PF wins 3rd-straight county wrestling crown
For the third year in a row, the Pigeon Forge Tigers are county wrestling champs.
The Tigers scored wins over Sevier County (56-13) and Seymour (45-21) Tuesday night at Seymour High to earn the title yet again.
“I was really, really proud of how some freshmen stepped up and wrestled,” PFHS coach Greg Foreman said. “Maybe not winning a match, but keeping it a three-point loss and not a six-point loss.”
It’s effort like that, Foreman said, that the Tigers will need to advance as postseason duals roll around.
“That’s what it takes,” he said. “It doesn’t take winning 14 matches, but wrestling with heart, as hard as you can for 14 matches. A three-point loss versus a six-point loss (is huge in team wrestling).
“In state title matches it’s been bonus points, like that, that lost it for us, and that’s going to make the difference between a state title and not. I was extremely proud of how the young kids fought and started to make sense of that concept.”
The final match of the evening, between the Tigers and Eagles, was essentially the championship bout.
The Eagles had beaten Sevier County 48-19 in the night’s second match to ensure the two unbeaten teams would face in the even’s last event.
While Sevier County lost by lopsided scored in both of their team matchups, the Bears showed a discernable improvement from the past and scored some upset victories against the routinely successful programs from Seymour and Pigeon Forge.
But, as most expected, the main event was the final match between the Tigers and Eagles.
There Foreman’s team did what it’s done for the past three seasons.
The coach said he’s glad his team won, especially because of the momentum it affords the squad heading into next week’s regional duals.
“The thing I like about this (tournament) is the timing of it,” he said. “More than anything it prepares us for region duals and state duals and stuff like that, because this is obviously a big match and means a lot to the kids. It’s really good to have this kind of match when it gets near the end here.”