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Flyers take city title

Published 12:46 pm Thursday, January 8, 2015

Franklin County and Western Hills wrestling teams battled each other in the City Championships at WHHS’ Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium Wednesday.

And it was the Flyers who came away with a 48-18 victory over the Wolverines.

“We wrestled well; we have a lot of youth,” FCHS head coach Jeremy Gardner said. “We won the matches we should have won and we wrestled tough in the ones that were toss ups.”

The most competitive match of the night came in the 138-pound weight class between FCHS’ Cameron Bixler and WHHS’ Robbie Olson. Bixler, an eighth grader, won the match 16-15. It was his first high school match.

County’s Aaron Valentine also won by decision at 152 pounds, defeating Hills’ Josh Morris 9-3.

Three Flyers won on pins. They were Zach Manns (113), Nathaniel Lawrence (120) and Fernando Rebolledo (160). 

FCHS also had four wins by forfeit — Ricky Pervis (106), Dylan Isaacs (126), Matthew Manns (132) and Denwan Hall (220). 

Western Hills won three matches. Two of the victories were on pins by Evan Hanus (195) and Kenneth Singleton (285). Mathew Riley (170) won by forfeit.

“I got a very young team but they are willing to learn; they’re aggressive to points but all the moves are still coming to them,” WHHS head coach Sean Wilkins said. “I’m really proud of them. They’re coming along and progressing how I want them to.”

There was not a varsity match in the 145- and 182- pound weight classes.

The seniors for each team were honored before the match. This year’s seniors for Franklin County are Rebolledo, Hall, Matt Anderson and Jack Anderson. The seniors for Western Hills are Olson and Morris.