CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. It was a night of perfection for Bruno Reagan, Tyler Crane, Kiel Russell and Dequan Wiggins and it led to the same for Clarksville High.
Their efforts combined with the rest of the sweat equity put in by the rest of the Wildcats pushed them to wins over Dickson County (37-34), West Creek (43-20) and Northwest (59-10) Thursday night in a quad-dual wrestling match at West Creek High and virtually assured that Clarksville High will have the top seed for the Region 14 Dual Tournament on Jan. 24.
Dickson County went 2-1 on the night with a 57-21 win over Northwest and a tightly contested 41-36 victory over West Creek.
West Creek went 1-2 Thursday night with its win coming over Northwest 43-33 in the first round of the night.
Usually, beating three opponents in a night is a good thing, and it clearly was for Clarksville High. But the Wildcats hoped to be a little more dominant in their trifecta of triumphs.
“We got a young team and at times I feel like we wrestle down to our opponents and our competition,” said the 170-pound Crane, who won all three of his matches by pin. “We wrestled and won a big match over Dickson County and slacked a little against West Creek, but hopefully we can fix that up a little bit.”
“We had a tough match to start against Dickson and started really strong against West Creek going up 30-something points to zero, but then we got to the latter weights and started giving up points and bonus points,” Reagan said. “And bonus points tend to be a problem for us, but they were a big deal for us tonight against Dickson County a team that was riled up to beat us. We used the bonus with Kiel’s win over the No. 5 wrestler at 182 (Dickson County’s Fletcher Valentine) and there’s your three-point margin.”
And the win over Dickson County was special.
“Dickson had been talking a lot of stuff about us,” said Wiggins, who won his matches against Dickson County and West Creek but did not wrestle against Northwest. “We’re just glad we ended it and they know we beat them fair and square without saying a word about them.
But the three-point margin of victory over Dickson County wasn’t exactly what Clarksville High coach Jacky Blosser had hoped for. He wanted a little more and especially because neither team was at full strength.
“We didn’t have our line up the way we want and we’re not at full strength because of some kids we have out,” Blosser said. “But Dickson County was going through the same thing and having a close match like that you sit there and realize we have to take this a little more seriously.”
“Don’t get me wrong, the kids wrestled hard, but I think we were a little over confident. I think in our heads we were thinking, ‘We’re the 18-time region champs. This is Clarksville High and we just don’t lose dual meets. We’ve dealt with that a little this year. The 18 region championships are wonderful, but we’re judged more at what we do at the state tournament, where CHS has been pretty good at, too. We just want to make sure the kids stay grounded. They’ve been amazing.”
James D. Horne is a free-lance writer for The Leaf-Chronicle and can be emailed at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @bigdog_JamesD.