Cougar Wrestlers Compete In WHC Tournament 1-31-14



Three Cougar Wrestlers Place in WHC Tournament Competition
by David Grindstaff
david@wkyk.com

Mountain Heritage had three individuals to captured places in their weight classes in competition at the Western Highlands Conference Wrestling Tournament at Owen High on Friday night.
Cougar Tim Edwards finished as runner up in the 182 pound weight class to earn top honors for Heritage wrestlers who finished in 7th place overall. Edwards received a bye in the opening round of competition and took a decision over Avery County’s Banner Main to advance to the tournaments championship bout. Edwards put up a good fight in the finals but fell by pin to Mitchell’s Tanner Buchannan. 
The Cougar’s 138 pound Nick Yelton finished third at the conference tourney after winning his consolation final match by pin over Avery’s Preston Childress.  Yelton took down Polk County’s Dustin Calvert in the opening round but lost to Mitchell’s Devin Rowe in the next round. He then took a decision over Hendersonvill’s Waleed Hahlil to advance to meet Childress for the battle for third place.
Tyler McFarland was pinned in the first round by Avery’s Blake Johnson but recovered to make his way to the consolation finals. McFarland pinned Austin Ellenburg of Madison in the next bout but met Avery’s Blake Johnson again in the final bout with the same result, a pin by the Viking wrestler. McFarland took 4th place at the competiton.
In the 106 pound weight class Cougar Ethan Wilson lost in the first round to Avery’s Will Jordan and fell in the second round to Phillip Greene of Hendersonville, while Cougar Tony Phillips fell to Owen’s Evan Briggs in the opening round of the 120 pound competition and also dropped a decision to Avery’s Alex Clark in the second round.
Cameron Stamey represented Heritage in the 126 pound division. After receiving a first round bye, he lost a match to Chase Emory of Polk County.
In the 132 pound division Isaiah Buchanan was beaten by Solomon Duncan of Mitchell in the opening round and fell to Simon Melendez of Hendersonville in the second, while Cougar Jimmy Silvers lost to Colby Maloney of Owen in his opening round match in the 145 pound division and then fell to Anthony Marino of Polk County in the next.
Jacob Morgan received a first round bye in the 160 pound division but fell to Brenna Clark of Avery in the second round, while in the 170 pound division Heritage wrestler Manuel Leyva dropped a first round match to Daniel Bomar of Mitchell and then fell to Damion Cantrell of Polk County.
At 195 pounds Cougar Logan Bryant fell to Jacob Shelton from Madison in his opening round bout and then dropped a decision to Tucker Lowery of Owen, while 220 pound Cougar wrestler Jake Phillips lost his first round match to Tucker McElrath of Mitchell.
Mitchell, which went 6-0 in dual competition in the league this season, won the tournament with 215 points  over second place Avery (159.5 points), third place Owen (143.5), fourth place Madison (126), fifth place Hendersonville (93), sixth place Polk County (60) and seventh place Heritage (34).
The Mountaineers had four champions, three runners up and two third place finishes while second place Avery had the most wrestlers to place in the league competition with two champions, two runners up, three third place finishes and five fourth place winners at the WHC Tournament in Swannanoa.
Cougar wrestlers and Coach Cody Tipton now await the seeding selection in the upcoming 2A west Regional Tournament set for February 14th at Owen where the top 16 wrestlers from each weight class will compete to see who advances to the State 2A tournament in Greensboro.

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