It took three trips, but the Eagleville wrestling team finally got an opening-round win at the TSSAA Division I Class A/AA duals meet.
The Eagles followed a 60-21 rout of Fairview to win the Region 7-A/AA title with another blowout in the form of a 50-24 victory against Chattanooga Central Friday evening at the Williamson County Ag & Expo Center.
“I think we matched up really good with them,” Eagles coach Steve Solomon said. “Starting off at 170 was a good starting weight for us. We knew we were stronger at the lower weights and we knew if we could get through those heavyweights we’d be OK.”
Eagleville moves on to a 7:30 p.m. match against Greeneville — a 66-15 winner over White House on the heels of nine pins — in tonight’s semifinals. A win there places the Eagles in Saturday’s 7 p.m. title match while a loss sends them to Saturday’s 11 a.m. losers bracket semifinals.
“We’ve got to wrestle for six minutes, go hard for six minutes and believe you can get out of any situation,” Solomon said of the upcoming Greeneville match. “I think we match up good against them.”
The Eagles racked up four pins and three wins via forfeit to cruise to the opening-round victory. The 50 points are the most for Eagleville in the six matches (2-4) it has wrestled at the state duals.
Josiah Tuch opened the match with a 3-1 decision at 170 pounds, giving the Eagles a lead they never gave up.
Pins came from Brandon Wesley (:57), Hayden Hammonds (1:13), Caden Pennington (0:12) — all in the first round — and Casey Dodson (5:02).
Joshua Vasquez (17-2 technical fall) also scored a win for the Eagles, while Ryan Holt, Justin Mote and Ellis Dodson each won via forfeit.
Eagleville forfeited the final three matches when the victory was secured.