a couple of early pin opportunities before eventually putting the Wildcat on his back for good with 26 ticks left in the first period.
The Eagles picked up another pin in the 106 division from Jones, who battled his opponent from Lawrence County to the wire.
With both grapplers making several sound moves throughout the match, Jones finally got the upper hand and earned the pin with just :00.9 left.
Lawrence County added another win by forfeit in the 126 division, and another win in the 132 weight class with Coble Sheradon falling about 20 seconds into the second period.
In the final match of the evening at the 138 division, Timothy Byrd fought tough, but eventually was pinned with just under 1:28 left in the opening frame.
During the match between SAS and Lawrence County, the Wildcats pulled away early and never looked back as they enjoyed a 57-28 win.