Good weekends for Pigeon Forge, Seymour wrestling
Pigeon Forge finished third out of 25 wrestling teams over the weekend at the Falcon Frenzy Invitational.
The Tigers earned three second-place finishes and a pair of fourth-place finishes on the weekend. Only North Buncombe, N.C. and Enka, N.C. finished higher in the team standings.
“This was good, early season test for us,” said Pigeon Forge coach Greg Forman. “There were some weight classes with multiple N.C. state placers and a couple of weight classes had multiple state champions in it. Again, this allowed us to see some top caliber competition early-on, and see how we match up and how we respond.”
Jacob Ruiter (106 pounds), Matthew Kieta (120) and Josh Croley (132) all finished second. Isaac Frye (152) and Alex Breeden (195) both were fourth. Franklin Darnell was fifth at 145 while Gary Reagan (138) and Xavier Bohanan (160) picked up sixth-place finishes.
The Tigers face Farragut and Karns in Knoxville Tuesday before traveling to Jefferson County Thursday where they’ll face Greeneville in a rematch of last year’s A/AA state title match.
Knox Catholic Invitational
KNOXVILLE — Seymour finished seventh out of 24 teams over the weekend at the Knox Catholic Invitational.
The Eagles earned 126.5 points, including a pair of third-place finishes in Dillon Baldwin (220) and Chris Poore (113). Ethan Joyce was fourth at 138 pounds and Grant Wallen finished fifth at 132 pounds.
Sevier County was 16th overall with 48 points. Eugene Hennigan finished sixth for the Smoky Bears in the 120-pound bracket.
“All in all Seymour had a good showing at the two-day tournament,” said Eagles coach Alex Cate. “However it is early in the season. We have a lot of work to get where we need to be by February.”
Seymour will host the Bears, William Blount, Gibbs and Morristown West Tuesday at 6 p.m.