CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – With the District 14 Duals less than a week away, the area wrestling teams were busy positioning for a postseason run through to state duals that will start at the beginning of February.
West Creek has the most consistent of all the city’s district squads, and the Coyotes proved Tuesday night that they will be the team favored to capture the district duals next Tuesday.
Rossview’s Jake Beatta grapples with West Creeks’ Diego Martinez during their 152-pound match during the quad meet at Rossview Tuesday night.
The Coyotes knocked off Northwest and Rossview in a four-team wrestling meet Tuesday at Rossview High School. Northeast also participated in the event but was beaten by Northwest as the Vikings secured the No. 4, and final, seed in next week’s district duals.
“If you were going to tell me at the beginning of the season that we’d be where we are, 17-13 (record), this late in the season, I would have thought you were lying,” Northwest wrestling coach Ben Smitherman said. “We are so young. We have nine (out of 14 weight classes) that are freshmen and sophomores and they show up to work hard every single day.”
The Vikings started out Tuesday night with a 48-31 loss to West Creek, but Smitherman was without three starters who were out for “various reasons”.
“We were shorthanded,” he said. “That really hurt us. If we had all the bullets in the gun, I think we could have matched up better with West Creek and I think could have competed against Rossview. I feel like we’re a better team than we showed.”
That better team showed up against Northeast, as the Vikings handled the Eagles 42-33.
“If I was anybody else, I wouldn’t want to wrestle us right now,” Smitherman said.
West Creek dominated the quad match as coach Zach Suggs got several athletes back from injury. The Coyotes had three pins in its win against Northwest then staved off a rally from Rossview in what has become one of the city’s more heated rivalries on the mat.
“We love wrestling each other,” Suggs said. “Neither Rossview or West Creek needs any more reasons to get pumped for that match. It’s become such a great rivalry for both teams. I think it’s even more so than us and Clarksville High.”
Nick Raines, at 220 pounds, continued his stellar season, picking up a win against Rossview and pushing his dual record to 36-5. Jose Intriago (132) also captured a win Tuesday night against the Hawks.
But Rossview, who dropped Northeast 48-28 earlier in night Tuesday, was not devastated by the loss. The Hawks are 30-14 during the dual season.
“I’m not sure if that 30 wins is a school record, but we’re sure trying,” Rossview coach Daniel Cozine said. “I think we’ll be ready for next week.”
Adam Couly (106) avenged two previous losses to his West Creek counterpart Tuesday to come away with a victory, while the Hawks’ John Kim, a JV wrestler at 138 pounds, and freshman Ricky Gonzalez (126) also responded with a win Tuesday against the Coyotes after losing to the same opponent last week.
The only question that remains is who will be the No. 1 seed for the district duals next week. Rossview has lost to West Creek twice and beaten the Coyotes once this season. West Creek’s lone district loss was to Clarksville High, while Rossview has beaten the Wildcats. West Creek, Rossview, Clarksville High and Northwest will all compete in next week’s district duals.
“I’m not sure how it all will be figured out in the end in terms of which team is where,” Suggs said. “I think we’re the No. 1 seed because we’ve beaten Rossview twice now and our only loss is to CHS. I’m not sure how it will be. We’ll have to find out.”
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