Eagles pin weekend foe
CHATTANOOGA -- The Shelbyville Central wrestling team picked up a convincing 51-24 dual-match win on Saturday at East Ridge.
Coach Jacky Blosser credited the win to the newcomers on the team stepping up and contributing to the team score.
"The kids looked sharp and wrestled hard. We had the chance to grow a lot and we are consistently getting better every match. Our young freshmen are really coming along faster than I thought," he said.
The Eagles picked up a handful of early forfeits, but saw the first pin of the match come courtesy of C.J. Mezee at the 138-pound weight class.
He pinned East Ridge's Joshua Williams 1:14 into the match.
Shelbyville followed with four straight wins, including a pin by John Freeman in the 152-pound weight class.
Though East Ridge came up with a handful of pins in the heavier weights, the Eagles saw Kane Dandy earn one final decision at the 220-pound class.
"East Ridge has a good program and they placed fifth in last years A-AA state championships, so while they were a bit banged up and had some forfeits, we still looked really good in our matches, no matter if we won or lost. The wrestlers are putting together some quality matches," Blosser said.
Even with all the youth on the Eagles' squad, Blosser is pleased with the direction the program is headed in the early goings of the 2015-2016 season.
"Given the fact that we only have one guy that has wrestled longer than two years, I think the program and the wrestlers are developing at an incredible rate," he said.
The Eagles will be back on their home mat today, hosting region opponent Oakland at 6 p.m.