SEYMOUR — For the Pigeon Forge Tigers, the Sevier County Championships in wrestling was a chance to show their dominance.
They did just that taking down both Seymour and Sevier County handily, beating Seymour by a score of 65-15 and Sevier County 70-12.
The Tigers recorded 13 pins in the two wins, including Ethan Sutton, Jacob Huskey, Oscar Reyes and Garrett Foreman who had two pins each.
“It means a lot to be able to show these kids that hard work will persevere. That is the big thing and I always preach that to them. A lot of these guys have been wrestling all the way through the program since their youth to the middle school program and now high school,” Pigeon Forge head coach Greg Foreman said. “They get it now that if you have big goals and big dreams and if you are willing to work then nine times out of 10 then you will get really close if not meeting your goal.”
For Seymour, Keegan Perkins earned six points with a pin of Pigeon Forge’s James Justice and Chad Washam picked up three points in a decision win over Colin Gray.
Chad Fillbach pinned Justice for six points for Sevier County in their loss to the Tigers.
Foreman thought his seniors wrestled well on senior night, and while he doesn’t like to single individuals out, he was proud of the six which includes Sutton, Reyes, Mustafi Algarawi, Joseph Skidmore, Khumovn Sattorov and Doug Justice.
“As far as outstanding people today that performed for us I would say our seniors,” Greg Foreman said. “With this being senior night they went out with a bang. They showed senior qualities for a long time.”
The stretch run of wrestling season begins next week with the postseason, and Greg Foreman hopes his team is ready to repeat as state champions once again.
Garrett Foreman and Josh Parton both have the chance to repeat as individual state champions in the coming weeks as well.
“I am happy with their performance and their training,” Greg Foreman said. “I am happy with where they are at right now. The ultimate goal is to peak at the right time. I think they are working toward that and next week is where you want that peak to be. They are doing a good job of their way to being 100% next week.”