Eagleville’s wrestling team inched closer and closer to the brink of elimination Thursday night.
But Ellis Dodson jump started the Eagles. And Eagleville did the rest.
Eagleville whipped Fairview 60-21 to win the Region 7-A/AA championship after having to come back to beat Forrest 45-34 in the region semifinals. The win earns Eagleville a berth in next week’s TSSAA State Duals, where it will wrestle at the Williamson County Ag & Expo Center on Jan. 31.
The region title is the Eagles’ third in four years and second straight.
Eagleville trailed Forrest 34-12 in the region semifinals with six matches remaining when Dodson pinned his opponent to cut the deficit to 16.
“I saw our wrestlers just step up to another level that they’ve never been before,” Eagleville coach Steve Solomon said. “It was contagious. Hayden Hammonds had a big win. Caden Pennington had a big win. It just trickled on, and we won the remaining matches.”
Eagleville won the final six matches against Forrest to complete the comeback. Five of the six wins were by pin.
“I thought we were all pumped up after that Forrest match,” Pennington said. “We just kept rolling with all of those pins. That just kept getting us more pumped up.”
And Eagleville continued the momentum from the semifinals into the championship, where it hammered Fairview.
Eagleville jumped 12-3 lead on pins by Andrew Solomon (160) and Heath Hold (182). Fairview made it 24-15 after Fairview 106-pounder Brian Jones pinned Justin Mote. But Eagleville then won five straight matches by pin to finish off the Yellow Jackets.
The quickest pin for Eagleville went to Hammonds, who pinned his opponent at 120 pounds in just nine seconds.