Mustangs, Blue Raiders wrestle to wins over Cookeville inside 'The Stable'

Posted 12/5/18

The Walker Valley Mustangs and Cleveland Blue Raiders both improved their season wrestling records by one match Tuesday, with tri-meet wins over visiting Cookeville.The Mustangs finished up the night …

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Mustangs, Blue Raiders wrestle to wins over Cookeville inside 'The Stable'

The Walker Valley Mustangs and Cleveland Blue Raiders both improved their season wrestling records by one match Tuesday, with tri-meet wins over visiting Cookeville.

The Mustangs finished up the night with a 60-17 win over the Cavaliers to run their record to 3-0. The No. 1-ranked Blue Raiders opened the night with a 69-6 final to stay perfect with a 5-0 mark.

"We're improving. I've seen that. Our intensity is getting better and our conditioning is getting a little better," said Mustangs coach Al Morris as the mats were being rolled ups and hauled away. "We've still got a lot of technique we are needing to work on, but we fixed some stuff. It's a long season and we seem to be moving in the right direction."

Ethan West opened the match for the Mustangs with a pin at 145 pounds. Joey Vecchione followed at 152 with a pin that took less than a minute. At 160, Tristan Mason put the Mustangs on top 21-0 with the third Walker Valley pin of the night at 170 after Michael Teasley earned a decision at 160.

After trading points with forfeits at 182 and 195, The Mustangs' Jacob Anderson pinned his opponent at 220 to make it 33-6. Travis Nelson followed at 285 with a decision

Cookeville forfeits at 106 and 113 set the stage for a pin by Walker Valley's Mario Acevedo at 120. Cookeville picked up a technical fall win and followed up with a pin at 132. Peyton Stevens closed out the night for the Mustangs on a high note with a final pin at 138.

"Their coach always has their guys in a fighting mood and we're happy to get the win," said Morris, who's Mustangs will be in tournament action Saturday at the Tullahoma Invitational.

"We're seeing the progress. Some of them are still a little hard headed where they are still wanting to do it their way. They are going to learn though."


Sitting at the top of the state rankings after the first coaches' poll, the Blue Raiders had little trouble in their tune-up match before a busy weekend. Cleveland rolled into "The Stable" for Tuesday's opening match of the tri-meet at Walker Valley and rolled out less than an hour later with a 69-6 win over Cookeville.

The Raiders will return to the mat Friday against Father Ryan and will host the Cleveland Duals Saturday.

Cookeville opened with a forfeit win at 138, but gave the points back to the Raiders at 195, 106 and 113. Cleveland picked up 10 pins in the dominant victory over the Cavaliers.

Cleveland's Edward Christe-Couvillion (145) and  Austin Sweeney (152) both got pins in front of a pin by Nate Schillin at 160. The Raiders ran off a string of five pins from Zach Brezna (170), Ashton Davis (182), Isaiah Perex (220), Titos Swafford (285) and Charles Randall at (120). Burns Meagher (126) and Garrett Stevenson (132) finished up the rout with decisions for the Raiders.

"We had a lot of your guys in the lineup tonight getting some experience. They stepped up and did a good job," said Blue Raiders coach Joey Knox. "Cookeville has always got a good team and they are good sports. They come down here and wrestle every year. Coming to Bradley County you are always going to get good matches. They are a good team with a good coach and good kids."

Cleveland will take Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for a tough weekend of wrestling against some of the best teams in the area beginning Friday against Father Ryan and finishing up Saturday with the Cleveland Duals.

"Friday we have our alumni match at the Jones Center against Father Ryan. They have solid team and always a traditional powerhouse in wrestling. That will be a great match and great atmosphere," said Knox. "Saturday we have the Cleveland Duals which is kind of the area all-star teams.They all come there and wrestle and find out who is the best in the Chattanooga area. It will be a lot of fun this weekend."


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